With the advancement of aerial drones, there has been a swing away from the conventional inspection methods used by so many businesses in Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Utilities and Wind Energy.

The slow, expensive and sometimes unreliable inspection methods of old are being replaced by advanced systems performed by the latest in commercial aerial inspection drones.

aerial inspection of a building structure
Aerial Inspection of a building can spot potential issues in minutes – a traditional inspection team could take days to even access the same location

But what are the benefits of using aerial inspection services and are there any significant draw backs to switching from a conventional inspection and survey team to an aerial drone inspection service.

Because aerial drones are still a relatively new technology, the companies across Scotland and England that operate them are themselves relatively new. But this brings us to the first benefit.

Modern Business and Modern Thinking.

Balmore Aerial Services is modern and dynamic inspection company. Founded in 2015, we are fully integrated with the latest in drone technology. It allows us to offer our customers the very latest in what is possible with drones. As other/older companies have sought to catch up by introducing drones into their service, they are left with the baggage of existing inspection methods.

Reduced Cost

Every single aerial inspection project is different so it is almost impossible to give set prices for aerial inspection services but we can confidently say that by using aerial drones for your inspection, you WILL see a reduced cost on your inspection needs. Why? Simple. An aerial inspection is generally conducted by a two man team. The drone pilot and a spotter who is there to ensure that a drone does not get tangled in any phone or electrical wires. And that is it. Our aerial drone can take of and land from the flat bed of our commercial truck which thanks to its off road capabilites, can be taken far away from civilisation inorder to conduct aerial inspection work. There is no excess cost of a team of inspection personnel, access equipment, scaffolding etc. This immediately sees a reduction in costs.

Reduced inspection time

Using scaffolding as an example. When you need to inspect, for example the under side of a bridge, you need to construct scaffolding to gain access. The time taken to erect the scaffolding can take days depending on the complexity. An aerial inspection operated by a drone can be completed in less than an hour – total. No waiting around simply to access the location.


You may think that having an inspection team member ‘on site’ will enable them to spot anything that needs to be fixed and a drone might miss something. Well with the latest in video and camera technology and thermal imaging camera attached to our inspection drone, an average aerial inspection will take over 1000 photos of a site from different angles and distances. If we can’t spot something in an aerial inspection then neither will an ‘on site’ inspection team.

Weather Conditions

These are not play toys that you see in your local Argos catalogue. Our commercial drones are the very best in the business and can fly in the exact same weather conditions that an inspection team would operate in. To put it another way – if the weather is bad enough that our drones can’t fly – then an inspection team will be unable to operate either.

bridge aerial inspection
One of our aerial drones about to inspect the underside of a bridge. A traditional inspection team would require scaffolding to access the same points which would increase costs.

So with significant cost savings, a quick turn around and superior results – what are the disadvantages of using drones for aerial inspection…….we can’t think of anything.

If you would like to know more about aerial inspection services and how drone inspection and surveys can benefit your business, please contact our Glasgow head office on 0141 370 4037.

drone survey services based in Glasgow
From our head office, we can cover all of Scotland and North England