DSR member Neil Mowbray and his company, Viewpoint Film, has saved a local authority in Scotland £4.5m with its drone work.
The company has been working alongside the council to provide aerial inspection to over 600 properties in the local area.
According to a report by Drone Safe Register (DSR), the work forms part of a larger scale program to upgrade all of the housing to bring them into line with Home Energy Efficiency Programmes and the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.
The company uses UAVs to replace more traditional methods such as scaffolding and mobile elevated platform, a process which aims to save both time and money.
Using drones, the company also believes people are put at less risk due to there being no need for workers to be carrying out survey and inspection at a dangerous heights.
The DSR report goes on to detail that despite a “fairly straightforward” process, as described by owner of Viewpoint Neil Mowbray, using drones in this way still brings challenges in terms of planning and preparation.
Tenants and residents needed to be informed of the drone flight occurring and briefed on the safety procedures and there was also need for several short road closures to allow the work to be completed safely and legally.
The DSR commented on the story saying it was proud to have Viewpoint Film as a member.
Peter Jones, who recently invested in the DSR on Dragons’ Den, said: “I can’t believe more councils and commercial operations aren’t leveraging the benefits of drone technology using our network of safe, qualified and legal drone pilots.”