Aerial Photography – Aerial Inspection Case Study 

Aerial Photography – Aerial Inspection Case Study 

Drone Aerial Photography is revolutionising how structures are inspected from the air, making the whole process faster, safer and more affordable. Need to check the condition of a roof, chimney or overhead electricity pylon? Use a drone. Equally, for those situations where it isn't possible to use our drone (such as in densely built-up areas), our fully-portable telescopic mast technology can access structures up to 50 feet above the ground. 
Drone aerial inspection photo of Wispers Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey
Drone aerial inspection photograph of Wispers Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey 
Drone aerial inspection photo of a chimney stack on an industrial estate in Bedfordshire
Drone aerial inspection photograph of a chimney stack on an industrial estate in Bedfordshire 
Drones have the incredible ability to fly precisely where you want them to in the sky. This makes them ideal platforms for undertaking aerial inspection work in awkward locations which would otherwise require the use of expensive scaffolding or mobile cherry pickers. 

Wispers Care Home – Haslemere, Surrey 

A few years ago, GallifordTry commissioned Horizon Imaging to use our drone to capture a set of close-up aerial photographs of the roof of a building in Haslemere, Surrey. The building dates from the early 1900s and had been used as a private residence and a school before plans were announced to convert it into a care home. 
 
Due to the age of the building, GallifordTry were keen to inspect the entire roof structure to determine whether any repair work was needed. Traditionally this would have taken many days of hard work, but with our drone it was completed within an hour of arriving on site. 
 
Once the areas of interest had been pointed out, we flew our drone around the perimeter of the roof a few metres above the roofing tiles – a position impossible to reach without spending days erecting scaffolding. High-resolution aerial photographs were captured every few metres to ensure every surface of the roof's structure had been photographed. In total, 13 images were captured of the roof, allowing GallifordTry to make a preliminary analysis of the roof's condition – from the comfort of their office! 
 
Aerial inspection using drones is revolutionising the construction industry, allowing contractors to economically inspect structures in just a few hours – a process which used to take days and cost an order of magnitude more. As well as visible-light photography, lightweight thermal imaging cameras are also available, which coupled with the flexibility of our drone platforms would allow sources of heat-loss to be easily pin-pointed from the air. 
 
The testimonials below are all from private clients who have used our telescopic mast inspection services: 
"As managers of a block of flats in Sunbury-On-Thames, we engaged Horizon Imaging Ltd to get a number of photos to allow us to inspect the roof and gutters. We were assured by David Hogg (from Horizon) that the number of photos and the quality will allows us to achieve our objectives. On the day, David was on time, allows us to check a few pictures before proceeding to finish the job. True to his word, the pictures allowed us to inspect the roof and gutters fully, from different angles. We found him very pleasant, friendly and professional. We have no hesitation in recommending him, and will certainly engage his services next year to inspect the status of our roof!" 
Mast aerial inspection photo of a block of flats in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey
"I have been having serious water leak issues with my roof recently (I live in a large six-bedroom, three storey Victorian house), and as I was reluctant to pay many hundreds (at least) to have the whole house scaffolded just to establish the cause of the leaks, I searched on the internet for commercial drone operators. I came across David at Horizon Imaging who promptly answered my enquiry, and said that whilst he wouldn’t be able to use his drone to inspect my property as it was too close to built-up areas and roads, he could use his 50-foot telescopic mast. David came to my property the following morning, and took a series of elevated shots of my roof which instantly highlighted several areas of concern (no lead flashing around the chimney, blocked gutters, etc). I was thrilled with the speed of David’s services as he sent the processed images across to me later that afternoon – less than 24 hours after I first contacted him! David’s professionalism and competence with technology was great to see and I would have no hesitation in recommending his services to others." 
Mast aerial inspection photo of a private house in Redhill, Surrey
"The residents of Cumberland Place Flats in Sunbury-on-Thames are very pleased with the results of David's efforts after his visit here to photograph each of the roofs. He has a very positive way of going about his work and we would look to use his services again." 
Mast aerial inspection photograph of the roof of a block of flats in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey
"As managers of a block of flats in Sunbury-On-Thames, we engaged Horizon Imaging Ltd to get a number of photos to allow us to inspect the roof and gutters. We were assured by David Hogg (from Horizon) that the number of photos and the quality will allows us to achieve our objectives. On the day, David was on time, allows us to check a few pictures before proceeding to finish the job. True to his word, the pictures allowed us to inspect the roof and gutters fully, from different angles. We found him very pleasant, friendly and professional. We have no hesitation in recommending him, and will certainly engage his services next year to inspect the status of our roof!" 
"I have been having serious water leak issues with my roof recently (I live in a large six-bedroom, three storey Victorian house), and as I was reluctant to pay many hundreds (at least) to have the whole house scaffolded just to establish the cause of the leaks, I searched on the internet for commercial drone operators. I came across David at Horizon Imaging who promptly answered my enquiry, and said that whilst he wouldn’t be able to use his drone to inspect my property as it was too close to built-up areas and roads, he could use his 50-foot telescopic mast. David came to my property the following morning, and took a series of elevated shots of my roof which instantly highlighted several areas of concern (no lead flashing around the chimney, blocked gutters, etc). I was thrilled with the speed of David’s services as he sent the processed images across to me later that afternoon – less than 24 hours after I first contacted him! David’s professionalism and competence with technology was great to see and I would have no hesitation in recommending his services to others." 
"The residents of Cumberland Place Flats in Sunbury-on-Thames are very pleased with the results of David's efforts after his visit here to photograph each of the roofs. He has a very positive way of going about his work and we would look to use his services again." 

Gallery 

The gallery below displays the full set of aerial inspection photographs taken at Wispers Care Home in Haslemere for Galliford Try, as well as some other aerial inspection photographs we have taken over the past couple of years. 
 
If you have any questions about the use of Drones or our fully-portable Telescopic Mast for aerial inspection purposes please do get in touch and we would be delighted to help. 
 
Drone aerial inspection photo of Wispers Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey
Drone aerial inspection photo of Wispers Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey
Drone aerial inspection photo of Wispers Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey
Drone aerial inspection photo of Wispers Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey
Drone aerial inspection photo of Wispers Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey
Drone aerial inspection photo of Wispers Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey
Drone aerial inspection photo of Wispers Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey
Drone aerial inspection photo of Wispers Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey
Drone aerial inspection photo of Wispers Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey
Drone aerial inspection photo of Wispers Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey
Drone aerial inspection photo of Wispers Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey
Drone aerial inspection photo of Wispers Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey
Drone aerial inspection photo of Wispers Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey
Drone aerial inspection photo of an industrial unit in Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Mast aerial inspection photo of an industrial unit in Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Mast aerial inspection photo of an industrial unit in Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Mast aerial inspection photo of the roof of a private home in Redhill, Surrey
Mast aerial inspection photo of the roof of a private home in Redhill, Surrey
Mast aerial inspection photo of the roof of a block of flats in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey
Mast aerial inspection photo of the roof of a block of flats in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey
Mast inspection photograph taken INSIDE an old boiler chimney in Brixton, London
Mast aerial inspection photo of the roof of a block of flats in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey
Mast aerial inspection photo of the roof of a private home in Hammersmith, London