Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Using Drones for Building Inspections - Cost effective aerial Imagery!

Using a Drone for Roof Inspection
What is a drone?
A UAV or drone is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle that is piloted remotely. You’ve likely heard of drones being used for military purposes, but they are finding many other uses. As a licensed Florida home inspector and Licensed UAS(Unmanned Aircraft Systems) pilot, Commendable Inspection is using drones for Roof and other inaccessible area inspections. We can get to places that were too high, inaccessible or just too expensive to observe with lifts, scaffolds or piloted helicopters.
There are many buildings and structures that are difficult to gain access to. There may also be obstructions or building features that make access difficult or dangerous. Using a drone can help minimize costs associated with accessing these areas. They can also keep individuals safely away from sources of danger during the inspection process.
An example of a difficult to access area would be a church steeple. Typically, older structures have a much steeper roof structure which makes accessing these types of building features difficult.  Using a drone to complete steeple inspection allows quick access to these areas without setting up scaffolding. This results in a faster assessment with a reduced cost.
There are many times where buildings are connected to the power grid at an external exposed point on the building. These areas can present waterproofing issues and require closer inspection. By using drones, the operator can remain at a safe distance away from the power supply but still be able to assess the area for waterproofing problems that require attention.

·       Cost Effective Aerial Imagery

For many reasons building owners and managers like to have aerial images of their buildings. They may use these images for documenting the condition of the existing building for insurance coverage. The images may be used for planning and development of the property. Aerial images allow building owners and managers to be able to gain a better oversight of their property.
A primary factor in the long-term performance of roofing systems is the drainage of the roof system. Roof systems that provide better drainage and limit the ponding water on the roof system perform better long-term. Aerial imagery provides a better opportunity to assess the overall drainage patterns of the building.
Aerial imagery services can be costly. Building owners and property managers are forced to wait for the aerial imagery company’s schedule which may take several months before they are in the area of the building.
In addition, the aerial image company is not capable of interpreting the images to help determine the current drainage patterns for the building or other features of the roof system. Using a professional roofing contractor who deploys drone technology can be a quicker and more cost effective solution for building owners and property managers.
·       Aerial Infrared
New UAVs or drones are now able to carry an infrared camera as a payload. There are benefits to using a drone affixed with an infrared camera. Drones can be a more cost effective solution as the technology can be deployed locally at the site instead of flying from a remote airport. The drone can be flown for a fraction of the cost of a manned plane.  In addition, the drone can hover over the target and capture more images when compared to a flyover taking place.
Downside to Drones?
As with any other technology, drones are not the answer in all situations. There is no substitute for a professional roofing contractor being able to step on your roof system and complete an hands-on assessment of your building.
Drones are like any other tool that a professional inspector uses.  They are an extension of the individual. UAVs enhance the reach of an inspector and provide quality services to their clients.
Do you have a building or structure that can benefit from implementing drone technology?  Or needs any other type of inspection services?
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