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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 can be a risky way to inspect and photograph assets

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
Here's an example of a close-up, high level tower inspection done by a drone

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.

Onwards and upwards!

Greg is Founder and Managing Director of Drone Ranger Australia Pty Ltd, a drone consulting firm assisting Clients to integrate the innovative technology into existing business operations.

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