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BUILDING ENVELOPE AND TALL STRUCTURE INSPECTION
AND DOCUMENTATION

Building Envelope and Tall Instructure Inspection and Documentation

There is no better way to perform a building envelope inspection than the use of a properly sized and selected Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) aka Drone based camera platform.

When millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent to renovate a historic building’s exterior, detailed documentation is critical. Specific defects and deterioration areas must be located and documented in order to properly evaluate the problem and create a detailed plan for the project. However, when a building is located in the middle of a busy city or with heights of 400 feet or more, safe access options to the roof, dome or upper perimeter can be very limited, making the acquisition of necessary details very complicated.

Historic buildings are fragile, so climbing around on them is both dangerous and could result in significant damage. Bringing in large man lifts or bucket trucks is very expensive and requires street blockage permits. Those operations are intrusive, and they still can’t safely reach most of the areas that require close but gentle inspection. 

 

Large cranes hanging bolsom chairs are both costly and cumbersome while providing limited results. Both methods as well as mast climbers or other conventional procedures bring significant safety concerns, inconvenience and disruption as well as huge expense. Why spend much more and expose workers to extreme danger when there are better ways to accomplish the task? Drone based camera platforms offer the best technology and are the proven option to complete these challenging but important tasks.

THE FUTURE OF HISTORIC AND COMPLEX BUILDING INSPECTIONS IS THROUGH DRONE BASED CAMERA PLATFORMS.

BALTIMORE CITY HALL RENOVATION PROJECT

We were recently involved in a very interesting project with significant importance. Baltimore City Hall is a historic building constructed in 1876 at a cost of just over $2 million with some amazing workmanship and features, including a massive dome with a spire on top. The structure has held up well but still needs significant repairs and renovation to put it back in its original condition.

We worked on this project for nearly 2 days using multiple Drones and overcame every obstacle we encountered with the radio signals heavily urban area. It was a very successful shoot, and once completed, we had over 2000 pictures that will be used as the basis for the renovation program.  The architects and engineers are now enabled by the details found in these images. They will use them to write to specification their program, which in this instance, a $20 to $30 million renovation of this beautiful historic building.

These areas would have been very difficult to reach with conventional methods which are also very expensive and intrusive.  Aerial Visions took care of it without interruption, without bothering anybody and was completed in less than two days. The pictures were compiled in a systematic, organized basis and provided to the engineers through cloud-based programs.  It was a very successful project.

Conventional methods block the outside of the buildings and sidewalks for weeks and tend to be very expensive as well as exposing workers to a significant danger. The results are simply not as good as those we provide using our amazing fleet of UAS with powerful cameras and scanners. Building and tall structure inspection is using UAS (Drone) technology is much safer, much quicker, much less intrusive and can be completed at a fraction of the cost that would be spent through conventional methods like high lifts, cranes with balsam chairs or repelling.

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