UK-based retail giant Next has become one of the latest national organisations to recognise the benefits of drone technology by adopting UAVs for facility inspections.
Middlesborough-based drone specialists DJM Aerial Solutions reported that repeat client and chartered survey professionals CS2 contracted the company to carry out a commercial roof survey for Next’s UK distribution centre in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
The two buildings had a total combined surface area of approximately 365,000sqft, rendering it an ‘arduous task’ to allow for accurate inspection of each corrugated steel panel.
DJM Aerial Solutions was able to plan out an automated route to allow for enough data capture of the area to produce an orthomosaic of approximately 1cm ground sampling distance and zoom into the areas of concern around the roof space to enable detailed roof asset survey remotely.
The Middlesborough-based company commented that this form of inspection was able to reduce risk and cut costs for the surveyor and for Next.
A spokesperson for the company commented: “The cost of hiring a drone and pilot plus observer to carry out this task is significantly less than the above and logistically 85% more effective in both time saved and cost-effectiveness. We at DJM Aerial Solutions are able to complete a project such as this in one day and have either the data to you the following day or an extremely rapid turnaround on the report schedule.”