Aberdeen places drones at the forefront of development plans

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Aberdeen City Council has unveiled its intentions to bolster the use of UAVs within the city for building inspections.

While the authority is already working towards utilising unmanned systems for inspections of historical architecture, it has now been announced that the council plans to explore further examination options.

According to the Evening Express, a council report stated: “Drones can be fitted with specific equipment that enables them to have a multi-use aspect.

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“Gas sensors can also be mounted to a drone for air analysis, and gas detection services.

“Some councils are already using drones to examine external cladding, detect heat loss and monitor lift shafts, or using infrared and X-ray images from drones to detect structural issues or dangerous leaks.”

The new publication reported that a meeting of the strategic transformation committee, members unanimously agreed on a new Being Digital project to look at ways to modernise the council’s services.

The council co-leader, Jenny Laing, said: “We’ve got to embrace digital technology in order to make sure we’re improving our services for the residents of Aberdeen.”

But SNP group leader Stephen Flynn called for a reality check and added that some of the suggestions were “akin to something out of a science fiction TV show.”

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