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5 Reasons Why You Should Use Drones for Roof Inspections

By Roof Inspection

Drones provide safer inspections

Using Drones certainly eliminates the majority of risks associated with typical roof inspection methods. Typical risks arise due to the nature and design of the buildings. Complex designs, extreme heights, rotten roofs, and structures as well as hard to access areas can pose multiple risks to the workers, occupants of a property and those people around it. Collecting the data without putting the lives of the workers at risk is one of the major benefits of using the drones to inspect a wide range of properties.

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Ability to collect in-depth data

Drones allow immediate and easy access to almost every part of the building, this allows us to collect more useful information using onboard high-quality cameras. Even though there is still a requirement for the human expertise, a drone-based building inspection is faster, more efficient, accurate and usually cheaper.

Modern building inspection technologies allow people to get more details about the structures. By accessing the difficult to reach and tight spaces, the drones can capture more information that an inspector would not have managed using the conventional means. In addition, the drone can be used repeatedly, taking the photo or video from the same location over and over. This is helpful if you want to compare the before and after images once a repair is complete.

The drones have inbuilt GPS systems that make it possible to take shots of a location from the exact location at every visit, even if it is after a month or longer period. This means that the drone camera can be able to capture images and videos from the same elevations and angles that are impossible with the manual inspection by a human.

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The new technologies help you to get the job done faster

A lot of preparation goes into planning and executing a traditional building inspection. It, therefore, takes more time and workers to plan and complete one inspection. In addition, the different data collected using the various means must be combined and analysed to produce a report. With new technologies, such as drones, it requires only a short time to carry out an inspection once a client makes the request. Since it does not require mounting the climbing and access equipment, the drone- based inspection starts off immediately the team gets to the site. In addition, it performs the examination within a fraction of the time it would take using the conventional methods. The drones can then transmit the data to the inspection team on the ground or through the Cloud – allowing them to analyse the data and generate reports faster without putting anyone at risk.

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Drone-based roof inspections are less costly

Drone services can help in reducing the inspection costs significantly. There is no need to acquire and transport costly scaffolding, lifts, ladders and other climbing equipment and gear. In addition, it does not require as many people, hence cutting down on the equipment and labor costs.

Reducing the time and labor means that it is even possible to perform several building inspections in a day. In fact, a building inspector can perform multiple inspections simultaneously as long as there are enough drones and their pilots. The inspector can at the same time monitor all the inspections from a remote office through the internet and Cloud systems.

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Drones can reduce the insurance costs

Due to the risks associated with traditional roof inspections, the workers and sometimes the equipment and structure are insured against accidents and damages. And since many workers are required, the insurance costs can be high, thus reducing the revenue. The drones reduce the need to pay insure the workers and equipment since there are fewer if any risks.

Drone eliminates the need to follow the numerous regulations on health and safety. These requirements are often required when sending a human worker to perform the structural examinations or roof inspections on a block of flats or similar buildings.

The sites must be checked for any safety issues, which may arise due to height and other potential dangers. To perform such inspections, the regulation requires a check on the workers to confirm that they are in good health. This is also done for insurance purposes. However, the drones eliminate the need for the tests as well as insurance for the workers.

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The Benefits of Drones in the workplace

By Commerical, Property, Roof Inspection, Surveying, Uncategorised

Drones are consistently being used in the commercial workplace to make people’s lives easier and safer!

Whilst many people only look at drones through the lens created by mass hysteria, i.e.- the invasion of the privacy of civilians and extensive military uses, that is in fact not the case. To put it simply, drones were created to make our lives easier, and there is no better way to exercise that than at work. Drones are largely being used in industrial settings to monitor job sites, inspect gas and power lines, and to be used as security for the safety of the employees.

They are also used to map the progress of job sites from an aerial view, which can make the building process easier and faster. Another commercial use for drones is search and rescue, which is certainly beneficial to the public. The remotely operated drones can get a bird’s eye view of an area, with the ability to zoom in for a closer look using a high powered camera. Drones can also be used to put out large fires from a range that cannot be properly reached by conventional means.

The agriculture industry also uses these machines for farming, spraying pesticides, mapping areas, tracking and monitoring animal herds, and analyzing land to find optimal crop areas. As the FAA laws change, the commercial use of drones will change along with them. This will expand the regulated uses of drones in commercial industries, and there will be no telling what new and innovative uses will be discovered.

Removing dangers

For individuals in jobs that involve lots of time spent traveling to the extremities of where enterprises do business, or to a precarious perch to get a good view, like infrastructure inspection or site management, an opportunity presents itself.

Historically, it’s been a dangerous job to identify the state of affairs in the physical world and analyze and report on that information. It may have required climbing on tall buildings or unstable areas, or travelling to far-flung sites to inspect critical infrastructure, like live power lines or extensive dams.

Commercial drones, as part of the current wave of automation technology, will fundamentally change this process.

The jobs involved aren’t going away, but they are going to change.

 

New ways to amass data

Jobs that were once considered gruelling and monotonous will look more like knowledge-worker jobs in the near future.

Until now, people in these jobs have had to go to great lengths to collect data for analysis and decision-making.

That data can now be collected without putting people in harm’s way. Without the need to don a harness, or climb to dangerous heights, people in these jobs can extend their career.

We’ve seen this firsthand in our own work conducting commercial drone operation training for many of the largest insurers in America, whose teams typically include adjusters in the latter stages of their career.

When you’re 50 years old, the physical demands of climbing on roofs to conduct inspections can make you think about an early retirement, or a career change.

 

Keeping hard-earned skills in the workplace

But these workers are some of the best in the business, with decades of experience.

No one wants to leave hard-earned skills behind due to physical limitations.

We’ve found industry veterans like these to be some of the most enthusiastic adopters of commercial drones for rooftop inspections.

After one week-long session, these adjusters could operate a commercial drone to collect rooftop data without requiring any climbing.

Their deep understanding of claims adjustment can be brought to bear in the field without the conventional physical demands.

Specialists with knowledge and experience like veteran insurance adjusters are far harder to find than someone who can learn how to use a commercial drone system.

Removing the need to physically collect the data means the impact of their expertise can be global, and the talent competition for these roles will be global as well.

 

Digital skills grow in importance

Workers can come out on top in this shift by focusing on improving relevant digital skills.

Their conventional daily-use manual tools will become far less important than those tools that enable them to have an impact digitally.

The tape measure and ladder will go by the wayside as more work is conducted with iPads and cloud software.

This transition will also create many more opportunities to do work that simply doesn’t get accomplished today.

Take commercial building inspection as an example.

In the past, the value of a building inspection had to be balanced against many drawbacks, like the cost of stopping business so an inspection could be conducted, the liability of sending a worker to a roof, and the sheer size of sites.

 

Filling the data gap

The result is a significant data gap.

The state of the majority of commercial buildings is simply unknown to their owners and underwriters.

Using drones for inspections dramatically reduces the inherent challenges of data collection, which makes it feasible to inspect far more buildings and creates a demand for human workers to analyze this new dataset.

Filling this demand requires specialized knowledge and a niche skillset that the existing workers in this field, like the veterans from our training groups who were on the verge of leaving the field, are best-poised to provide.

This trend is happening in myriad industries, from insurance, to telecoms, to mining and construction.

 

Preparation now

Enterprises in industries that will be impacted by this technology need to make their preparations for this transformation now.

Those that do not, will not be around in 10 years.

Workers in jobs where careers are typically cut short due to physical risk need to invest in learning digital skills, so that they can extend the length of their career and increase their value, while reducing the inherent physical toll.

Individuals who see their employers falling behind in innovation have the freedom to pursue a career with a more ambitious competitor, or to take a leadership role kickstarting initiatives internally to keep pace.

There’s no shortage of challenges to tackle or problems to solve in the world.

Commercial drones, and the greater wave of automation technology, will enable us to address more of them. This will create many opportunities for the workers who are prepared to capitalize on this technology. That preparation must begin now.

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