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Posts tagged “Aerial Inspection”

We were recently commissioned to inspect the 1000 square metre roof of an industrial unit in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. The imagery was required to support a condition report which had been commissioned by the potential new owner of the unit, as they wanted to know the state of the building before handing over their money! 
 
Our client was structural engineering firm Bond Davidson, and we worked closely with one of their structural engineers to make sure all areas of interest were captured in the survey — these were primarily the condition of the bolts fixing the roof panels in place, the general condition of the roof panels themselves, the condition of the gutters and the condition of the roof around any protrusions through the roof's surface, eg. chimneys. 
Drone aerial inspection photo of the roof of an industrial unit in Hoddesden, Hertfordshire
The Malls Shopping Centre in Basingstoke have been struggling for years with the inflated roof structure above their main courtyard developing mysterious holes, triggering the roof's automated deflation alarms. After some investigation they discovered the culprit(s) — the local seagulls! For some reason they continuously peck at the clear outer membrane until they've punctured it ... and then they abandon their 'creation' and start afresh elsewhere! Numerous attempts have been made to scare the birds away using automated bird deterrents, but so far none of them have proved effective. As such, a quicker and more cost-effective solution was required for locating and identifying the severity of the holes. 
Drone aerial inspection photograph of the inflated roof of The Malls shopping centre in Basingstoke, Hampshire
Who would have thought it? Firstly mentioning the word Christmas in the middle of August, and secondly, our telescopic mast holding the key to a Christmas decoration installation on a suspended canopy roof — yes, we were equally baffled! 
 
Earlier this month we performed a very simple inspection shoot with our telescopic mast outside The Malls shopping centre in Basingstoke, Hampshire. The task was to take some photographs of the top of a suspended canopy roof to ascertain whether there were suitable fixing points available for ... yes you guessed it, Christmas decorations! 
Mast aerial inspection photograph of a suspended canopy roof in Basingstoke, Hampshire
A few weeks ago we were commissioned to take some inspection photographs of a building in Cricklewood, London, where a roof-level facade of bricks appeared to be sagging under its own weight, as well as bowing inwards towards the rest of the building. The building's owners, understandably concerned, called in a structural engineering firm to investigate. 
 
The roof itself was inaccessible without using a cherry picker or scaffolding, so the only option for performing a visual inspection of the facade was either to use a drone or a telescopic mast. As this building was on the corner of a very busy road junction, using the drone was not an option — so it was our mast to the rescue! 
Mast aerial inspection photo of a roof in Cricklewood, London
We were recently commissioned by a building surveyor to take a set of inspection photographs of the roof of a terraced house in Hammersmith, London, and this shoot was a prime example of how our telescopic mast is perfectly suited to performing roof inspections in very cramped conditions where no vehicle-mounted mast could ever reach. 
Mast aerial inspection photo of a house roof in Hammersmith, London
A few weeks ago Horizon Imaging received a strange request from a fellow drone aerial photography company who were inspecting the exterior of an old public swimming bath in Brixton, London – could we put our telescopic mast inside the old boiler chimney of the swimming bath to inspect the condition of the brickwork?! As our mast is fully portable and sits in its own 4-legged tripod, the answer was "of course we can"! 
Mast aerial inspection photo taken inside an old boiler chimney in Brixton, London
Last month we were commissioned to perform a preventative-maintenance roof inspection of a block of flats in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey. Although the client had initially asked us to use our drone for the inspection, they were unaware of the restrictions that govern where drones can and cannot be used. As this flat was in a busy neighbourhood with roads, cars and other blocks of flats on all sides, we suggested using our fully-portable 50-foot telescopic mast instead. 
Mast aerial inspection photo of the roof of a block of flats in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey
Horizon Imaging was recently contacted by a homeowner in Redhill, Surrey, who needed some aerial photographs taken of his roof, which had been suffering from severe water ingress. 
What do you do if you have an inaccessible roof that you need to photograph? Call in Horizon Imaging of course! We were recently commissioned to take some aerial inspection photographs of an industrial unit in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. 
 
The new tenant had just taken out a 15 year lease on the property, and he required an initial set of photographs detailing the condition of the roof so he had a record of the roof's condition at the beginning of his tenancy. 
Drone aerial inspection photo of an industrial unit in Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Horizon Imaging was recently commissioned to take some mast aerial photographs to support a planning complaint against a building extension in London. 
 
Apparently the wrong type of roofing tile was used during the construction of the extension, and there was concern from the local planning office that the building would look out of place in its surroundings. 
Horizon Imaging was recently commissioned to take some mast aerial photographs to support a planning complaint against a building extension in London.