Proper building maintenance means doing regular, visual inspections of the exterior. The problem is that sometimes it can be difficult to see parts of the outside of the building, particularly if it is more than a few stories. Even a roof inspection on a one-story home would be impossible without climbing up and taking a look.
This is where, instead of performing the time-consuming and potentially dangerous task of setting up a ladder, climbing up, and walking on the roof to check its condition, just send drone up, document with photos or video, and analyze the footage later.
Using drones for building inspection is also a fraction of the cost to do a survey or an inspection using a harness and line off the top of a building.
Insurance has been one of the slower industries to innovate, but drones for insurance inspections are proving to be a productive way to reduce LAE, improve efficiency, and keep adjusters safer.
For a roof inspection, you’ll need a drone built with a quality camera. It should be high enough resolution to show even the slightest hail or wind damage, and many drone solutions take advantage of adjustable gimbals in order to get a variety of high-quality images.
Drone mapping is a powerful new tool for inspection — allowing you to safely and easily capture a high-resolution aerial view of a site in minutes.
Inspecting a busy construction site can be dangerous. Drones can carry out a visual inspection of high-risk areas which reduces health and safety risks because site managers can watch the footage from the safety of their site offices.
Once on some sites, the drone pilot flew a DJI Phantom 3 and automated his flight plan using the DroneDeploy app. It only took about 10–12 minutes, flying at 55 meter (180 feet) for the Phantom 3 to collect more than 300 geo-tagged photos covering the area.
Video showing application drones in building and insurance inspections:
Some drones that can be used for building and insurance inspections: