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Drone Inspections Offer Far Better Building Inspections

The potential of drones in building inspections in terms of their ability to identify building defects and real estate misnomers is big. Drone technologies are a recent innovation in the building inspection sector. They promise to deliver better results and more comprehensive visual inspections of any building.

Drones can be equipped with thermal imaging cameras and cameras with extensive zoom capabilities. This can help building inspectors identify where property defects exist during asset inspections.

Traditional building inspections are often hindered by complex exterior facades, and curtain wall panelling. Historically, building inspection teams have been required to climb up buildings using platforms and ropes or even in man cages on cranes. This is time consuming and can be dangerous.

Furthermore, photographs taken from the ground level often don’t identify defects on roofs and raised areas of the building. By using remote drone technology, drone pilots can identify defects in these areas quite easily. Reaching hard to access areas is difficult using traditional methods, however, using drones, roof inspections becomes a very simple task.

Commercial drones can be equipped with additional features. These features enable the operator to identify issues like rising damp, water ingress and sealant leakages. For example, thermal imaging cameras can identify areas where water has infiltrated the building. Similarly, thermal imaging cameras show where hot or cold air is being trapped, possibly at detriment to the building. They also identify hot and cold air loss at various seasonal times of the year from the positive heating or cooling within the building envelope.

Similarly, drone cameras with enhanced zoom capabilities can assist in identifying defects and potential for defects. For example, cameras with a 30x zoom can identify where sealant has failed to adhere to the surrounding edges or has over time used up its life expectancy and begun to break down requiring removal and replacement.

Leaking sealant can indicate that roofing structures, beams or facades aren’t attached properly. Leaking sealant can also lead to water damage following rain. It is important to identify leaking sealant during any building inspection.

The extent of sealant leakage is difficult to identify using traditional cameras. However, with a remotely operated drone camera with a high-powered zoom, inspectors can evaluate defects easily. 3D models produced by the drone technology offer greater potential to identify building defects.

A recent building inspection in Burwood, highlighted the poorly applied sealant around the external façade panels where water ingress was occurring, up to the 16th floor.

The use of professional drones equipped with high quality cameras can reduce the time it takes to inspect a building by 70%. The enhanced functionality of commercially available drone cameras also offers better aerial photography and more comprehensive building inspections. You still require the 40 years’ experience of understanding construction methods and materials to determine the defects and scope of rectification for the client. Flying the drone is not enough.

Contact SBDIR today to arrange for a high-resolution drone inspection in Sydney. We have been in the business over 20 years. We have extensive experience providing cost effective drone inspection services and writing dilapidation reports in the wider Sydney region. We’re open for business five days per week, call us today on 0419 416 040 to arrange your building inspection.