Why using drone-based cameras are ideal for façade inspections

So, you’ve got a commercial structure that is having some issues with its façade –some cracks, notable roof sagging, some crumbling with perhaps pieces falling to the ground, or rust lines showing up. The conventional approach on how to inspect the exterior of a building with 3+ floors is no longer the best method … enter drones equipped with high-resolution cameras!


Here’s a prime example of how a drone-mounted camera captured a problem that no one knew about.  Who would have thought that 2 different tree species could sprout and thrive in a church steeple? But they did, and no one knew or suspected. Imagine the havoc the roots create, damaging the integrity of the spire.*


For years, the go-to solutions to inspect a structure were the following:

·        Climbing to neighboring rooftops

·        Engaging man-lifts or cherry-pickers

·        Repelling inspectors from the rooftop

·        Constructing scaffolding

·        Using binoculars to spot problems



All of these solutions are certainly viable, depending on the structure’s layout. Yet, photos taken from a drone is doing away with all of that. Here’s why:


1.      More data

High-resolution (hi-res) cameras mounted on a drone can supply crisp, clear shots that enable the architects, engineers, and others to clearly identify trouble spots. Drones provide a unique vantage point, allowing the end-user to see aspects of a structure it would otherwise not see, and to do so with close-ups … literally zoom to the problems


2.      Safety

Using drones avoids putting teams into harm’s way – no need to have teams standing on rooftops, repelling down the sides, or stationed in a manlift. The drone operator and support staff are fully “grounded.”


3.      Quick turnaround

Securing equipment and/or getting permission to climb the rooftop of a neighboring building takes time and resources. Engaging a drone is a quick way to get the job done with most projects taking a half day to complete; the images are then organized and delivered for the team to scrutinize.


4.      Cost-effective

Based on the alternatives to inspect a façade, the cost savings that drones provide are easy to measure. How much is spent renting or owning equipment to get the traditional inspection done? And, why put scaffolding in place earlier than you need to, since this option is costly and cumbersome?


5.      Less obtrusive

For most projects, a camera-based drone can capture hundreds of images in 4 hours or less … with no heavy equipment on the sidewalks for days, no scaffolding mounted weeks before necessary.


Shouldn’t you progress to this alternative? Learn more about hi-res photography with Drone Engineering Services and see some of the images we’ve provided our clients - https://droneengineeringservices.com/gallery-1/.

*Drone Engineering Services conducted this project with Keast & Hood.