Award Winning Drone Survey Service Provider across Scotland & North England

It is a fast moving world. Safety, cost analysis and quality of service are all part of a delicate balancing act for businesses that need fast, reliable and cost effective inspection and survey work.

The fast paced development of aerial drone surveys are changing the very way that visual inspection services are conducted by companies in the Energy, Infrastructure, Utilities and Transportation Sectors.

Drone Survey Services

At Balmore, we are an award winning drone survey provider based in Glasgow. We provide aerial drone survey services across Scotland and the North of England. With a fleet of commercial grade drones equipped to handle the various inspection needs of our clients. We offer drone inspection services that are faster than conventional methods, offer a more detailed and complete report, are safer and comes with the added benefit of REAL costs savings.

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A drone survey being conducted on a high rise building in Glasgow

What sectors do we cover

The four main business sectors that we provide drone surveys in includes the energy sector comprised of oil & gas, wind energy and hydro electric dams. In the Infrastructure sector our drone surveys can be used for everything from building structural inspection to roofing, viaducts, bridges and even 3D modelling and topographical surveys. In the utilities sector, our drone surveys are helping to maintain and inspect powerlines, electrical towers, cooling towers and so more that help homes stay connected. And in the transportation sector, everything from motorway bridges to railway lines and ventilation shafts in tunnels are all areas that we can provide aerial inspections on with minimal to no shut down of roads or rail links.

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Radio mast Drone Surveys on an island in Scotland

What is an aerial drone survey?

Drone surveys are a faster, more detailed and safer way of conducting close up visual inspection of key assets and infrastructure which would normally be conducted by a team of ‘at height’ specialists using rope access, scaffolding and other ‘at height’ methods to reach inspection points.

Drones are unmanned quad blade aerial vehicle that we can fit with video, photography and thermal imaging cameras. They allow us to conduct up close visual inspections of structures, areas of interest and other objects, capturing visual data in the form of photos, video and scans that are collected and processed using powerful cloud based software to produce detailed inspection reports.

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A drone survey equipped with 4K video equipment

Drone surveys can be conducted in the exact same weather conditions that a normal inspection team operate in and can comparatively cover a huge area in a short space of time. At Balmore, we operate a fleet of drones that are specialised for different applications. For example, we operate a ‘confined spaces drone‘ equipped with a protective cage that allows it to access high risk confined spaces that are too small for a human to access. The protective cage allows to the drone to operate in tight locations.

We also operate drones equipped with vision sensor technology that do not rely on GPS signals. This makes it invaluable when operating in areas with an unstable GPS signal such as the metal structures surrounding an oil platform.

The advantages of using drone surveys

The advantages of using drone surveys for your visual inspection needs includes everything from the quality of the inspection data to the cost savings and the safety benefits it brings as human life is not put in harms way.

Building scaffolding to allow an inspection crew to perform a visual inspection is an expensive and time consuming process. It can result of normal operations being disrupted or even put on hold and puts human life at risk while working at height.

Using aerial drone surveys instead of human inspection crews will:

  • Reduce risk to life
  • Offer significant cost savings
  • Lower your insurance premiums
  • Reduce operational downtime and disruption
  • Produce more accurate and detailed inspection reports
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Confined Spaces Drones can access locations that are simply too dangerous for humans

A drone survey can take thousands of images from multiple vantage points. And all from distances and angles that are simply not possible with other current methods. These images can be GPS tagged so that future scheduled drone inspection work can follow the exact same flight path to take overlapping photos from the exact same GPS co-ordinates and angles as before. This gives your business direct visual comparison inspection data to monitor developing issues on points of interest. This is an invaluable service that has, for example, saved wind farms hundreds of thousands of pounds in maintenance costs and operational downtime as visual drone surveys have highlights developing issues and monitored them as part of a scheduled inspection contract that allows repairs to be conducted when it best suits the company.

Balmore Aerial Building Inspection

Is a drone survey right for your industry?

If you are currently using a conventional inspection team, scaffolding and other at height systems that require production to be stopped or restricted then drone surveys may be the ideal solution for your business. Call our head office in Glasgow today to discuss your business needs and inspection requirements and we can arrange a visual demonstration of the benefits of using aerial drones today.

About Balmore Inspection Services

Balmore Inspection Services is part of The Balmore Group. Your one stop difficult access specialists.

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Our Glasgow Head Office

We are an industry leader in unmanned aviation inspections, providing full though life asset maintenance services from initial inspection, repair and specialist cleaning of high-value assets. Operating in various sectors including construction, rail, offshore and renewables, The Balmore Group offers the expertise of over 40 years in difficult access works, roofing, rope access, industrial cleaning and drone inspection services. At Balmore, we offer ground breaking cloud-based inspection software technology to allow clients to access asset inspection data anywhere in the world.

Through all our divisions, we constantly reinvest in our team and our equipment to offer our customers the very best in everything we do. From DOFF Super Heated Steam Cleaning Systems in our cleaning division to the tailored confined spaces drones that we can use within Balmore Inspection Services and can be utilised by our sister group Balmore Specialist Contracts for the likes of historic building inspections in difficult to access roofing structures.

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From difficult access cleaning to drone survey inspections.

Find out more

If you would like to know more about our drone surveys then please contct our Glasgow head office. You can speak directly to our inspection team who will happily discuss how drone surveys work, the significant benefits they produce and answer any and all questions you may have.

Call 0141 370 4037 or email