Droning over and under…more drone inspection in Scotland

November 13, 2016 5:22 pm Published by

Despite our ever increasing cinematography and photography workload we are still seeing a month on month increase in inspection and survey work.  The last couple of months have been quite hectic!

The first notable inspection task for ROAVR was an under bridge inspection in the northwest Scottish Highlands for the Highland Council.  Also along to help was the youngest member of the team Ross Binnie who completed his UAQ (Unmanned Aviation Qualification) with UAV-Air back in the early Summer.

With the increasing cutbacks to local government the Highland Council have found themselves without their key asset inspection team that would have traditionally been utilised for this task.  Additionally the cost of a full road closure with associated traffic management and under deck inspection vehicle would have been cost prohibitive.

ROAVR deployed a two man team to site and using temporary traffic management were able to inspect the asset live using a combination of still photography and 4k video recorded on a Sony sensor on a brushless gimbal.  ROAVR were accompanied by the Highland Council to guide the inspection.


The second notable project was for SPT in Glasgow and involved the inspection of Broomloan  railway stabling sheds.  This large fragile roof structure would have proven exceedingly difficult to inspect traditionally but using our specialised octocopter we were able to attend site and collect the required data in a single day.

Our datasets are presented through an online portal for easy data transfer.  This is an approach we have pioneered recently due to massive incompatibility between clients computer systems and the high quality data sets we provide.  Adopting cloud system really is the only way to make drone datasets useable.

We have had great feedback from both clients with the project Civil Engineer at SPT stating – “…stills and video have been a great help so far to us, we’ve been able to highlight condition and extent of the work needed where it wasn’t previously possible….”.



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