Drones For Restricted Access
Examples include roofs, chimney stacks, aerials and lift mechanisms. Scaffolding has been one of the only options in the past, but this can be time consuming to organise and expensive to arrange. An emerging alternative is to hire a restricted access aerial photographer.
To photograph and record data from buildings of one or two storeys an aerial photographer may use a pole-mounted camera. These devices can typically reach around thirty feet into the air, so can be useful for basic roof inspections of domestic and small commercial properties.
Aerial camera poles serve a purpose, (Hire one here) but they are limited in terms of manoeuvrability and the heights they can get to. For something like an industrial building or church roof inspection viewing from a static position won’t help.
A restricted access aerial photographer can be far more flexible if he uses a drone. The advantages include –
- A drone legally be flown at up to 400 feet. This is more than enough height for most commercial roof inspections and reaching restricted access areas. The pilot must retain direct line of sight with the aircraft or work with a ‘spotter’ communicating by radio
- The cameras on professional drones are incredibly powerful. High definition images can identify minor cracks and early signs of damage and corrosion. Zoom lenses allow enable a restricted access aerial photographer to capture close-up images from some distance
- Drones can produce high-definition video data as well as photographs. For something like a roof inspection this is a useful way of getting an overall view of a large building and to pinpoint problem areas
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