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Drone inspections in social housing

Future Aerial have been applying advanced aerial imaging techniques to buildings of all kinds over the years and when it comes to large industrial buildings and high rise social housing, its easy to understand where the benefits can be realised.

In this case a 4 story block of flats needed inspecting for a large National social housing provider, the roof has no access from internal or external means and the only way to inspect the condition of a building like this above the second story traditionally would be to erect scaffold at great expense.

At future Aerial we can provide everything from a photographic inspection through to advanced BIM (Building information modeling) compliant models for architectural redesign and deeper understanding for major alterations.

In this case a model has been created and each face of the building can be separated and viewed as high definition, measurable images (ortho photos) for post analysis.


The Roof structure has been modelled separately and due to the fact that the image is rectified using GPS ground control it is possible to measure exactly where problem areas are occurring and what remedial work will be necessary allowing in some cases the ability to fix a problem from the inside whilst avoiding large scale scaffolding.

(Model below is for reference purposes only actual data available on request)

Future Aerial utilised industrial grade equipment to attain extremely high resolution so that every detail of the building condition can be reviewed.


Outputs for the inspection included – Ortho rectified Tiff, Point cloud and meshed model.

For more information regarding Future Aerials work with BIM, building inspections and asset management please contact us here


Future Aerial at the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale

Although steeped in history and tradition the Open is one of the largest and most technically complex broadcasting events in the world.

Future Aerial were honoured to be invited back for the 6th year running to model the course at Royal Birkdale to provide digital mapping solutions for a variety of broadcast and event management applications.


To find out more about Future Aerial and our work in Golf please contact us here

Surveying coastal erosion in South Wales

Future Aerial have been working with the Vale of Glamorgan council to survey large swathes of the South Wales coastline.

In another landmark project Future Aerial have been helping experts gain essential understandings about the complex dynamics of the coast in this part of the Severn estuary which has one of the highest tidal ranges in the world — about 50 feet (15 m).


Since the end of the last Ice age the coastline has been shaped by sub-aerial and marine erosion, both of which continue today and require continual monitoring. 


Using imaging techniques developed over several years and following many similar projects, future aerial have been able to produce highly accurate, measurable surveys of the cliffs to be used for analysis and change monitoring.


For more information on coastal and similar work undertaken by Future Aerial get in touch here

In the drone

Future Aerial insights – featuring in this months Construction and & Civil Engineering magazine

“The most vital part of applying drone technology is understanding what kind of data is possible and what outputs are most appropriate for a specific purpose…”


For more information about our work in construction and engineering please get in touch here

Future Aerial join Comit project


Future Aerial are excited to be joining Comit as leading technology contributor on the “Automated Reality drone project”.

Future Aerial are working alongside Costain, Bentley, Crossrail, highways England and host of other companies to advance the use of drone technology and increase productivity within the construction and infrastructure industries.


About the Comit project:

“To become the Centre of Excellence for the exploration, development and implementation of mobile computing and communication technologies within the Construction Industry, by creating an environment for our members that encourages, supports and promotes collaboration, knowledge exchange, innovation, industry best practice and continuous improvement.”

COMIT’s mission is to promote the use of mobile technology within the UK construction industry by spreading best practice, promoting new developments and facilitating understanding between technology providers and construction companies.

To this end COMIT will support, instigate and promote case studies and demonstration projects, engage with like-minded organisations and actively communicate the benefits of mobile technology to current and future construction members through publications, meetings, conferences and links with educational institutions.

At the recent Digital rail symposium hosted by Bentley the Plumstead Crossrail hub was selected for the initial pilot, models were built using Bentley context capture .


Future Aerial very much look forward to working with everyone involved in Comit over the coming months.

Future Aerial at the Rio Olympics



Future Aerial’s mapping expertise was in full swing when we visited Rio earlier this year.



The Reserva de Marapendi was designed by American Gil Hanse, Construction of the coastal course in Barra began in March 2013 and played for the first time in March 2016. The 7,128-yard course was built mainly on a sand quarry.

The golf started today at the Rio Olympics for the first time since 1904! Alligators, owls and the world’s largest rodent are amongst the exotic hazards facing Rio 2016’s Olympic golfers….


For more information about Future Aerials work in golf please contact us here

The Open at Royal Troon

It’s that time of the year again and Future Aerial are excited to be back at the Open for a 5th year.

This years venue, Royal Troon, is renowned as one of the worlds greatest links courses and is playing host for the 145th Open in 2016.

As Royal Troon is situated at the end of Glagow Prestwick airport some thorough planning was necessary but it provides a great example of how unmanned aviation can integrate safely with professional cooperation. Thanks to the ATS Watch Managers at Glagow Prestwick and CAA Liaison Officers.



For more information on the extensive work Future Aerial undertakes in the golf industry please get in touch here 


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


Inspecting superstructures- the QEII Bridge

How can the use of remotely piloted aircraft systems truly fulfil the promise of creating efficiency’s, maximising insight and increasing safety? The answer: A careful approach, meticulous planning and a deep understanding of the limits of the technology.


Future Aerial have extensive history in bridge inspections and performed some of the first ever significant UAV inspections in the UK.

Bridges present a good example of the incredible cost savings that can be gained by using drone technology (we can create an average of ¼ to a 1/3rd cost saving) with increased quality of data and significant time efficiency’s gained over a 100% traditional rope access inspection. Bridges also present a good example of the scale of complexity and planning that need to be employed to add this value in terms of logistics, legality and safety.

QE11 Bridge


Working closely with XEIAD (engineering and rope access company) as part of a sub deck principle inspection of the main span of the QEII Bridge, Future Aerial were able to collect high definition imagery of approximately 500m of the most difficult access over the river Thames.

Even a small and seemingly simple bridge inspection often requires hours of detailed planning, risk assessments and a thorough methodology but the QEII Bridge is a long way from being small or simple. Crossing one of the UK’s busiest waterways and carrying one of London’s main arterial motorways, the M25,  is also a highly monitored potential terrorist target with 24 hour military surveillance above and below the waterline.

Whilst the planning process for the QEII Bridge was several months in the making with the inclusion of the bridge Management Company, Thames Port Authority, local police, London ATC, all local emergency services, local council, etc. Future Aerial’s bespoke planning systems utilising the fdc_logo_001_small

allow us to take extremely complex projects and make them turn-key.

Future aerial innovation cycle is simple:

  1. Work with clients to find a challenge where we believe we can add value
  2. Proof of Concept
  3. Trials
  4. Using the FDC (Futuredronecloud) make it a “turn-key” Product
  5. Roll the ‘Product’ to a repeatable simplified process for change monitoring.

Below is an example of the level of detail Future Aerial attained allowing Engineers to examine individual bolts in otherwise extremely difficult areas to access.


Future Aerial effectively replicates some of the detail gained through the use of rope access, without the traffic control requirements, and at significantly lower cost in terms of equipment and traffic control needs. Future Aerial can provide 3D modelled and infrared outputs of bridges and related structures, effectively identify concrete delamination, steel degradation and other areas in need of attention or physical intervention.

Flood risk mapping for JBA Consulting

Future Aerial has been busy on many projects of late and with continuing fears over some of the extreme rainfall events Europe has experienced this year it is more important than ever to have accurate data for flood risk planning.  

Using a combination of fixed wing and multirotor platforms Future Aerial were able to capture data at a much higher accuracy than existing LIDAR data, this enables highly effective analysis for flood modelling and planning. Future Aerial’s unique geographic reach not only creates efficiency’s by decreasing travel costs and time on site but also cuts the carbon cost of each job by up to 70%. Being able to mobilise quickly and plan complex operations via the Future Drone Cloud (FDC) we were able to complete end to end data capture to delivery in just a few days.


For more information about Future Aerials work in flood risk survey and mapping please contact us here

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