Drones an option as a commercial property and apartment building inspection tool

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Drones are so 2016, and they are increasingly being used as a tool for building inspections.

Drones can be used to inspect the outside of tall buildings and their increasing use will depend on legalities around maintenance and pre-purchase due diligence reports according to Archcentre, the advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Archicentre has in fact launched a new Drone Inspection Service to inspect and assess building and maintenance requirements for commercial property and apartment buildings.

It sure would beat getting up to hard to reach places in person.

Archicentre’s commercial business development manager Max Martin told Property Observer drones could be safer and eliminated the need to hire expensive access equipment such as scaffolding.

“Archicentre inspects thousands of properties a year around Australia in both the residential and commercial sector and the new Drone Inspection Service enables inspections of the most challenging roof and building through the UAV technology, without the architect inspector leaving the ground,” he said.

“Whilst the Drone is up in the air, an Archicentre Architect will control and view the footage via an iPad device and take photos of the roof and the building. They will zoom in specifically on defects such as cracking, corrosion, storm damage, guttering and facades,” Mr Martin told Property Observer.

“Archicentre incorporate the photographs as part of the Maintenance Advice Inspection Report with a description of the defect, outlining the defect position on the building as well as recommendations on how to repair it from a qualified architect.”


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