Pilot's Blog

7 Ways UAV Aerial Imagery can promote your property

The property market is a competitive one and to make the best sales you need to hold the buyers attention. Catching a prospective client’s eye is only half the battle as their interest has to be more than momentary if they are to be moved to purchase...

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Why have UAVs brought photogrammetry back in fashion?

Laser and LiDAR are well recognised as survey techniques for capturing data for mapping and modelling but before their advent, photogrammetry was much more widely used...

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Number of UAV Operators doubles in last 12 months

In 2010 there were only 5 approved UAV operators but by the end of 2013 this had grown to over 100. Since then the growth has been exponential, with the number of operators likely to reach 2,000 or over by the end of 2016 having doubled in the last year alone...

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20 Things you can get from a Single UAV Survey

The possibilities are endless as they say, in terms of how UAVs can be used so we have created a list of just some of the things we regularly produce for clients...

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From UAV to BIM – How UAV data fits into the Scan to BIM work flow

We are moving towards a world where 3D is the expected format, whether it is in games, the cinema or indeed the world of construction and surveying.  For the next generation to enter the construction workforce this will be the new normal...

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Finding Clients to Share the Innovation Journey

Creativity is thinking up New Things, Innovation is doing New Things Remote Aerial Surveys has recently been shortlisted for 2 Innovation Awards which made us consider what innovation actually means and how we can continue to encourage our clients to share in our innovative thinking...

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How accurate are UAV Surveying Methods?

Clients who haven't used a UAV before are often concerned about the level of accuracy that can be achieved so this post will hopefully reassure and also explain how UAVs can actually deliver better results than other methods...

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UAV Data For Defect Measurement

Inspecting hard to reach assets has always been problematic for a number of reasons including: Cost and time taken to erect scaffolding, hiring cherry pickers etc...

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Benefits of Using a UAV for Roof Inspections

See differently- think differently UAVs present opportunities for rethinking how some tasks are completed and building and infrastructure inspections are the perfect example...

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Engineering Opportunities for UAVs

The potential for using UAVs within the civil engineering industry is significant yet their use is currently relatively limited. The main reason behind this is a lack of awareness of their potential and the range of benefits that they can bring, even though, right through from planning to final construction, nearly every stage of the engineering process can benefit from the use of a UAV...

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Capturing reality - UAVs that see in 3D and more

UAVs bring a whole new level to what is possible when capturing data and imagery, with elevation modelling being just one really powerful application of UAV surveys...

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Inspections: Man vs Drone who wins?

We automatically assume that new technology must be better, right? When it comes to inspections it has to be worth challenging whether high tech delivers a better solution than a variety of manual inspections...

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Not all UAVs and so not all UAV operators are the same

The variation and range of UAV platforms and accompanying imaging equipment continues to expand on a daily basis. UAVs come in all shapes and configurations, ranging from a matter of a few hundred grams in mass, right the way up to 20kg in some cases...

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Is a regulation crackdown inevitable?

With the recent news about another near miss between a drone and a commercial airliner, the question that is in the back of a lot of people’s minds in the industry is: “what are the regulating authorities planning to do to stop this from happening again?” This is the second airprox between a commercial airliner and a drone this year...

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UAV Pilot – Profession or Hobby- What’s the Difference?

UAV Pilot – Profession or Hobby- What’s the Difference? UAVs are filling up the skies. Anyone can buy one off the shelf of their local gadget shop or order one off Amazon, setting them back as little as a few hundred pounds...

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UAVs – What progress in 2015?

From a fledgling start in 2014 this year has seen the demand for UAVs and their services strengthen considerably. UAVs have never been far from the news, lots of good news stories but inevitably some of the coverage has been not so favourable, since there is no doubt a dramatic crash or controversial use of a drone makes for a lively and usually strongly opinionated news article...

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What the pilot sees

During our flights, in addition to the UAV itself the pilot has four main sources of information helping them to guarantee a safe and successful flight...

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UAVs just toys for the boys?

As with anything, first impressions count, so as a newbie to the world of UAVs here’s a summary of what I’ve learnt one month in. There is no doubt that initial impressions about UAVs all centre on how amazing these little beasts are...

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