• Iliyas Campbell

Bringing Drones Into Your Business

Updated: Apr 24

With technology moving faster then ever drones have come a long way from the basic photo and video platform that developed more than 2 decades ago.

Almost every industry has the potential to realise cost, time and risk savings and added value with the use of drones to collect data (photo, video, survey, modelling, thermal). If you've considered bringing a drone provider into your business process we've got a few basic tips to get you on your way.

Tip #1 - Project planning

To gain maximum efficiency and be cost effective you should consider batching your projects under a single contract or provider where the provider has the capability and capacity to assist you. Like any business, there are greater efficiencies to be had when contracts are longer term and cover a number of potential projects, locations and needs.

This isn't always possible in particular for private individuals with the need for a single set of photo, videos or data but even in this case being a repeat customer can have its benefits when dealing with a credible company.

When you do send a request for drone services try to provide as much information as possible including an accurate address/ location, type of work required and format of data / information needed, dates required and any deadlines you may have.

Tip #2 - Scheduling

When the drone operator needs to work with other teams such as engineering, survey, inspection, or film crews for example, consideration for detailed and accurate scheduling is needed to prevent delays.

Additionally, other than some of the larger commercial drones used largely for survey and infrastructure inspection, many drones cannot fly in rain. Even those that can fly in rain may not give you the data you need particularly when dealing with photography and videos. One small drop or rain on the camera lens is all it takes to ruin the shot and require a re-run of the task at a later time.

There won't always be perfect sunny days but in any dry weather condition the majority of drones will provide top quality deliverables when used professionally.

Tip #3 - Risk management & insurance

Under current laws it is mandatory for any drone service provided, company or individual, to conduct a detailed risk assessment and carry commercial insurance compliant with EC785/2004. This is for any flight that is not a recreational flight regardless of the type of business or individual (professional/ hobbyist) that is flying the drone.

Tip #4 - Deliverables

If you are managing our own data, whether that's photos, video or survey data it's likely that the files will be delivered by file transfer service. The most common of these include WeTransfer and Dropbox and don't require you to have an account. Files can be downloaded from these services via a link provided by email.

If you want the data to be processed or edite

d this is likely to come at additional cost and will depend on your requirement in terms of outputs - photo formats, type and length of video, mapping or modelling needs. It should always be specific to your needs and not a templated output that may not fit your business or project. Make sure you agree the type of data/ information and formats you need prior to starting the work.

Driving efficiency with drones

Drones are everywhere these days. If you need further information or advice on how we could add value to your business using drones get in touch for a no-obligation one-time consultation.

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