A New Angle on Property and Land Surveys
Drones have useful applications across a range of industries, and can add genuine value to a property inspection or survey.
Drones have received plenty of media attention of late, and not all of it positive. But when they are not being used in the recreational sense for annoying neighbours or invading commercial airspace, they can bring a wide range of benefits in situations when companies or authorities need an effective way to view large areas of land and property.
A case in point was their recent use to assess damage following the recent hurricanes in North America. But industry experts at Sova Surveys point out that they can also bring added value to buyers, sellers and other stakeholders when used as part of the survey package in more mundane commercial circumstances.
Good news for buyers
Purchasing commercial premises or a parcel of land is not like going out to buy a new house or apartment, particularly when it involves a large area of poorly maintained or undeveloped land.
A ground-based survey is time consuming and cannot always access every location on the plot, for example where there are water courses or culverts involved. A drone, on the other hand, can take accurate measurements in a fraction of the time, and will also be able to identify anomalies or features that would not be obvious from ground level.
Good news for sellers
A picture paints a thousand words, and when you are trying to sell a property, you will spend time, effort and money on getting the perfect set of images to showcase what you are selling as well as you can. An aerial view simply cannot be beaten to give the best possible overview of the property or land in the context of its immediate surroundings.
In the past, sellers have paid a fortune to get someone up in a plane or helicopter to take the pictures. Today, the drone can capture whatever images or video footage you need from every angle, send them direct to you on the ground and keep re-taking them until you are 100 percent satisfied with the results.
Good news for everyone
It is not just buyers and sellers that can benefit from drone technology in building and land surveys. Maintenance contractors currently spend vast amounts of time and money sending individuals into what are often hazardous environments to perform vital safety inspections on, for example, high rise buildings.
Instead, a drone can inspect every square millimetre of the walls, roof, windows and cladding, sending the results to engineers on the ground in real time. Getting into a routine of running such inspections at regular intervals will help identify defects before they get a chance to spread or become serious, ultimately reducing repair costs.
The drones can also use thermal imaging technology to assess heat loss at critical points such as windows and soffits, providing owners with the opportunity rectify any shortcomings in their insulation, thereby reducing their carbon footprint and saving energy costs.