Structural Survey by Drone

Structural survey by drone is the most advanced way to carry out inspection work. A key part to any external building maintenance schedule is the inspection phase. This can sometimes be considered the most important stage as it ensures a…

Quick aerial video

Aerial video is increasingly in demand even when the client just wants stills taken for an aerial roof inspection.

This week Aerial Media Scotland have been working in the Scottish Borders for the local Housing Association carrying out aerial roof surveys on a number of there flat roofed residential properties in Selkirk, Galashiels Pebbles and Hawick.  The task was to carryout a three day trial to see the feasibly and capability of a drone carrying out structural aerial surveys of the roof, gutters and downpipes of the properties, though this ending up starting with an aerial video being taken.

Aerial video on the first day.

As far as we were lead to believe, Scottish Borders Housing Association are the first to have embraced new technology and used a drone to carry out structural aerial surveys in Scotland. As this was a new experience for the property managers the first morning was spent down at there head office demonstrating the capabilities of the aerial drone, showing it’s safety features and its high resolution digital still and video camera.

As the morning progressed this lead to a the managers asking for a short aerial video being filmed for them to use as during a presentation for the board members to get a better understanding of what can be done with a drone and a fully qualified pilot with camera operator.

The rest of the afternoon was spent proving how quick and successful the drone was in carrying out the structural aerial surveys and recording the condition of each roof, with far more building being surveyed over the trial period than we originally planned.

Safety and efficiency of a drone

The speed, safety and efficiency of the drone was a huge bonus, but the roofs hadn’t been surveyed before due to access issues. Previously if this type of inspection was planned, access would have either been via pole and clamp scaffolding or by large truck mounted cherry picker. Each of these methods are much slower, more expensive and potentially less safe as you are exposing staff to working at heights.   For more information of roof and structural aerial surveys please click here.

Sit back and turn the volume up for a very quick wee video.

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