5 ways drones that are changing the insurance and surveying industries

There are a number of industries that are seeing the benefit of using drones to make the way they work more efficient, two sectors that are seeing the benefits of drones first hand is the loss adjusting and surveying industries. DroneCam Solutions work closely with loss adjusters and surveyors and we have compiled a list of the top 5 areas that drones are making the most impact.

1. Time efficiency

For high elevation imagery to assess anything from roofs to bridges, traditional methods include cherry pickers, scaffolding or rope access. However, with a set up time of less than 10 minutes, drones are unbeatable for being the quickest way to locate problem areas. A roof survey can be completed within a single 28-minute flight and with real-time viewing available for the assessor on the ground, they are able to make a call for decision even before the drone has landed.

2. Inspection flexibility

Using drones to carry out initial inspections of buildings give you, without question, the most flexibility to locate an issue. Cherry pickers have restrictive views and movements, meaning it would need to be moved several times around a building to identify issues. Similarly, scaffolding may need to be wrapped around a building to carry out a full inspection, both methods take up a lot of ground-space, it isn’t always practical and in some cases, isn’t allowed. Drones are able to use a single take off and landing zone to carry out a full inspection, capturing detailed imagery from various elevations and angles, the imagery drones can provide is unparalleled.

3. Cost saving

With lower hire charges and less time required on site than traditional high elevation inspection methods, using drones for loss adjusting and surveying saves costs and disruption for you and your client. If not on site, DroneCam Solutions provides surveyors and loss adjusters with the imagery collected within 30 minutes after the flight, this allows the assessor to review the imagery at their desk without having to leave the office, after all, instead of the assessor wasting valuable time driving to different jobs, they can be doing what they do best, assessing. It’s estimated that using these methods, drones increase workflow efficiency by 40-50%.

4. Safety

Workplace safety is paramount no matter what industry you work in, the danger is increased when dealing with working at height and with questionable structural integrity. Using drones removes the risk faced by an assessor when on a roof with restricted access or in a building that has suffered fire damage – whilst there is risk and site assessments to be carried out, there are less the health and safety reports to be completed as the risk to a person has been removed.

5. Large loss coverage

Floods and environmental issues can cause huge amounts of damage over a large area, the complexities of assessing this damage can take a long time, mainly due to inaccessibility and the vastness of the damage caused. Using drones that can cover large areas in a short amount of time to carry out surveys of this nature, can quickly give an accurate picture of the scale of damage caused, allowing for quicker action to be taken for claimants.

DroneCam Solutions are certified by the Civil Aviation Authority to operate drones for commercial use, which is a requirement by law. DroneCam Solutions are committed to ensuring they are on site within 24 hours (weather pending) to collect the required imagery. For more information, contact DroneCam Solutions by emailing info@dronecamsolutions.co.uk or contacting the Accountable Manager, David Bridgen, on 07891 048785.

The DroneCam Solutions Team