Drones are a fast and effective method of inspecting objects at height. They are especially useful when you want to look at chimney stacks, guttering or solar panels.
A Drone in a Nutshell
A drone is an aerial vehicle which is controlled remotely by a drone pilot on the ground. They have become popular for inspection and survey purposes because with a camera attached to a drone, images and videos can be produced giving a birds-eye view of tall buildings without the risks from traditional methods of viewing at height.
Why are they Useful?
Before drones came along the only way to view a chimney stack from above would be to climb up a ladder or erect scaffolding and walking platforms. Not only is this a dangerous way to carry out an inspection because of the risk of falling, it is also slower. It could take a day or two depending on the size of the building to organise the scaffolding and get it up and then you’ve got the time the person doing the job will take to carry out the inspection.
A drone inspection can be organised very quickly, and the actual inspection can be finished in an hour or so. We can then edit and process the images on the same day if it is urgent. You can also view live video footage from our vehicle and inspect the chimney stack in real time.
Another useful aspect of drone photography is that it is able to capture photograph and video angles which can’t be done with traditional photography. That means if there is damage in hard to access areas a drone camera can normally find it.
Are Drones Cost Effective?
Yes. They can be much cheaper than erecting scaffolding. If you don’t know exactly where the damage is to your chimney stack you can’t just erect it in the damage area, you have to put up scaffolding for the whole of the building which is costly. A drone inspection is also a cost effective when you are thinking about maintenance. If you need to see that your chimney stack is in good order, then a drone inspection can give you the information you want quickly. It’s also cheaper than hiring a person to inspect it and erecting scaffolding.
What about Safety and Security?
We have strict safety procedures and all our drones are licensed with the Civil Aviation Authority. We inspect the area before a drone is sent up and we also let your nearby neighbours know that a drone inspection is to take place. The drone is in the air for around an hour and after that the procedure has been completed. Unlike scaffolding which may be around your home for a day or two after any inspections leaving your home at risk from burglary.
What Exactly does the Drone Inspection Service Give Me?
Firstly, we find out what we can about the area where the chimney stacks are located. If there are any neighbours nearby we will let them know that there will be a drone in the air. Secondly, on the day of the inspection we will operate our drone camera to take high resolution 4k images at various angles both with a camera and a video. If you need to see the images there and then, you can watch the live feed from our mobile office. Otherwise we take the footage back to our office in Dundee and process and edit the work so that it can be sent out within 48 hours.
Once the repair has taken place, we can send our drone camera up to inspect the chimney stacks again to ensure that the repair has been carried out properly.
It’s impossible to give a figure without knowing more about the inspection so we recommend that you give us a ring on 01382 609015 or fill out the form on our contact page and we can speak to you about your requirements.
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