airborne building condition surveys

At Future Aerial our approach to inspecting large structures such as commercial roofing is methodical and measurable.

Whilst traditional methods of inspecting commercial roofing with the use of ladders, cranes and scaffolding are rapidly being replaced by the use of drones, simple Aerial photography or video of these structures often prove to be a blunt instrument for engineers and surveyors.

Building condition surveys and change monitoring requires “repeat-ability” to understand asset deterioration. Additionally in the case of alterations on a roof such as solar panel installation a much more accurate understanding is essential.

Our techniques at Future Aerial are based on GIS survey principles and with the addition of traditional, ground based GPS we are able to create accurate terrain models as well as extremely high definition imagery of the entire structure.

In the following example you can see that our mapping techniques take hundreds of extremely high definition Geo-referenced photographs to make up the final survey.


The outputs can then be measured from which can be useful in less invasive types of repair from the inside of the building and also minimise scaffold where external repairs are necessary. The imaging process can then be repeated at a later date using image overlay techniques to understand how quickly and where deterioration is occurring.



Creating a digital terrain model of the roof structure can be very useful in architectural design and increasingly for solar installations where energy yield planning can maximise efficiency and save costs. 


For more information about Future Aerial and our extensive experience in this area please get in touch here


Landmark aerial inspection of Avon gorge

Increasing knowledge whilst creating dramatic efficiencies


The Avon gorge is one of the most familiar landmarks in Bristol, a geological marvel that has played an important role in shaping the local inhabitants since the Iron Age.

As some of the cliff faces boarder a road, detailed surveys of the gorge need to be carried out at regular intervals. Ordinarily such geological surveys involve teams of climbers working in difficult and dangerous conditions over a significant period of time and frequently leads to road closures with resulting traffic disruption and cost to the city council who are required to ensure that the cliff face poses no threat to the road below. In an ever increasing effort to modernise, save cost and create efficiencies the city council commissioned a detailed survey of a two- kilometre stretch of the cliff face on the Clifton side of the gorge using the latest drone and sensor technology.

Future Aerial were selected to capture the large amounts of high definition imagery and data whilst working closely with engineering consultants XEIAD to create a detailed analysis of the rock faces. The imagery has been used to create a 3D map of the gorge that can be revisited and referenced to analyse areas of interest or concern. The project is believed to be the first of its kind anywhere in the country.

Below is a low resolution 3D model of a section of the cliff face.

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