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UAV Drone Surveys

UAV Drone Surveys

High Access Solutions Ltd offers a wide range of services for the work at height sector, one of which includes the ability to conduct UAV Drone Surveys.

Due to the recent developments in UAV technology, the availability of 4K video, high resolution cameras, thermal imaging and Lidar data has extended the range of structural surveys to airborne operations utilising UAV Drones.

Options Available:

We offer standard options as detailed below or can tailor our services to your project requirements:

Option 1: consisting of a flash drive or web link to detailed video and / or images of the structure and a brief word document of the initial findings.

Option 2: consisting of option 1 and a fully detailed condition report from a RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) Chartered Surveyor.

Results from these UAV Drone Surveys can be seen almost instantaneously depending on the model of drone used for the survey. USB elements of UAV’s also allow for quick sharing of data once the drone has returned from its survey, meaning that results can be with the client within just a few hours of survey completion. Thanks to the streaming capabilities of some of the drones available for use, a HD video can be seen while the drone is in the air, enabling live feedback on the condition of structures or other requirements that the UAV Drone Survey might be for.

Control of Operations:

The control of flight operations is strictly authorised by the (CAA) Civil Aviation Authority, all pilots are assessed and granted a (PFAW) Permission For Ariel Work once qualified and carry drone specific public liability insurance.

All of our pilots have a PFAW (Permission For Aerial Work) Licence issued from the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) We are fully insured with specific drone insurance with public liability of £2m for each claim.

Are UAV Drone Surveys right for my project?

There are some basic parameters that must be observed as part of the planning and operational aspects of UAV Drone use:

As a brief overview, the UAV Drone must be flown as follows without further special permissions granted by the CAA.

  • Maintain a distance of 50m from people and property not in control of the pilot, 30m during take-off and landing.
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 150m from crowds of over 1000 people.
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 150m from congested areas (if under 7kg maximum take-off weight, an exemption to this restriction will be granted as standard, however you will still need to adhere to the 50m rule mentioned above).
  • Within line of sight, no higher than 122m above ground level and to a distance of 500m which gives a total area of 1km from the central pilot take-off point.
  • During daylight hours, so that you can clearly see the SUA and take avoiding action from other air users if required.
  • Outside of controlled airspace.

There are exceptions to the rules however pilots and companies must gain special permissions by presenting operational safety cases for specific flight tasks to the CAA and apply for permission.

Other uses for our UAV Drone Surveys can be found below:

  • Structure Inspections
  • Roofing inspections
  • Chimney inspections
  • General building surveying
  • Rivers and geological surveys
  • Water sampling
  • Weed control and spraying
  • Traffic management
  • 4K Video capture
  • 3D imaging & Volumetric analysis
  • Thermal imaging
  • Internal surveying

Key Benefits:

One of the key benefits of UAV Drone Surveys is that there is no risk to employees who would have otherwise had to access the structure being surveyed and conducted the survey manually. Using a UAV is a much safer way for detailed information to be gathered in a short space of time due to the operating limits.

In terms of access it is much safer, more environmentally friendly than having to employ the use of MEWP’s or scaffolding – the UAV Drone Survey requires no area of the building to be closed off while the survey is being completed due to the altitude of the drone. This means that the structure in question has no impediments on its daily running, as there would be if other methods had to be employed.

The UAV Drone Survey, in comparison to MEWP’s and scaffolding has many other benefits too, for example, using a UAV significantly reduces time spent on the survey portion of a project or it allows for quick information to be captured covering the full area of the site. The UAV drone takes less than half an hour to set up ready for the survey to begin, whereas scaffolding takes significant time to erect and then dismantle – the same can be said for hire of a MEWP.

Due to the high quality of images that UAV Drone Surveys produce, the results far outweigh any manual surveys that might take place, aiding in fast accurate surveys to be completed by our surveyors. If required the drone can also capture in infra-red for thermal imaging capabilities and can layer up images that have been taken to create a 3D structure of an area. Night flying is also a possibility, using night vision capabilities on the UAV’s camera.

Overall the UAV Drone Survey is a high quality manner in which to collect data of a survey area, with none of the risk of having to use work at height methods to reach the altitude required. It is a cost effective and safe method of collecting information which can be used to plan and enhance construction projects.

High Access Solutions Ltd aim is to deliver award-winning project design and development in the work at height safety sector, we offer our clients a full turnkey solution for your project.  Please contact us for all your work at height project requirements.

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