Ever needed aerial vision to give you confidence in that important project decision or to fast-track decision making?
Or maybe the aerial vision could assist that emergency situation with high risk to people or property?
In many situations, the collection of accurate, real-time vision by ‘traditional’ aerial methods such as satellite imagery, planes or helicopters cannot be obtained quick enough or as detailed as you like. Limiting factors include: –
Satellite imagery is not generally real-time or lacks sufficient resolution; and
Helicopter or plane flights cannot always be organised quickly enough; and
Aircraft can’t get close enough to see the issue at the required angle or detail; and
The cost to hire aircraft or satellites for bespoke missions can be prohibitive.
Other traditional methods such as scaffolding, ropes and man hoists also have limiting factors such as: –
Supply and installation time can be lengthy; and
The method can be cost prohibitive for the issue at hand; and
Due to the location, the method may be too dangerous for workers to undertake e.g. elevated or in a hazardous environment.
This is where drones could be your solution!
The benefits of drones in these situations can be: –
Quick to launch; and
The ability to capture quality imagery from high resolution cameras; and
Able to get closer to assets to provide more detailed and bespoke imagery; and
Provision of more flexible time options for capturing images ‘when needed’; and
Substantially more cost beneficial; and
They don’t put people at risk by flying manned aircraft or accessing dangerous locations
In saying this, please don’t think drones are the magic bullet for all occasions. Sometimes they can’t be used. This could be due to: –
Weather: – inclement conditions can restrict drone missions and/or the quality of image capture;
Authority Restrictions: – a formal flight authorisation process may be required due to airspace restrictions associated with the site location, or it may be located where drones are prohibited e.g. close to military bases;
Beyond Visual Line of Sight mission: – here the required imagery might cover an area so large that the drone would have to fly out of sight … which is not allowed unless special approval is given by CASA.
But normally drones are much more beneficial than not.
So if your business has a “need for speed” to get high quality aerial vision ASAP, then consider using drones … they might be the “x-factor” that bolsters your business success!
In our next edition of the “Risks and Rewards” series, we will discuss the issue of data management … a “must-know” topic when acquiring digital drone data.