Award Winning Structural Inspection Services across Scotland and the North of England

UAV Structural Inspections offer significant cost savings and increased accuracy over conventional inspection methods.

The process of conducting a structural inspection for either a building, bridge or similar structure was once a time consuming and costly process. It would usually involve a team of trained inspection personnel, scaffolding, cherry pickers and/or rope access specialists and the related safety equipment.

It would also potentially required business operations to be put on hold or disrupted and it might have caused traffic issue. A single inspection point could take days to complete and come with a considerable cost.

Thanks to the advancement of modern commerial drones however, those days are now behind us. Armed with the latest in aerial drone technology equipped with 4K HD video and thermal imaging capturing cameras, Balmore Aerial Services can offer a better solution.

structural inspection of pipelines in Scotland
One of our drones conducting a pipeline inspection. We used thermal imaging scans to look for any cracks or leaks. This inspection was conducted quickly and easily over ground that conventional inspection teams would struggle to access.

As an award winning inspection service provider, our commercial fleet of UAV drones can provide structural and thermal inspections quicker than traditional methods whilst offering real cost savings.

Does using drones for the inspection reduce the quality of service?

Far from it. Using UAV inspection methods will actually increase the quality and detailing of your inspection. An aerial drone can provide a complete 360 degree inspection of a building or bridge from multiple heights, distances and angles. We can fly our drones in the exact same conditions that conventional inspection teams need to access scaffolding. Our drones can take hundreds of photos of the same ‘points of interest’ from multiple angles using both HD camera and thermal imaging so that we can see far more than a conventional inspection team. All this data is then processed and put together in a complete report that our customers can access, archive and pass on to others for further analysis.

We can perform our aerial inspections during live use (ie. Hydroelectric dams and roadside bridges) so there is no downtime or road closures and with aerial drones, there is no need for specialist teams to have to work at height using costly scaffolding and rope access. This significantly increases site safety AND offers significant cost savings.

Where can drone inspection services be used?

Our inspection methods can be used in the following industrial structures:

  • Power Stations
  • Hydro Electric Dams
  • Solar Panels
  • Wind Farms
  • Building structures
  • Difficult to access roof areas, buildings and structures due to height and location
  • Fragile and/or unsafe roofs, building and structures
  • Urban areas
  • Construction sites
  • Residential properties
  • Commercial properties
  • Factories
  • Warehouses
  • Manufacturing plants
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Communication masts
  • Viaducts
  • Bridges
  • And lots more….

Who pilots the drones?

Our qualified team of professional UAV drone pilots are fully employed by Balmore Aerial Services and are all certified and insured for inspection and survey services across Scotland and the North of England.

structural inspections in difficult access points
Our drones can provide structural inspections of difficult to access points.

Does a drone inspection take a long time?

In comparison to conventional inspection methods, our drone inspections can be done incredibly quickly. We have become a popular choice for inspection of turbine blades in the wind energy sector because, on top of offering a superior service, our drones can inspect and survey more than double the number of wind turbines in the same time that a conventional inspection team can.

With the significant cost savings of using modern aerial drones for structural inspections, combined with an increased inspection speed and minimal need to create disruption with site shut downs, our drone inspections can identify potential issues sooner and in more accurate detail so that repairs can be performed before the situation gets worse.

If you would like to know more about our structural inspection surveys carried out by advanced aerial drones across Scotland, please contact our friendly head office team in Glasgow by calling 0141 370 4037 or by emailing info@balmore-ltd.co.uk. We can arrange a time for one of our drone inspection team to speak to you and answer any queries or questions that you may have.