Drones - applications and compliance for surveyors by RICS

This insight paper by RICS discusses the opportunities, rapidly developing applications and compliance challenges of using drones in a surveying environment, particularly in light of recent high-profile cases of misuse. The insight paper also highlights the fast-moving national and international regulatory issues impacting the technology's integration into widespread use in the land, property and construction sectors.

The rapid development of drones has led to a significant increase in their use for surveying applications, including mapping, building surveying and land and agriculture management. Businesses are increasingly assessing the potential impact drone technology can have on their professional practice and speculating on how they can develop their own drone strategies.

This insight paper also includes in-depth sections on:

  • a rapidly evolving national and international drone industry

  • opportunities and challenges for drone users

  • drone platforms and, even more importantly for surveyors, sensors (from optical to hyperspectral)

  • case studies

  • current and emerging regulatory and compliance issues, including national and international legislation and developing standards

  • factors to consider ahead of incorporating this cutting-edge technology into your business.

The insight also contains extensive references, a glossary and a further reading list and is essential reading for all professionals thinking of using, employing or integrating drone-derived imagery and data into their workflow.

Our thoughts:

We think this is a good report by RICS for those who want to understand the basics of using drone technology for asset inspection and asset surveying.

Using a drone to capture digital information for a conditional survey, pre-acquisition survey, due diligence survey, planned maintenance program or dilapidation survey is fairly straight forward in a rural or industrial park type environment but when it come to capturing this information in city centres like London, Birmingham, Leeds etc its completely different.

You really need to use a company with a special drone license i.e. OSC and experience flying in this type of environment otherwise you could run into issues with the police, NATS, Diplomatic Protection Group, CAA to name but a few.

Its one thing capturing data with a drone but you also need to have the systems in place for storing, managing, analysing and reporting on the asset.

Click here to read the full report.

Drones - applications and compliance for surveyors by RICS

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