Faster, Safer Cost-Efficient Inspections

Industrial and commercial districts can be difficult to safely inspect and survey. In some cases, it means temporarily closing a plant to bring equipment in and out. Surveying and inspection crews might need to traipse up many flights of stairs or to interfere with a regularly scheduled work shift. In more extreme cases, surveying particularly tall smokestacks, wind turbines, and pipelines necessitate heavy machinery like cranes and aircraft. What if there was a way to quickly, accurately, and inexpensively survey a property? That’s where Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) inspections come in. Using one or more camera-equipped drones, we can perform fast, accurate, and extremely efficient building and land inspections, creating three-dimensional “geomaps” using topographic and orthomosaic imaging.

Drone Aerial Inspections


Bigger isn’t always better, and drones are living proof of that old adage. Because of their size and maneuverability, drones can fly low to the ground, aiding surveyors and builders tremendously in pre-site inspection and site procurement. Not only can drones reliably snap clear images due to their low flight paths, but they can also squeeze into tight spots like pipelines or shipping containers, and, in a crisis, even scope out hazardous locations like chemical spills or open flames. Using UAVs – whether to monitor sites in real-time or compile digital maps from aerial photography – drastically reduces surveying times, saves man-hours, and reduces workplace risk.

Drone Surveillance

Whether you’re analyzing a solar plant, wind turbine farm or a radio tower, drones can safely hover over any kind of terrain, turning bytes of data into workable information. Drones and their maps provide a kind of early warning “safety net” that allows managers to classify faults quickly and efficiently and to prudently allocate resources required for maintenance. Thermal and orthomosaic imaging allow overseers to view their sites through a variety of perspectives while providing immeasurable health and safety benefits to employees and other building residents 

Common Challenges for Surveying Industry

 Safety in the workplace
  • Maintaining the safety of employees remains a top priority, and drones can easily go where people can’t easily go.
  • Whether they’re squeezing into tight shafts to scan for gas leaks, providing real-time video monitoring in the event of a fire or chemical spill, or simply snapping high-altitude photos from the top of a wind turbine, UAVs can safely enter and exit hazardous areas without human aid or human risk.
  • Real-time drone feedback allows human operators to map out safe evacuation routes or to coordinate the insertion of fire and rescue teams.
Cost-effectiveness and efficiency
  • “Boots on the ground” don’t cut it anymore: cutting-edge commercial and industrial services require integrated, networked software designed to monitor and survey sites.
  • Rather than devoting time and energy to keep track of multiple assets – potentially spread across a wide area –a handful of drones can create composite “orthomosaics” if that area using 360-degree vision, all without having to hire or rent additional, and potentially expensive, equipment and staff. 
  • Depending on your needs and the location of your industry, accurate inspections can be a tough job, requiring the procurement of expensive cranes, helicopters, or specifically-tailored sensors.
  • The rapid response time of drone operation means that inspections can be carried out immediately, requiring nothing more than a safe landing pad and a careful drone technician.
  • Drones can operate with a variety of hardware: ultra-high definition video, aerial photographs, and 3d digitization software. Furthermore, they can also be fitted with different sensors depending on your company’s needs; megapixel cameras and thermal imaging software are among the most popular. 
Reliability and regularly scheduled inspections
  • Financially sound and profitable companies don’t happen by themselves, and savvy professionals know that there aren’t substitutes for regular, dedicated maintenance. 

Use of Drones in Inspection Industry

Wind turbine inspections
  • Wind turbines present vertical challenges, generally cover a wide area of land, and require specialized equipment to ascend and descend. Drone surveyors are a logical choice, as they can snap high-resolution images from a variety of altitudes and angles. 
Powerline inspections
  • A fleet of interconnected drones can quickly scan electrical and telecommunications infrastructure from the air; from this lofty perch, they can trace power faults or blackouts across a municipality, allowing for a proactive, preventative approach to maintenance.
Bridge inspections
  • Using thermal imaging and thermal analysis, drones can examine bridges and use “thermal bridging” to determine critical factors such as metal fatigue, structural faults, or traffic stresses from all dimensions, pinpointing faults regardless of location. 
Bird control
  • Birds can be expensive: between damaged windows or pilfered crops, birds of all different kinds cost industries millions of dollars every year. Drones deter most birds with their size, sound, and profile, allowing for humane pest control.
Roof inspection
  • Capable of ascending to great heights, drones can easily scan roofs for both structural faults (shingles, air ducts, or weather damage) or security reasons (detecting intruders on the premises or potential break-in angles). 
Dam inspection
  • Maneuverable in tight quarters and open areas alike, drones can scan open reservoirs from the air or maneuver through tight pipes to detect specific faults. 
Solar Panel inspection
  • Solar farms prioritize space over everything else, and large solar farms can sprawl for a great distance.
  • It’s not feasible to try and manually inspect every solar panel directly for flaws, so hiring a flight of drones to regularly perform maintenance flyovers goes a long way towards producing an efficient solar farm. 
Sewer inspections
  • Sewers are cramped, claustrophobic, and usually brimming with a wide variety of toxic chemicals and noxious runoff. Drones are ideal for maneuvering safely in such environments, reducing the safety hazards involved for human workers by ranging ahead of any prospective maintenance crews. 
Power inspection
  • Drones are invaluable tools in the power sector. Whether they’re scoping out a substation or scanning a nuclear reactor, there are very few jobs that drone operators can’t do safely and comfortably. 
Drone security and surveillance
  • Keeping your industry safe and profitable are our top priorities. Drones have been widely employed for a variety of security purposes: the addition of motion sensors and thermal cameras prevents and thwarts intruders from trespassing into banks, labs, and other heavily-guarded facilities. 

   I hire Drone Services Canada for all of my Commercial inspections where I need to inspect the rooftop of commercial buildings and equipment located in hard to reach areas. I also used DSC to collect high-quality data after a few of my clients suffered damages due to a huge ice storm. We could not get close to the locations as the structures were really damaged and in a dangerous state. Using DSC’s drones, we were able to capture the damages from up close without endangering anyone. Their services have become an integral part of my business. The professionalism and care they show for every job are what keeps me coming back. I highly recommend this team to any business in my field looking for quality work they can depend on.

Mark, Insurance Claim Inspector (Guelph, ON)

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