"A picture paints a thousand words; drones can do so much more."
Using a camera mounted on a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or drone for high-level inspections has become a recognised method for surveyors in recent years. On Tuesday, 19 April, Paulo and Frank Coll brought an audience of surveyors up-to-date on the opportunities for using drones and followed this up with a practical demonstration.
Their talk covered:
- the truth about drones - the law in relation to commercial UAVs, the operating environment for licensed pilots (such as Paulo and Frank) compared with unlicensed operators of drones;
- the product - uses and limitations - explaining with reference to two sub-7kg drones, both suitable for indoor and outdoor operation;
- the possibilities - ways of obtaining survey data, and comparisons with using other methods such as a cherry-picker, ladders or scaffolding in terms of cost, flexibility and response.