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Even for the lonely homes. Building inspection by drone.

Some houses are surrounded by people inside and out. Some are not. Some are home to people located in remote, hard-to-reach areas.

Some houses are surrounded by people inside and out. Some are not. Some are home to people located in remote, hard-to-reach areas.

There are fundamental differences between the two, but they, along with all buildings, have one thing in common; they will eventually need inspecting.

Building inspection types.

There are a few different goals a building inspector might have when he is inspecting a building. The most common are:

These inspections would traditionally be completed using a ladder, a set of trained eyes and a hand-held camera. Of those three elements, two can be improved using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (also known as a drone.)

Drones as a tool for building inspection.

There are more than a few advantages of employing drones for building inspections. The obvious being the ability to fast and easily reach remote areas or hard-to-reach parts of a construction, like the roof.

But drones eliminate a lot of other hazards from the inspection process.

Credit: ABJ Drones

The highest quality of visual data.

The image quality becomes much higher with a camera mounted on a UAV. One reason is the UAV’s ability to stabilize and avoid blurry images. Another comes from the fact that it is possible to position a UAV almost anywhere, to get the optimal vantage point.
This means that the quality of the visual data acquired from a UAV will often be much higher than what can be captured by a hand-held camera.

Adding a thermal camera to the mix and you really start seeing amazingly useful data. Thermal cameras can detect hotspots indication leakages anywhere on a building instantly.

Time- and cost-efficient.

Two words we all like to hear, whether we are performing a building inspection or paying for one.

Because drones can capture images faster and more efficiently, they save a ton of time when acquiring the data. If inspectors are also using a data management platform with AI fault detection, those savings can really skyrocket, as they won’t have to manually analyse the data later on.

“We recently used Scopito Expert Analysis for our building inspection job, and the results were great.”

A look back through time.

Construction- and maintenance projects alike have great use for a historical view of visual data. The ability to compare the state of a facade or roof from one point in time to another provides insights about construction progress or changes completed during restoration.

This kind of comparative view can also help identify weak points in a construction, or see the effects of environmental factors on a roof or facade.

Keeping building inspection data in a safe online environment also means it is easily accessible to both the inspector and the customer for as long as needed.

Safety.

A topic that is often brought up, when drones and inspections are mentioned in the same sentence.

Because drones provide easy access to hard-to-reach areas, they greatly improve the safety of those carrying out inspections. Using a drone completely eliminates the need for scaffolding, ropes, and ladders during the inspection process.

Furthermore, repair-teams are aware of a construction’s state before accessing it to complete repairs and this knowledge means fewer hazardous situations.

No matter the type of home, choosing drones to inspect it saves time and money, keeps the inspection and maintenance crew safe, and provides the most useful data.

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