Building and roof inspections can be a difficult task: finding the balance between delivering the highest quality survey results and reducing the risks of working at height to surveyors and the general public can prove to be problematic.
At Vertex Air, our building and roof inspections are delivered using our state-of-the-art UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – otherwise known as drones), which offer o
According to Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Hierarchy of Control Measures, the use of UAVs avoid work at height and its attendant risk; it is the safest method of delivering high-level roof and building surveys.
Vertex Air’s UAVs offer significant cost savings when compared with traditional methods of access when undertaking condition surveys on all types of commercial, industrial, residential and historic buildings.
Vertex operates the most sophisticated market-leading UAVs, offering unprecedented safety and fail-safe systems and flight stabilisation technology. Vertex is a CAA-approved company, with special permission to fly at night and within built-up areas. Our pilots are all BNUC-S qualified, subject to yearly assessment, and collectively hold thousands of hours of flight experience surveying hundreds of buildings and structures throughout the UK.
Unlike the vast majority of other UAV operators, Vertex’s inspections and surveys are undertaken by qualified Building Surveyors, who specialises in the assessment and remediation of defective building envelopes, historic buildings, industrial structures and infrastructure, such as bridges and viaducts. This ensures Vertex Air’s building and roof inspections deliver the highest quality results, safely and cost-effectively, that can be relied on to inform our client’s decision making.
Our UAV carries top-of-the-range DSLR cameras, which capture every building element and defect in 24Megapixels, which enables loss-less magnification. All the raw data collected on-site is then processed to embed GPS location data for accurate defect mapping. Our UAV carries also carries the latest FLIR thermographic cameras to undertake thermal imaging, which can pinpoint with a high degree of accuracy moisture entrapment, delamination, water ingress points and insulation failures and concealed defects.
Vertex tailor each survey or inspection to our clients’ needs. In many cases, we carry out condition surveys to identify defects before they deteriorate to the point where major works are required, thereby informing maintenance schedules and reducing capital expenditure costs.
Alternatively, we provide full building surveys, detailing defects, pathology diagnoses and remedial options, supported by the high-definition photography, 3D modelling and rectified photography where required. Vertex’s building surveyors can generate highly detailed schedules of defects, referenced to annotated plan or elevation drawings or photographs, that our clients can rely on to inform their decision making. Schedules can be produced with greater certainty; works can be tendered and managed on the basis of highly accurate information; and project risks can be reduced, with significant cost and time savings.
Set up on site is simple, needing only our 2-man team and our UAV, and completely eliminating the costs associated with alternative access. UAVs dramatically reduce the time required to complete the survey – an experienced, qualified pilot can capture thousands of images in just a few hours. This not only allows for sites to remain open with minimal disturbance to working operations or public use, it significantly reduces the costs of performing the survey.
By using the right people and only the best equipment, Vertex Air offers a complete survey and inspection service.
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