It’s a common thought that the current methods of roof inspections and maintenance are somewhat outdated, and the roofing industry as a whole is known for being hazardous, inefficient and often expensive. However, drone technology is beginning to change this.
According to a report published in 2018/2019 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), almost half (49%) of fatal workplace injuries were as a result of falls from height. This shows an undisputed need to improve the safety of those who work in the roofing industry.
Traditional Inspections in the Roofing Industry
Traditional methods of roof inspections involve a person climbing onto the roof, thereby putting themselves at risk of a fall. Roof maintenance requires a physical inspection to determine the cause and solution to a problem, and as a result, roof inspections are infrequently used as a method of prevention.
Roof inspections are expensive to carry out and thus are not done as often as they should be. This often leads to an increase in maintenance that could have been prevented, had regular inspections been done.
So, what’s the answer to the outdated and hazardous methods for roof inspections? Enter: drone technology.
Which Types of Buildings are Inspected in This Survey?
The buildings that are inspected in the dilapidation survey majorly include landscape areas, commercial & residential buildings, and municipal infrastructure.
What is Recorded in the Dilapidation Report?
All the internal, as well as external walls and floor cracks including ceiling cracks, floor & wall tiling, retaining walls, external roofs, masonry fences, roadways, and channeling, are recorded in the dilapidation survey.
The depth of the dilapidation report entirely depends on the size of the project under inspection. Projects having large infrastructures like tunnels, pipelines, roads usually have a dilapidation report consisting of thousands of properties.
Why Dilapidation Survey is Essential
Building construction, infrastructure projects, road works, high-end development, and demolitions can sometimes lead to defects in the adjoining structure if proper precautions are not undertaken. This resulting damage creates situations where it becomes difficult to prove how it occurred and who is responsible for it.
The dilapidation report protects the property owner as well as the builder. It includes all the potential disputes regarding the condition of the property to avoid any inconvenience in the event if the property suffers any damage subsequent to nearby work.
How Drones Can Help in the Dilapidation Survey
The traditional methods of property inspection have several challenges associated with them. These methods involve high cost, a long time, and great risk. That is why construction companies are now looking for advanced methods to improve the quality and ease of their survey.
Drone-based inspections have come forward as a new paradigm in the construction and development industry because they have significantly improved the efficiency and data acquisition quality parallel to increasing speed as well as safety.
Drones are being used to inspect a wide variety of assets like aerial photography, surveying, deliveries, and asset inspection, etc. They produce detailed and accurate inspection data and minimize the mistakes that generate human errors.
Benefits of Drone Inspection in the Dilapidation Survey
In-depth and Detailed Insight
The advanced technology in drones can easily navigate close structures for capturing minute details. They can take high-resolution images that clearly show damage, cracks, misplaced wires, and other defects at angles that humans cannot see. This allows inspection teams to collect more detailed and comprehensive data.
Minimize Danger and Health Risks
Drones make it easy to inspect tall and complex buildings such as pipelines, oil refineries, and flare stakes, etc. They can reach hard-to-reach areas where humans cannot reach. Drones eliminate the need for physically accessing dangerous locations where height, wind, and weather can lead to serious accidents as well as health risks.
Ability to Suit Different Inspection Needs
Drones hold the ability to inspect high or low altitudes. They come in several different sizes offering a wide variety to suit the right tools according to inspection needs. This is highly useful for rooftop inspections and building developers.
Easily Shareable Data
Drones can capture images, make videos, produce thermal images, transmit data and can perform other advanced functions that enable them to collect and share the information which may take several months using conventional methods. Furthermore, you can easily share all the standard reports and analytical data across different sectors. Different industries can customize the information in different ways for interpreting and sharing relevant data.
Save Money and Time
Drones reduce the cost and time required to access towers, use aerial lifts, erect ladders, set up stages, and other heavy tools. In addition, they can perform in-depth analysis and detailed surveys without even demanding humans to be present at the location physically. Drones can cover more area in less time thus saving both time and money.
Using drones for performing a dilapidation survey offers many benefits that are less risky, less expensive, and less time-consuming. Thus, drones are gradually replacing the traditional methods of conducting surveys that are more likely to produce inaccurate data and human errors.
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