Benefits of aerial inspection services

We have been awarded special permission from the UK CAA to fly within and very close to built-up and congested areas such as towns and cities.
Our UK CAA Operating Safety Case (OSC) gives us a 20 meter permission, which has huge advantages over the standard 50 meter permission.

The use of drones offer significant cost savings and additional safety to to traditional inspection services.
What once took several days to inspect can now be done in hours.

drones have been subject to bad press due to members of the public using them inappropiately, but in professional hands, they are a very useful tool.

An aerial inspection is one of the first options when other methods cannot be used, are too costly, or put workers at height risk.

Here are the different inspection access options:

Scaffolding

Positives:

  • Good for getting close up for inspections
  • It is required to carry out any repairs or remedial work
  • It can be used in heavily congested public places

Negatives:

  • Working at height risk to contractors/workmen
  • Requires time to set up and take down
  • Noisy to set up and take down
  • Roads and pavements may need to be closed, traffic controlled or re-routed
  • Only offers a close view
  • Can be costly over time

Mobile Elevation Platfoms

Positives:

  • Quick and easy access
  • Able to move positions to move positions
  • Minimal setup time

Negatives:

  • Working at height risk to contractors/workmen
  • Requires training to operate
  • 3rd party contractor required to supply
  • Requires flat and stable ground to operate
  • Space is required to operate
  • Roads or pavements may need to be closed, traffic controlled or re-routed
  • Only offers a close up view

Rope Access Team

Positives:

  • Quicker to setup than scaffolding
  • Quieter to set up than scaffolding
  • Less disruption to roads and pavements
  • Ability to inspect areas at heights higher than scaffold and mobile platforms
  • Can access areas where scaffolding and mobile platforms may not be able to reach

Negatives:

  • Working at height risk to contractors/workmen
  • Requires specialist training
  • 3rd party contractor required to supply
  • Can be high day-rate cost
  • Requires multi-skilled personnel
  • Only offers a close up view

Telescopic Mast

Positives:

  • No working at height risk to contractors or workmen
  • Can capture close up data as well as pictures from a distance
  • Low set up time
  • Quiet operation
  • Quick capture of data
  • Visible spectrum and thermal data capture
  • Realtime view of data
  • Low cost in comparison to other solutions
  • Can be operated within congested areas
  • Can operate in windy weather
  • Can be operated in very cold conditions

Negatives:

  • Not many tall masts available in the UK
  • May require roads and pavements temporarily re-routing or closed in congested areas
  • Must be operated by specially trained personnel

Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Positives:

  • No working at height risk to contractors or workmen
  • Can capture close up data as well as pictures from a distance
  • Low set up time
  • Quiet operation
  • Quick capture of data
  • Visible spectrum, thermal and infrared data capture
  • Realtime view of data on the ground during flight
  • Low cost in comparison to other solutions
  • Can be operated within congested areas with an Operating Safety Case
  • Ability to create 2D plans and 3D models

Negatives:

  • Requires fair weather to fly
  • 3rd party contractor required to supply
  • May require roads and pavements temporarily re-routing or closed in congested areas
  • Must be operated by specially trained personnel