A Drone or UAV is an unmanned aerial vehicle. A UAV or drone is piloted remotely for take-off, flight and landing. Most have heard of drones being used for military purposes. However, drones are finding many other uses. Many creative people are finding uses in different industries including the construction industry.
What can a drone carry?
Drones like their much larger counterparts are able to carry other things besides just themselves. A common feature or payload for many drones are cameras. These cameras can be linked via Bluetooth to a screen on the remote control module to allow the operator to see the images that they are capturing while the UAV is in flight. This takes the guessing game out of the flight process and insures a higher degree of flight effectiveness.
How can this technology benefit you as a building owner?
Professional roof consultants are using drones to provide different flat roof inspection services in Toronto & GTA. As drones are continued to be developed and deployed, the opportunities for new services continues to grow as well.
Using Drones for Flat Roof Inspections
Access Hard to Reach Areas
There are many buildings and structures that are difficult to gain access to. There may also be obstructions or building features that make access difficult or dangerous. Using a drone can help minimize costs associated with accessing these areas. They can also keep individuals safely away from sources of danger during the inspection process. There are many times where buildings are connected to the power grid at an external exposed point on the building. These areas can present waterproofing issues and require closer inspection. By using drones, the operator can remain at a safe distance away from the power supply but still be able to assess the area for waterproofing problems that require attention.
Cost Effective Aerial Imagery
For many reasons building owners and managers like to have aerial images of their buildings. They may use these images for documenting the condition of the existing building for insurance coverage. The images may be used for planning and development of the property. Aerial images allow building owners and managers to be able to gain a better oversight of their property.
A primary factor in the long-term performance of roofing systems is the drainage of the roof system. Roof systems that provide better drainage and limit the ponding water on the roof system perform better long-term. Aerial imagery provides a better opportunity to assess the overall drainage patterns of the building. Using a professional roofing services provider who deploys drone technology can be a quicker and more cost-effective solution for building owners and property managers.
Aerial Infrared Inspection
Many building owners and property managers have used infrared scanning services to help assess the condition of their roofing systems and identify moisture issues. Infrared technology is used to locate trapped moisture within roof assemblies. The images captured by a drone equipped with an IR camera can then be interpreted to help determine potential areas of trapped moisture.
There have been two traditional methods of capturing infrared images. The primary method has been to deploy a technician with handheld infrared cameras to perform assessments. The other option has been to contract with an aerial infrared thermography company. New drones are now able to carry an infrared camera as a payload. There are benefits to using a drone affixed with an infrared camera. Drones can be a more cost-effective solution as the technology can be deployed locally at the site instead of flying a small airplane from an airport. The drone can be flown for a fraction of the cost of a manned plane. In addition, the drone can hover over the target and capture more images when compared to a flyover taking place.
Drones are like any other tool that a professional roof consultant uses. They are an extension of the individual. Drones enhance the ability of the consultant to do their job and provide quality services to their clients.
Do you have a building or structure that can benefit from implementing drone technology? Using a qualified Toronto roofing consultant can significantly help with the process and help eliminate problems. Contact SMC Group for more information at 905-218-3507