Whether you are selling commercial or residential properties, aerial photography provides a unique prospective and is very difficult to emulate from the ground. These days, using a drone to capture a home or building from its most flattering angles provides an ideal view of the entire space. Buyers interested in larger homes and expansive properties are given a glimpse of everything at once, like property features, surrounding amenities and the neighborhood.
According to MLS statistics, homes with aerial images sold 68 percent faster than homes with standard images. Video tours that incorporate drone footage are also a great way to make your property stand out and to attract new listings. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), 73 percent of homeowners say that they are more likely to list with a real estate agent who uses video to market their home; however, only 9 percent of agents create listing videos. An Australian real estate group reported seeing a 403 percent increase in traffic for listings that included video as compared to listings without.
From insurance to infrastructure, drones are revolutionizing how assets are inspected, operated and maintained. Companies are utilizing this technology for roofing, bridges, pipelines and everything in between.
Using drone inspection solutions provides the following benefits:
Inspection of areas difficult to reach
Preventative maintenance planning
Access to areas that pose health and safety risks to humans
Fast response times
Quick on-site deployment of inspection systems
Along with using standard high-resolution cameras, infrared thermography can be incorporated in drone inspection for sub-surface examinations. The drone can monitor the structural health of certain areas by detecting surfaces that are warmer than its surroundings. Defect areas tend to stop the flow of heat and will appear hotter.
Drone inspections continue to be highly beneficial and cost effective.
Human beings have been constructing buildings, cities and everything a city can possibly consist of since 2600BC, so it’s safe to say that construction has been around for a while and will still be around for as long as civilization continues to grow.
As with anything, methods people use for certain things develop over time, and currently, many methods and aspects of construction – planning, land surveying and data capturing to name a few – are becoming increasingly outdated and are being taken over by UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) or drones.
The construction industry is in love with drones. This is all thanks to the time, money and hard labour being saved by commercial drones being used instead of the “normal” way of doing things. For builders, an aerial view made possible with a drone allows them to better develop work plans, track progress and monitor and check for problems along the way. Drones are, after all, cheaper than flying manned aircraft.
Drones with video and infrared cameras are excellent tools to improve situational awareness of critical incidents, conduct search and rescue operations, process crime scenes, assess damage, manage disasters such as wildfires or severe flooding, manage special events and monitor traffic—the list goes on.
While flying over ravaged landscapes or around mountains and rivers, drones can collect GPS coordinates, real-time video and still images of the damage, helping first responders set priorities back at mission control. This data can be overlaid on area topography and maps using operational intelligence (OI) technology to show specifically where and how the landscape has shifted, as is often the case with powerful earthquakes, floods and other natural and manmade disasters that can decimate identifying landmarks.
Employing these drones is often cost-effective and time-efficient. Sending out a UAS to survey an area requires minimal personnel, and it can be done in a matter of minutes following a disaster.