At Paragon Drones, we follow what we like to call the three R’s. They stand for:
- Reduce Risk
- Reduce Time
- Reduce Costs
In this article we will outline just how a Drone can reduce the cost of maintenance and inspections.
Commercial drones are used in a multitude of ways to help reduce the costs of infrastructure maintenance.
Aerial surveillance is by no means a new thing, but the likes of helicopter or plane flybys are expensive and not exactly practical. Drones on the other hand are far cheaper and are ready to go when you are, with no runway, or large landing area needed.
Not just pictures
Drones can do more than just take images. 3D mapping and orthomosaics can be used to deliver fast overviews of vast locations, saving money on more intensive solutions. Construction is another growth area, along with other worksites including quarries and mines, with site management and development a welcome home for drone use.
High tech drones such as the ones we use at Paragon Drones have full GPS technology, meaning that flight paths can be replicated time and time again. This also means that drones can deliver cost effective comparative day-by-day, month-by-month or even year-by-year progression inspections.
Due to the age of the building heritage site inspections can become increasingly difficult and therefore the cost is raised. Traditional scaffolding and standard building inspection practices are often not an option and instead, cherry-pickers or other such machinery are required.
Drones can reduce the expenditure of such endeavours exponentially over time. Not only can drones help with large building inspections, but using high tech drone technology, they can also rediscover traces of structures or gardens buried and lost with time.
Building repairs & developments
Commercial drones can help reduce the cost of repairs, gaining access to hard to reach areas such as roofs, towers, chimneys, producing high-quality imagery for analysis, using imagery enhancing software and/or alongside a qualified inspector.
The decision can then be made if a repair is required from the tangible evidence that is presented. A more cost-efficient process rather than erecting intrusive, labour intensive scaffolding from the beginning. When it comes to building inspections, the costs associated with scaffolding and rope- access are a substantial addition to the final costs.
Drone technology can also be used by town planners or building developers to plan new development and track progress over time, further reducing the cost of standard city planning.
Domestic and industrial maintenance
Industrial units require maintenance, and as time goes on this maintenance becomes more important. Identification of damp or leaking roofs can be expensive, requiring multiple professionals to inspect these areas – which are often difficult and unsafe to access. With a drone, aerial photography can be produced to help identify the source of the issue and a plan of action can be made, with no need to ever leave the ground. This can save significant labour-pay and risk assessment costs that can usually be associated with such a job.
Domestic building inspections
When it comes to either new build or old, often you will need a scaffold put up for inspection purposes, and they don’t come cheap. Often they will stay up longer than the client may like and then not only are you paying out more for inspection but the customer is unhappy too.
But that is where a drone can help. With instant access to hard to reach areas, inspections are a breeze, and with limited disturbance and risk to staff and customers and compared to scaffolding.
If you are interested in reducing the expenditure of your business or industry, get in touch with us today, to discuss how we can help you to achieve the three R’s
Reduce Risk | Reduce Time | Reduce Costs