The rising popularity of drones in the roofing industry is no accident. Professional contractors everywhere are seeing the advantages of merging technology with their toolbox; allowing increased safety, higher accuracy, less headaches, and the type of modern presentation clients now expect. Simply put, combining high-resolution drone imagery with a powerful roof measurement application means more sales. The days of spending 30+ minutes on a roof to calculate measurements – only to lose the bid – are becoming a thing of the past.
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Why Use Drones for Roof Measurements?
One of the main benefits of drones is their size and maneuverability. This feature allows them to fly a few feet away from various building types and capture high-resolution imagery for residential, commercial, flat and metal roofs.
How Does it Work?
Once a drone inspection has been completed by a pilot in our on-demand network or by an in-house carrier pilot using our drone inspection software platform, all of the photos from the inspection are encrypted and uploaded into our cloud storage system. Photogrammetry software, powered by a lot of computing power, processes this imagery into a 3D point cloud, 3D model, and 2D map (think Google Maps but much higher resolution). The 3D point cloud data is then interpreted to produce measurements, such as:
- Surface Area
Drones eliminate the need for using a ladder, reducing the likelihood of accidents. Using a drone is also a more cost-effective method to obtain information, which can help you create efficient roofing solutions. It is also three times faster than a traditional roofing inspection.
Minimizes Workplace Hazards
Did you know that falling is the leading cause of death on construction sites? Using drones minimizes the risks for potential injuries and mishaps that can happen to dedicated teams of construction workers. In case specialists miss important information, they won’t need to return back to the site just to collect data.
Drones have become a valuable resource to not only increase efficiency, but to also keep employees from needing to complete dangerous tasks and out of harm’s way.
That’s never been more critical than during the current COVID-19 pandemic, where drones have become a vital resource that allow companies to continue operating while facing disruptions to their labor force as well as observing the need for social distancing amongst their employees.