Partnerships in action – Integrating aerial intelligence for facility roof inspections.

The facilities of today are extremely complicated. The old way of doing things isn’t cutting it anymore, thanks to new building systems, assets, and processes. While keeping up with shifting needs and demands can be difficult for facilities teams, facility management technology can help if it’s implemented correctly. 

The majority of people associate drones with a consumer-level device that lets photographers, real estate agents, and cinematographers create stunning photographs and film. While drones have eliminated the need to fly in an expensive helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft to capture stunning photos, those applications merely scratch the surface of what they can do. 

Drones are bringing the benefits of aerial picture capture to a variety of businesses and applications, particularly infrastructure management and maintenance, thanks to rapid advancements in technology and laws. 

They can provide engineers, infrastructure construction, and building operations/facilities management organisations with access to highly detailed imagery and data about their projects or assets quickly. Previously inspections of infrastructure – whether for progress updates during construction, maintenance checks, or damage evaluation after a weather event – required significant manpower, time, and finances.

These are the kinds of situations when drones’ adaptability comes in handy. Jobs such as roof inspections have traditionally been time-consuming, dangerous, and subjective. Given the dangers of slipping and falling, no one likes doing them, yet they are an essential aspect of facility maintenance. Deficiencies in roofs might result in expensive repairs due to water infiltration and other issues.  

Pre-programmed flights for drones are now able to be calibrated to acquire roof data for approved facilities safely and effectively in a fraction of the time while requiring no to minimal contact with facility owners or operators. 

New technology for a roof inspection

When it comes to reducing investment risk, thermal building assessment is crucial. Partnering AI with drones, customers are now able to get a bird’s eye perspective of their roof like never before, thanks to AI models that can auto-detect and identify component-level equipment and flag flaws. Thermal scanning can detect potential leaks and gaps based on temperature anomalies that are invisible to the naked eye. Facility analysts review the results after the flight is completed.  

Customers can also receive thorough reports and high-resolution imagery containing information about their roof and assets’ inventory, issues, and status. These are provided in reports that are automatically created but can be customized to fit a company’s needs. Customers can take measurements and complete inspections virtually by stitching imagery together into 2D views and a 3D photogrammetric model. This technology has been implied in Kespry range of drones.  

The advantages of using drones in asset management systems for infrastructure are becoming obvious by the day. Drone technology is a relatively new and inventive field with a lot of promise. It’s also extremely adaptive, so those who jump in early will reap the most benefits.

Benefits of adopting a drone now into your facility service

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) could reduce operating costs, increase savings, and improve performance for asset owners and industrial service providers. This gives facility management companies a competitive advantage.

While it may seem intuitive to link the benefits listed above to lower operating expenses, because UAV technology is so new and the industry is still in its infancy, it’s difficult to put a precise figure on savings. Inspections of chimney flues, which previously took several days of stoppage can now be done in hours, saving up to 90% of the time and posing no risk to the workers.

Companies can cooperate with UAV industry pioneers to change the young industry by adopting this new technology and partnering with skilled drone service providers. They will be able to assist in the development of new rules and obtain a competitive advantage by fully utilizing the technology’s capabilities.

A simple choice

So, what does this mean for a business hoping to capitalize on this potentially lucrative new technology? How might drones be used to help asset managers better manage their assets? A proof of concept pilot project would be a simple and low-risk approach to adopt. When you combine that with a network-based approach that takes advantage of current industry information, you’ve got yourself a solution. 

Drone-based asset inspection is poised to become the facility management industry’s new norm. The technology is just too well-suited to its purpose to be dismissed as a passing commercial fad. By joining in the beginning, you can maximize your discounts and get a leg up on the competition.

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