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5 reasons to use a drone for asset inspections

Asset inspections, whether for surveying, construction, energy, insurance or maintenance purposes, are often a time consuming, expensive and risky process involving equipment hire and putting workers in risky situations.

No need for cherry pickers with a drone

Drones are beginning to challenge this way of working however, delivering faster, cheaper and safer inspection services along with higher quality data.

Our top 5 reasons to use a drone for inspection are...

1. Reduce risk

Drones remove the need to put workers at height, expose them to unpleasant weather conditions and risky environments (especially in the energy, oil gas and similar industries). Not only do drones minimise health and safety risks, they also mean you don't need expensive insurance for each inspection. (Just make sure your drone operator has the necessary CAA permission and insurance.)

2. Improve data quality

The high definition still and video imagery drones collect means every crack, missing tile or defect can be identified from the comfort of your office. Using a drone also means you can cover every area of a building or hard to reach site with 4K video, which is easily downloaded and shared, avoiding the need for repeat visits or inspections.

Add to this thermal imaging and 3D modelling capabilities and a drone can deliver the complete dataset on a structure.

3. Work faster and smater

Most drone inspections can be completed in less than an hour in the air, delivering comprehensive results far more quickly than traditional methods. In most cases machinery such as masts, wind turbines and other complex systems don't need to be shut down when inspected by a drone, which means there's no interruption to day-to-day operations.

4. Cost-effective

Say goodbye to hiring or buying ladders, cherry-pickers, scaffolding, towers and other access equipment. Inspections that might require several days equipment hire can be completed by drone in an hour or less, cost far less, and free up your time for more inspections while providing high quality data.

5. One flight, multiple purposes

While the prime aim of a drone flight may be to inspect a structure, the images captured can be used in multiple ways, from maintenance planning to asset valuation, dilapidation assessments and even striking sales and marketing images.

Do get in touch to discuss how drones could help your business.

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