Drone Survey

Working with View3D – one of the country’s leading teams of professional drone surveyors.

Capturing the world in 3D using cutting edge technology.

From offshore wind turbines to desert pipelines, communication towers, buildings, pylons, confined spaces, and all the nuts and bolts that make them – View3D specialise in drone survey services that save thousands in manual inspection fees, whilst improving safety.
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2D and 3D imagery and mapping

We provide drone survey services supported by 2D/3D imaging and mapping to developers, architects, surveyors, quarries, farmers, and more.

With high resolution drone surveys, planning officers can visualise your completed project, its elevations, and its wider angles in context with its future surroundings making approval more likely & reducing the risk of post-completion remedial work.

Carry out thorough risk assessments of hazardous, difficult-to-reach, or potential dangerous areas within your estate without putting staff in harm’s way or spending money on scaffolding or access equipment. Competitive prices, quick turnaround.

Capture all relevant data of the land you’re surveying with down-pointing RGB/multispectral sensors and LIDAR. Then knit together the aerial survey taken at the same time to generate highly accurate survey data and high-resolution imagery.

Use a drone survey and data to measure current stockpile volumes, compare current volumes to previous surveys, and to track individual site progress. Ideal for supply chain management, financial forecasting, and worksite operational efficiency.

From planning, foundation laying, topping out, to completion, monitor the progress of construction developments over time with aerial drone photography. 3D meshes can be created from imagery and used in your CAD and project management software.

In recent years, drone surveys have significantly cut farmers’ costs, improved profitability, and enhanced efficiency. Work with View3D to monitor irrigation systems, livestock, spraying accuracy, crop health, estate mapping and more

A drone survey assists property owners, government agencies, renewable energy suppliers, and more to protect and maintain buildings, assets, and the environment.

Using radio controlled quadcopter drones, we specialise in high-level aerial building inspections and surveys including roofing, chimney structures, and towers. We can also inspect/survey PV solar panels on roofs as part of a maintenance plan.

A roof survey is usually one of the most difficult areas of a building to survey. There are a number of items that are traditionally required for surveyors to complete an in-depth report. However, at View3D we work smarter to produce faster, cheaper, and more accurate data for you and your clients.

Developers and insurers face different types of risk from actual and potential flooding. Developers need sellable land to build residential and commercial property on and insurers need to cost the likely financial impact of flood-related claims.

Drone surveys can collect detailed data and imagery from forests quickly and accurately. Owners can continually assess the impacts of drainage, road construction, harvesting, tree health and condition, ground condition, and more.

Use regular drone surveys to create 2D and 3D maps of wind farms and individual turbines and for regular inspection. With drones, you can detect minor problems before they become major defects. Our drones can get as close as 3-10m from a turbine.

Drone surveys combined with EL imaging and thermal imaging can identify faulty solar panels, identify panels in need of immediate maintenance, and measure individual panel output performance. Regular solar farm drone inspection is recommended.

Drone surveys are replacing the use of light aircraft in erosion monitoring, particularly in coastal areas where erosion is a greater concern. Drone outputs are also at higher resolutions and quality than satellite imaging. Contact us for more information.

Smarter Solutions for all Industries

Work Smarter

Using UAV’s to provide aerial footage can benefit numerous industries and help them save time, money and health and safety risks enabling you to work smarter.

4K and VR Footage

All video and still footage can be delivered in UHD. The imagery can even be delivered in real time whilst an engineer/surveyor is wearing a FPV Headset directing the pilot.

Aerial Mapping

Get up to the minute data from a Digital Terrain Map by Drone Site Surveys. We can quickly and accurately process large data sets to give site professionals more control.

Photogrammetry Benefits

Using state of the art software we can extrapolate accurate spatial information from our footage. Use technology to benefit your workload, get accurate information, quickly.

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Drone Survey FAQ

Put it plainly, it’s a survey of your property using images and video taken from a drone. The images are processed and viewed on a computer and a report is compiled with recommendations and findings of issues your roof may have. It’s important to note, that a drone survey must have a document that details findings otherwise if there is no document all you have is a drone inspection.

Using a drone provides a number of advantages. First off, it’s important to consider what you are surveying. If you are using a drone to survey a downstairs window for example, then you’re probably doing it wrong. However, surveying at height involves a number of problems that drones help solve.

Risk: Working at height carries risk. If it’s on a scaffolding, cherry picker or a ladder, there is a risk to life. With a drone this is not necessary as a pilot takes off and keeps their feet planted firmly on the ground.

Cost: This comes hand in hand with risk. When there is a danger to life completing a job, the cost invariably goes up. Whether that’s in the cost of the man power, or equipment hire, it’s more expensive to survey with traditional methods. Equipment hire, also may come with the need for road closures or supervisory staff to ensure the equipment is being used safely. This adds to the cost. A drone company will send a pilot, this pilot may have 1 other person as a spotter however but that is it, we own the equipment needed so this will drive your surveying costs through the floor.

Quality: A drone is a small and nimble piece of equipment and a roof or other assets at height are often complex. A drone can survey every angle of your asset in 4K ultra HD quality. Something you could never have done traditionally as accessing these complex assets increases the danger and is often impossible depending on the asset being surveyed.

Speed: Any of the above, particularly equipment hire and road closures can severely slow down a traditional survey. However, a drone survey may mean a pilot on site for a few hours, then analysing the findings and producing a report. A survey can typically be turned around in 3 working days. In that time you may not have been able to even secure a scaffolding to get to the required height. This is why we use the tag line “Work Smarter” drones to help you and your surveyors work smarter, saving time and money.

We are asked this question all the time. However, will drones ever replace surveyors? No, the need for a qualified surveyor will never die. A drone will just change the way a surveyor does their job, but the need to analyse the footage and make recommendations requires a surveyor and that will never change.

If a surveyor no longer needs to attend a site, this will be a good thing and will free up surveyors time. So instead of replacing surveyors, drones make their life easier and speed up the delivery of their reports.

There are a number of options for drone surveys. We’ve mentioned the report that can be produced however there are a few other items that a drone surveying company such as ourselves can provide.

Advanced Survey from a RICS Surveyor: This is a special survey carried out by a RICS Accredited surveyor. Depending on the choice of survey you require, they can provide a desktop survey based on the provided footage. Or, they could physically visit the premises and perform a further in-depth analysis combined with our footage. This report can be used to help in insurance or warranty claims. .

Measurements & Models: Our drones, combined with ground control points, give us an accuracy of +- 2cm. We then process this using photogrammetry software. When processed, you see a 3D model of your site, where measurements can be taken. This is particularly good for construction site progress or measuring stock volumes as it’s much faster, cheaper and accurate than traditional methods.

Thermal Reports: Our team are qualified thermographers and our drones carry the latest in thermal cameras. With a thermal survey, our team can identify issues such as water ingress or heat loss. These are fantastic additions to your drone survey if you think there are particular sections of your assets that may have failed. See an example thermal image below.

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