- Roof inspections and assessment
- Bridge inspection
- Property maintenance
- Storm damage inspections
- Construction updates
- Real estate inspections
- Comprehensive scans of large buildings
- Tile and drainage inspections
- Cell and Radio towers
- Power Lines
- Wind Turbines
- Barn roof and silo inspections
- Hail and cattle damage inspection for crop insurance claims
- Video check-ins for landlords
Consider the Possibilities
Roof inspections have historically required observation either at the ground level, from a ladder, or from physically walking the roof. These observations not only involve steep angles, but also expansive and even inaccessible areas. The amount of time required for these antiquated methods is costly, not to mention the liability risks. Because of these time requirements and physical restrictions, observing every inch of roofs is extremely unlikely, and the quality of these inspections is highly limited.
However, when utilizing a drone to capture high quality photos and videos, not only of the roof, but of the entire structure and property, these inspections can be performed within just a few hours. This allows us to observe the results of the inspection from the ground and prepare a detailed analysis of the data in less time and with virtually no risk of injury.
The images we capture can be compiled into detailed aerial maps of the inspection subject. This method is common with large buildings and properties with multiple buildings. The result is an incredibly detailed model of the property and its structures which clearly reveals the condition of each roof and can be used to create accurate plans for repair and replacement
Buildings And Structures
We use various models of DJI Drones paired with multiple camera formats and sensors to capture images and video. These files are compiled and analyzed utilizing industry software allowing us to create detailed maps and models of the building, job site, or structure. These maps and models are available for viewing in the office or in the field and allow the ‘client’ to analyze and make measurement of the site, building, or structure.
Traditionally the inspection of tall buildings and structures required the use of scaffolding and incredible amounts of time to complete quality and in-depth inspections. With the use of the drone inspection of buildings and structures of great height can be accomplished in significantly less time and without any need for scaffolding.
Utilizing the drone allows us to provide images for detailed facade analysis of buildings and structures. The drone is flown in a predefined pattern capturing images of every inch of the structure. These images can then be analyzed by an engineer, site manager, or building inspector safely in an office allowing for a more detailed analysis then can’t be completed in the field. Further the images provide a record to the owner of the structure or building of its current state at the time of the inspection providing invaluable record for insurance purposes and further analysis in the future.
Many times it’s easier, faster, and more affordable to send up a drone. Residential and commercial property inspections with drones save time and money and give the big perspective, while providing incredible detail. Property inspections show the property structure and the surrounding area for a comprehensive look at the site.
Documentation And Monitoring
Inspections using mapping services are perfect for documentation and monitoring of drainage, erosion, and other projects that cover a larger area and have the potential to change over time. Graphically viewing elevation data makes it easy to see drainage patterns or problems that are occurring when something is not working correctly. It can help identify possible problems, and a comparison of the models over time can show patterns or degradation that happens slowly.
Midwest Aero Technologies can produce an orthomosaic map and a 3D model. These are great tools for exploring the intimate details of the data, which is important when comparing the same site over a period of time.
Cell / Radio Towers, Power Lines, Solar Panels & Wind Turbines
Midwest Aero Technologies data collecting is a must have for this industry. Crews now must climb these towers hundreds of feet to do their inspections on broken or missing parts before they can even schedule work to be done. With Midwest Aero Technologies state of the art equipment and cameras, we can monitor the towers ahead of time and in most cases get the serial and parts number you need to order to make the repairs. This means you can have the correct parts on hand to schedule the work. We also check for encroachments on fences and those pesky bird nests that need attention. We can do multiple towers a day safer, better and more cost effective for your company.
Drone video and image quality have advanced to a point where drones can warrant reliable and detailed inspection. Such drones as the DJI Phantom Pro and Mavic Pro use both downward and forward facing sonar, optical sensors, and GPS for safe and close maintenance of proximity to fixed structures. These drones will not come into contact with fixed structures even under high wind conditions. Our drones capture 4K resolution quality videos and 10mp still photographs while positioning itself within a distance of 5 feet from a fixed structure. Our services at Midwest Aero Technologies will prove suitable for your fixed structure, roof, building, antenna array, cell tower, and radio tower inspection needs which require close examination. We have the skill to inspect your roof even when the fixed structure is located in hazardous areas. We will eliminate the need to incur any costs and risks associated with sending any inspector into dangerous areas.
Aerial Home Inspections and Thermal Imaging
Another amazing advantage of drone technology is the use of thermographic imaging, which is used to detect water infiltration in both roofs and facades. Piloting a drone equipped with a thermal camera allows us to detect otherwise unobservable areas of water damage, which is a culprit of leaks, mold and rot. Previously, the primary method for detecting water damage required costly and inefficient “guess and check” methods, sometimes requiring the removal of the building’s exterior in order to get an accurate assessment. Utilizing aerial thermal technology, we can determine exactly which areas of a roof contain water with a quick fly over.
What Bad Aerial Inspection Means for You
- It will ensure you have inaccurate data, which will lead to a misleading analysis of the situation on the ground and major losses for your company in the long term.
- It will lead to repeat inspections needed to acquire accurate results, which can prove costly with time.
- It will put your employees at risk, especially if your facility requires an accurate inspection to guide safety measures meant to protect them.
- It will make you unable to convert potential clients into actual customers, due to poor photos and videos meant for marketing purposes.