Ecclesiastical Insurance has announced it will be flying a drone at the grounds of a palace in Oxford to trial an insurance risk survey.
The partnership aims to support the estate with its preservation and maintenance.
According to the Oxford Mail, Richard Bowden, Historic buildings and conservation surveyor for Blenheim, said: “The Palace has good roof access to most areas, but this footage will help with the areas that are infrequently accessed by high-level rope access teams.”
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Drone flights are strictly controlled by the Blenheim Palace and only a handful of flights are permitted annually.
A Blenheim Permit to Fly and Civil Aviation Authority notification and permission is needed before any flight can take place at the site.
Mark Matthews, risk management director at Ecclesiastical, said: “Heritage structures present unique access and maintenance challenges. The use of drone technology gives us access to high-quality imagery and very accurate data, which would be near impossible to obtain via traditional surveying methods.
“We can then apply our own knowledge and expertise to the results to assess the risks and provide specialist advice on how to manage these.”
Last month, Commercial Drone Professional reported that the insurance company was trialling drone technology as a way to enhance its risk management service for commercial customers.
Ecclesiastical Insurance is hoping drones can provide aerial imagery of otherwise inaccessible parts of buildings, and give it a fresh risk insight and accurate data to support building valuations undertaken by its surveyors.