360° Drone Solutions for Local Councils
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How are Local Councils using drones?
Local councils are responsible for delivering over 800 services, with duties ranging from waste management to social care.
This webinar investigates how local councils can take advantage of drone technology to provide both competent and cost-efficient services.
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Incorporating drones into the surveying of large portfolios could save authorities millions of pounds & days of waiting for projects to be completed, and negate traditional health and safety hazards that are associated with building surveys & scaffolding.
Drone technology can be used to identify and analyse potential sites for housing developments by using photogrammetry. You can expect data to be collected and processed up to 10 times faster than traditional methods, acquiring quicker deliverables and shorter project cycles.
Drones provide a viable solution for tracking congestion and planning/maintaining roads. Existing methods of traffic monitoring can be overcome by using drone technology due to its ease of use, ability to cover larger areas and provide real-time streams/feedback.
Drones can be used as an incredibly useful tool for both organisation/planning and gathering real-time event analytics. Areas include site mapping, analysing footfall, crowd distribution, security and protection, and recording commemorative events.
Your Industry Expert
UAV Strategist – Public Sector
With an in depth knowledge of the business development and growth management, Danny has helped companies go from zero drone experience to full adopters.
“Adopting drone technology can be difficult, especially in an industry with little-to-no information on how to get the best return on investment.
Having worked alongside organisations such as Leeds City Council, East Herts Council and Wigan Council, I’m sure that I can get you up, operational, and seeing the benefits of drone technology” – Danny Wilson
Do local councils use drones?
Currently a very small quantity of councils have adopted and begun utilising drone technology, with numbers estimated to be under 25 out of the 333 in England.
Early adopters include Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) council who trialled a scheme in the summer of 2021 that aimed to tackle litter using the technology. Additionally, Surrey council have partnered with Amey to track fly-tipping in the local area.
In Scotland, several councils have partnered with a company called Viewpoint Films, for the aerial inspections of their property portfolios. This initiative began as part of the HEEPs programme set out by Scottish Housing Quality Standard. The company have surveyed over 600 houses by air, saving local authorities over £4.5 million.
Are drones used for Highway Maintenance?
One of the biggest advantages of including drones within your road maintenance regime is that they can survey and record a huge area of the transport network from overhead in just a fraction of the time taken by traditional ground-based teams.
Advancements in drone camera technology mean users can rely on detailed images – accurate to within 5mm – taken from overhead and it’s allowed them to break new ground.
For the council, the pilot represents an “exciting opportunity” which will provide a greater understanding of roads and other assets. Prior to having this information at their fingertips, the council relied on reports submitted by road users online.
Can you inspect a roof with a drone?
Roofs have long been ignored by property owners and managers due to the high costs associated with traditional methods. Drone roof inspections cast aside the need for scaffolding and long man-hours, providing clients with faster deliverables at a fraction of the cost. Additionally, drone technology can provide more in-depth analysis due to the incorporation of thermal cameras, LiDAR or photogrammetry capabilities.
Can you use a drone for land surveying?
Drones have proven to be dynamic tools for commercial uses, providing users with large strides in efficiency and safety. Surveying operations are a prime example.
Photogrammetry is one of the predominant methods of land survey, whereby drones fly over vast areas of land, taking thousands of pictures which are later stitched together to create models of the site. The end result is scaled 3D representation of the site.
How are drones used to tackle potholes?
One of main use cases for drones that is being experimented with by local authorities is road maintenance.
Automated drones are able to fly along pre-planned points and mapping where there are pot holes using LiDAR and RTK technology.
Where humans are involved, human error can occur. When surveying discrepancies occur, it’s often due to carelessness, miscommunication, and/or fatigue.
By adopting drones for surveying, this danger can be eliminated. This is because there is no need for data entry. The smart software simply (and instantly) extracts the information it needs from images – including geo-tags to build models.
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