New Operations Manager joins Remote Aerial Surveys

November 5, 2020 in Announcements

Remote Aerial Surveys, the UAV division of Richard Allitt Associates, has announced the appointment of Dominic Turner to the role of Operations Manager.

Dominic brings 7 years’ experience of commercial UAV operations to his new role at RAS, which is based in Staplefield, West Sussex and has offered high quality and cost effective survey, inspection, mapping and 3d modelling services to multiple sectors including Water, Environment, Rail and Construction since 2014.

Commenting on joining RAS as Operations Manager, Dominic said:

“We have exciting prospects and challenges ahead. I am really looking forward to working with an established team with the opportunities to further grow the business.”

Martin Allitt, RAA Director, commented that Dominic’s arrival will strengthen RAS’s position in the industry, where RAS has a place on the Network Rail UAV framework, as well as opening up further opportunities in the construction industry.

“The experience that Dominic brings to RAS, at a time when we are also investing in new platforms and payloads to manage increasing demand, will ensure that client satisfaction remains our top priority.

We welcome Dominic to the team and it’s fantastic to see he has jumped straight in on several large-scale current and forthcoming rail projects.”

If you wish to discuss a potential aerial survey with Dominic, please email pilot@remoteaerialsurveys.co.uk with brief details and contact information.

RAA secure CAA permissions for flying fixed-wing Small Unmanned Aircraft

July 16, 2020 in News

Richard Allitt Associates Ltd are pleased to announce their Remote Aerial Surveys division have recently secured CAA permissions for flying fixed-wing Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA).

This exciting addition to our commercial drone operations marks RAS’s 7th year in aerial surveys since first gaining CAA permissions for multirotor SUA in 2014.

With the acquisition of a WingtraOne VTOL earlier this year, RAS are looking forward to extending their capability to benefit key clients such as Network Rail and Tier One Contractors who are looking for a quick and efficient way to survey larger areas.

Martin Allitt, RAS Operations Director said “We were very impressed with the performance of the WingtraOne and knew that it would be a valuable addition to our fleet. We are very pleased with how quickly we’ve managed to train the pilots, update our operations manual and receive our permissions so that we can be operational with the fixed wing this summer – as the demand and interest has been very high among both our existing clients and new ones.”

RAS will be updating their website shortly with technical data on the full fleet capabilities, however in the meantime if you have any queries please contact pilot@remoteaerialsurveys.co.uk and one of the team would be pleased to assist.

The importance of regular asset condition surveys and inspections

August 9, 2019 in Flood Management, inspection, Survey Techniques, UAVs

With the recent events that unfolded at Whaley Bridge, it goes without saying that planned and regular key asset condition surveys and maintenance are vital to avoid costly emergency action and repairs, not to mention to reduce the risk to life and livelihoods.

UAV’s (or drones) offer a cost effective alternative to traditional survey and inspection methods with the added benefit of providing rapid access to the most challenging and difficult to reach structures and assets.

More traditional inspection methods generally require a greater deal of planning, potentially expensive equipment hire and a number of accompanying risks. Furthermore the personnel most suited for reaching these awkward areas are not necessarily those best suited to assessing the information they find. A drone can address all of these disadvantages, by accessing key infrastructure (e.g. a roof) in a matter of moments, and streaming real time images to qualified personnel safely located on the ground.

The other benefit of using drones for inspection surveys is the quality of the data.  With camera mounted UAV’s, the pilot can zoom in on problem areas to inspect damage, cracks, pest problems and other issues with ease.  In the case of roof inspections, clients can for example see loose bricks and slates, damaged flashing, debris build up and bird infestations without needing to go out on to the roof themselves. When a problem is identified, repair and maintenance can be set in motion immediately.  Should a person be required to access the area, images from the drone can be used to carry out health and safety inspections and to determine the safest access routes.

GPS-equipped UAVs can help with an ever-growing range of tasks as they are not limited to only one way of seeing things. Pre-programmed flight paths for example, ensure inspections can be easily repeated, delivering total accuracy should specific areas require revisiting. As well as high-definition videos and geo-tagged photographs, they can also help to create accurate 3D models and can carry specialist sensors to spot hidden problems. This variety of specialist sensors range from thermal cameras – ideal for identifying heat loss, blockages, leaks or stress points to multispectral cameras for detecting vegetation stress.  All of this data can be acquired safely by a person on the ground in a variety of ways, ultimately improving overall knowledge regarding the asset.

Pre-programmable flight paths ensure inspections can easily be repeated delivering total accuracy should specific areas be revisited

In summary, UAVs are a cost-effective survey method for safely and quickly supplying high quality data for multiple forms of asset.

Remote Aerial surveys are experienced in surveying a wide range of assets and structures within the water sector and beyond. When it comes to assessing structures such as dams, RAS also offer the added value of the knowledge and experience of consulting engineers Richard Allitt Associates in investigating flood risk in the case of defences failing due to a breach or overtopping. To find out more about the hydraulic modelling of flood defence breaches and overtopping please click here

Richard Allitt Associates Ltd have also had a place on the Network Rail UAV framework since 2014 which allows us to fly within 5 metres of live lines horizontally and 20 metres vertically.  For more info read here

Contact us now for a quote on 01444 401840 or email pilot@remoteaerialsurveys.co.uk


New Operations Manager joins Remote Aerial Surveys

November 5, 2020 in Announcements

Remote Aerial Surveys, the UAV division of Richard Allitt Associates, has announced the appointment of Dominic Turner to the role of Operations Manager.

Dominic brings 7 years’ experience of commercial UAV operations to his new role at RAS, which is based in Staplefield, West Sussex and has offered high quality and cost effective survey, inspection, mapping and 3d modelling services to multiple sectors including Water, Environment, Rail and Construction since 2014.

Commenting on joining RAS as Operations Manager, Dominic said:

“We have exciting prospects and challenges ahead. I am really looking forward to working with an established team with the opportunities to further grow the business.”

Martin Allitt, RAA Director, commented that Dominic’s arrival will strengthen RAS’s position in the industry, where RAS has a place on the Network Rail UAV framework, as well as opening up further opportunities in the construction industry.

“The experience that Dominic brings to RAS, at a time when we are also investing in new platforms and payloads to manage increasing demand, will ensure that client satisfaction remains our top priority.

We welcome Dominic to the team and it’s fantastic to see he has jumped straight in on several large-scale current and forthcoming rail projects.”

If you wish to discuss a potential aerial survey with Dominic, please email pilot@remoteaerialsurveys.co.uk with brief details and contact information.

RAA secure CAA permissions for flying fixed-wing Small Unmanned Aircraft

July 16, 2020 in News

Richard Allitt Associates Ltd are pleased to announce their Remote Aerial Surveys division have recently secured CAA permissions for flying fixed-wing Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA).

This exciting addition to our commercial drone operations marks RAS’s 7th year in aerial surveys since first gaining CAA permissions for multirotor SUA in 2014.

With the acquisition of a WingtraOne VTOL earlier this year, RAS are looking forward to extending their capability to benefit key clients such as Network Rail and Tier One Contractors who are looking for a quick and efficient way to survey larger areas.

Martin Allitt, RAS Operations Director said “We were very impressed with the performance of the WingtraOne and knew that it would be a valuable addition to our fleet. We are very pleased with how quickly we’ve managed to train the pilots, update our operations manual and receive our permissions so that we can be operational with the fixed wing this summer – as the demand and interest has been very high among both our existing clients and new ones.”

RAS will be updating their website shortly with technical data on the full fleet capabilities, however in the meantime if you have any queries please contact pilot@remoteaerialsurveys.co.uk and one of the team would be pleased to assist.

The importance of regular asset condition surveys and inspections

August 9, 2019 in Flood Management, inspection, Survey Techniques, UAVs

With the recent events that unfolded at Whaley Bridge, it goes without saying that planned and regular key asset condition surveys and maintenance are vital to avoid costly emergency action and repairs, not to mention to reduce the risk to life and livelihoods.

UAV’s (or drones) offer a cost effective alternative to traditional survey and inspection methods with the added benefit of providing rapid access to the most challenging and difficult to reach structures and assets.

More traditional inspection methods generally require a greater deal of planning, potentially expensive equipment hire and a number of accompanying risks. Furthermore the personnel most suited for reaching these awkward areas are not necessarily those best suited to assessing the information they find. A drone can address all of these disadvantages, by accessing key infrastructure (e.g. a roof) in a matter of moments, and streaming real time images to qualified personnel safely located on the ground.

The other benefit of using drones for inspection surveys is the quality of the data.  With camera mounted UAV’s, the pilot can zoom in on problem areas to inspect damage, cracks, pest problems and other issues with ease.  In the case of roof inspections, clients can for example see loose bricks and slates, damaged flashing, debris build up and bird infestations without needing to go out on to the roof themselves. When a problem is identified, repair and maintenance can be set in motion immediately.  Should a person be required to access the area, images from the drone can be used to carry out health and safety inspections and to determine the safest access routes.

GPS-equipped UAVs can help with an ever-growing range of tasks as they are not limited to only one way of seeing things. Pre-programmed flight paths for example, ensure inspections can be easily repeated, delivering total accuracy should specific areas require revisiting. As well as high-definition videos and geo-tagged photographs, they can also help to create accurate 3D models and can carry specialist sensors to spot hidden problems. This variety of specialist sensors range from thermal cameras – ideal for identifying heat loss, blockages, leaks or stress points to multispectral cameras for detecting vegetation stress.  All of this data can be acquired safely by a person on the ground in a variety of ways, ultimately improving overall knowledge regarding the asset.

Pre-programmable flight paths ensure inspections can easily be repeated delivering total accuracy should specific areas be revisited

In summary, UAVs are a cost-effective survey method for safely and quickly supplying high quality data for multiple forms of asset.

Remote Aerial surveys are experienced in surveying a wide range of assets and structures within the water sector and beyond. When it comes to assessing structures such as dams, RAS also offer the added value of the knowledge and experience of consulting engineers Richard Allitt Associates in investigating flood risk in the case of defences failing due to a breach or overtopping. To find out more about the hydraulic modelling of flood defence breaches and overtopping please click here

Richard Allitt Associates Ltd have also had a place on the Network Rail UAV framework since 2014 which allows us to fly within 5 metres of live lines horizontally and 20 metres vertically.  For more info read here

Contact us now for a quote on 01444 401840 or email pilot@remoteaerialsurveys.co.uk

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New Operations Manager joins Remote Aerial Surveys

November 5, 2020 in Announcements

Remote Aerial Surveys, the UAV division of Richard Allitt Associates, has announced the appointment of Dominic Turner to the role of Operations Manager.

Dominic brings 7 years’ experience of commercial UAV operations to his new role at RAS, which is based in Staplefield, West Sussex and has offered high quality and cost effective survey, inspection, mapping and 3d modelling services to multiple sectors including Water, Environment, Rail and Construction since 2014.

Commenting on joining RAS as Operations Manager, Dominic said:

“We have exciting prospects and challenges ahead. I am really looking forward to working with an established team with the opportunities to further grow the business.”

Martin Allitt, RAA Director, commented that Dominic’s arrival will strengthen RAS’s position in the industry, where RAS has a place on the Network Rail UAV framework, as well as opening up further opportunities in the construction industry.

“The experience that Dominic brings to RAS, at a time when we are also investing in new platforms and payloads to manage increasing demand, will ensure that client satisfaction remains our top priority.

We welcome Dominic to the team and it’s fantastic to see he has jumped straight in on several large-scale current and forthcoming rail projects.”

If you wish to discuss a potential aerial survey with Dominic, please email pilot@remoteaerialsurveys.co.uk with brief details and contact information.

RAA secure CAA permissions for flying fixed-wing Small Unmanned Aircraft

July 16, 2020 in News

Richard Allitt Associates Ltd are pleased to announce their Remote Aerial Surveys division have recently secured CAA permissions for flying fixed-wing Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA).

This exciting addition to our commercial drone operations marks RAS’s 7th year in aerial surveys since first gaining CAA permissions for multirotor SUA in 2014.

With the acquisition of a WingtraOne VTOL earlier this year, RAS are looking forward to extending their capability to benefit key clients such as Network Rail and Tier One Contractors who are looking for a quick and efficient way to survey larger areas.

Martin Allitt, RAS Operations Director said “We were very impressed with the performance of the WingtraOne and knew that it would be a valuable addition to our fleet. We are very pleased with how quickly we’ve managed to train the pilots, update our operations manual and receive our permissions so that we can be operational with the fixed wing this summer – as the demand and interest has been very high among both our existing clients and new ones.”

RAS will be updating their website shortly with technical data on the full fleet capabilities, however in the meantime if you have any queries please contact pilot@remoteaerialsurveys.co.uk and one of the team would be pleased to assist.

The importance of regular asset condition surveys and inspections

August 9, 2019 in Flood Management, inspection, Survey Techniques, UAVs

With the recent events that unfolded at Whaley Bridge, it goes without saying that planned and regular key asset condition surveys and maintenance are vital to avoid costly emergency action and repairs, not to mention to reduce the risk to life and livelihoods.

UAV’s (or drones) offer a cost effective alternative to traditional survey and inspection methods with the added benefit of providing rapid access to the most challenging and difficult to reach structures and assets.

More traditional inspection methods generally require a greater deal of planning, potentially expensive equipment hire and a number of accompanying risks. Furthermore the personnel most suited for reaching these awkward areas are not necessarily those best suited to assessing the information they find. A drone can address all of these disadvantages, by accessing key infrastructure (e.g. a roof) in a matter of moments, and streaming real time images to qualified personnel safely located on the ground.

The other benefit of using drones for inspection surveys is the quality of the data.  With camera mounted UAV’s, the pilot can zoom in on problem areas to inspect damage, cracks, pest problems and other issues with ease.  In the case of roof inspections, clients can for example see loose bricks and slates, damaged flashing, debris build up and bird infestations without needing to go out on to the roof themselves. When a problem is identified, repair and maintenance can be set in motion immediately.  Should a person be required to access the area, images from the drone can be used to carry out health and safety inspections and to determine the safest access routes.

GPS-equipped UAVs can help with an ever-growing range of tasks as they are not limited to only one way of seeing things. Pre-programmed flight paths for example, ensure inspections can be easily repeated, delivering total accuracy should specific areas require revisiting. As well as high-definition videos and geo-tagged photographs, they can also help to create accurate 3D models and can carry specialist sensors to spot hidden problems. This variety of specialist sensors range from thermal cameras – ideal for identifying heat loss, blockages, leaks or stress points to multispectral cameras for detecting vegetation stress.  All of this data can be acquired safely by a person on the ground in a variety of ways, ultimately improving overall knowledge regarding the asset.

Pre-programmable flight paths ensure inspections can easily be repeated delivering total accuracy should specific areas be revisited

In summary, UAVs are a cost-effective survey method for safely and quickly supplying high quality data for multiple forms of asset.

Remote Aerial surveys are experienced in surveying a wide range of assets and structures within the water sector and beyond. When it comes to assessing structures such as dams, RAS also offer the added value of the knowledge and experience of consulting engineers Richard Allitt Associates in investigating flood risk in the case of defences failing due to a breach or overtopping. To find out more about the hydraulic modelling of flood defence breaches and overtopping please click here

Richard Allitt Associates Ltd have also had a place on the Network Rail UAV framework since 2014 which allows us to fly within 5 metres of live lines horizontally and 20 metres vertically.  For more info read here

Contact us now for a quote on 01444 401840 or email pilot@remoteaerialsurveys.co.uk