Inspections of Buildings and Structures

As recognised by the NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors), we can provide a solid business relationship with NFRC members along with advice and guidance.

Visual inspections using UAV aircraft produce highly accurate visual record of a building roof, flashings, brickwork, protruding infrastructure, guttering, ventilation and can easily reach difficult areas that would be cost prohibitive to do by any other conventional methods such as scaffolding or cherry pickers. Use of UAV’s also eliminate the risk to persons working at height thus applying the first rule to any risk assessment which is to eliminate the hazard.

Aerial platforms we operate are fitted with a selection of prime lenses 12mm through to 45mm and zoom lenses 14mm to 42mm allowing ‘on the fly’ zoom capability to capture that suspect area for closer detailed inspection.

Our surveys will allow site managers with their specialist contractors to view the images seen by the UAV camera live on the camera operators ground station monitor in HD quality or via a larger monitor within our professionally equipped vehicle. We can even stream the images live if necessary.

What you will receive from the survey is a professional written report setting out the visual images captured. What the images represent on the roof or structure and where suspected problems require further investigation. In addition, you will also receive digital RAW high-resolution files and or video in 4k which you can view on your own computer, large display monitor or projector.  As with all visual inspections, these enable an informed decision to be then made as to whether further physical inspection is necessary and is the most cost-effective method to allow you to make that all important informed decision before applying conventional costly man carrying inspection methods.

Using high resolution images captured of the survey site, we can create a detailed and accurate 3D model representation that interfaces with Autodesk products used for Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Other advantages using UAV’s are that we can usually easily move to a different location of the building or structure when your site manager or specialist contractor unexpectedly identify something that they would like to take a closer look at, but was not captured in the client’s brief.  This type of unplanned unexpected surveying would not happen if scaffolding needed moving or a cherry picker required a road closure arrangement and if it did, then a heavy additional cost would require financial approval. 

The cost benefits, short lead-in times and delegation of liabilities when using a professional UAV operator are becoming industry standards for such inspection work.