A full range of building inspection services is offered, from thorough on-site inspections to roof litigation consulting. We routinely identify roofing system risks and separate storm damage from installation errors, wear & tear, mechanical damage, manufacturer’s defects, and a myriad of other deficiencies that are not apparent to seasoned adjusters or general construction contractors. Our determinations are based upon published industry standards, prevailing building codes, manufacturers' technical papers, and our inspectors’ extensive knowledge.
- Hi-definition 2D, Thermal Imaging and 3D Imaging
- Pre-construction / Occupancy / Investigation / As-Built / Forensics
- Architecture deficiencies
- Rooftop, Building Envelope, Balconies, Investigations
- Litigation Consulting / Expert Witness Services
- Development of data content for claims analysis or expert use
- 3D Printed Models from scans
- Emergency Management Search and Rescue Support Operations
- Public Safety support for Police and Fire Operations
- Mapping of public space for Emergency Management pre-planning
- Event Production Support
Engineers are often costly and lack depth in their roofing experience. Roofing contractors have an incentive to provide their clients a comprehensive scope which often does not distinguish between storm damage and wear & tear. Drone Wolf is the insurance, legal and property professionals’ source when it comes to unbiased, conclusive, irrefutable roof investigations. We work with every type of building.
WHY USE DRONES FOR BUILDING INSPECTIONS?
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are essentially flying robots. They are probably best known for military applications but they have become increasingly used for commercial purposes—building inspection is one new use.
Drones can significantly reduce the time and expense of commercial building inspections when compared to conventional methods. Using a drone such as Indago II, a trained person can easily fly a small, camera-equipped drone over a building to capture imagery. The footage is then used to make a high-resolution map or 3-D model of the building for inspection.
There are many pros to this approach—cost is one. Depending on equipment and location, rates to hire a drone pilot range from $100 to $450 per hour. Typically, you would pay the drone pilot less than it would cost you to insure the person who would have been hanging off the side of your large commercial building.
The drone can also be deployed very quickly and capture the necessary footage in hard-to-reach places much faster than a human could. A typical drone flight can be completed in 5 to 20 minutes depending on the size of the building.
In addition to maintenance inspections, drone-generated video footage can also be a very useful marketing tool.
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR PROPERTY CLAIMS
Current image technology in manned aircrafts allows for the capture of images at a ground sample distance of up to one-inch per pixel. The use of UAS for property review and damage assessment offers tremendous potential at significantly reduced costs. If an area is hit by a storm, a UAS could efficiently and cost-effectively survey targeted areas, providing vital information on the extent of damage and the geographical areas affected by the storm.
- Using an iPad app designed to control or plan automatic flights for DJI aircraft. Through its clear, concise interface, complex flight missions can be planned with a few taps. The app will then automatically take pictures at pre-set waypoints, providing the accuracy required for precision mapping. A Virtual Fence feature increases safety and ease of use by locking the aircraft’s height and speed within a designated area. With these features, the software we use dramatically increases the efficiency of various industrial applications, including but not limited to, aerial imaging, architecture, electrical inspections, search and rescue, safety control, and more.
- The flight software automatically generates efficient flight paths after the user has set their required flight zone and camera parameters. The aircraft will then follow this route throughout its mission. The image data captured during these flights can be put into 3D reconstruction software to generate 3D maps, while the mission itself can be saved for re-use.
- We generate detailed maps of tall structures using 3D Map POI. Our pilot chooses the subject and set a distance between it and the aircraft. The software we use will then provide relevant parameters including speed and time required to circuit the structure. Images captured can be exported into 3D reconstruction software to create accurate 3D models of the entire building.
Commercial drones are powerful, convenient and easy to use tools. With just a few taps on an iPad, complex flight routes can be created, giving critical missions added accuracy and reliability. Our fleet is equipped with an indispensable tool that is capable of dramatically increasing efficiency in a wide range of industries.
The aerial imagery from the we provide is securely stored in the Cloud. Permissions management can be administrated to ensure the right members of the team have access to the individual images, models, and all the online measurement tools as part of the inspection, underwriting and claims adjustment workflow.
"We think drones are entering a new era," Noah Poponok, an aerospace and defense specialist with Goldman Sachs Research, suggested in a May video on the firm's website. "There's the common thread of them increasing efficiency, increasing safety and doing so at lower costs and, cumulatively over the next five years, we see this as a $100 billion market." Originally Posted on Gov Tech (Nov 21, 2016)
As-designed vs. as-built
Drone imagery and data integration with CAD and BIM software is providing AEC professionals with specific tools for gauging project compliance and identifying where real-world construction is veering off course. The ability to pinpoint deviation from a plan is expected to positively impact budget and project delivery by reducing costly change-orders before construction errors occur. Originally Posted on Construction Dive (Nov 16, 2016)
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