Building Inspection with Drone
Building Inspection with Drone

Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are a powerful tool for infrared building inspection in a wide range of applications that might otherwise require destructive contact or expose workers to safety risks.

Building Diagnostics Group (BDG) is a multifaceted consulting firm with extensive experience in the non-destructive detection, investigation, and resolution of water intrusions.  Our highly trained team of professionals has the knowledge and ability to perform a wide range of thermal imaging inspections by air or on the ground locally, regionally and nationwide and can handle any size project.

We are FAA Authorized Commercial Remote Drone Pilots with four DJI Inspire and Matrice aircraft specially equipped with high-resolution FLIR camera systems. The drones feature a Zenmuse XT 640×512 resolution radiometric infrared camera that is capable of producing high-resolution images and video.

The Difference a Drone Can Make

Aerial building façade inspections – Dangerous ladders and expensive scaffolding may be adequate for inspecting two- or three-story buildings but are not feasible for 50 story high rises. Aerial infrared thermography for evaluating exterior cladding systems has proven to be extremely beneficial. The BDG team can rapidly yet thoroughly evaluate a building’s exterior wall system for water intrusions that may have damaged the exterior sheathing and/or structural components.

Aerial infrared commercial roof inspections – BDG’s aerial roof inspections are the best method of detecting active roof leaks during due diligence of property acquisitions and are considerably faster and less expensive than traditional walk-over roof inspection methods. Our team can quickly evaluate millions of square feet without roof access or disruption of building occupants.

Aerial infrared tower and structure inspections – The use of small, easily maneuverable drones that can see virtually every angle of a structure without climbing it is a safe, efficient and cost-effective method of assessing visible deficiencies, documenting the condition of the existing coating, determining hardware failures, and assessing general overall conditions of water towers, cell towers, and other elevated structures.

Aerial infrared solar panel inspections – Aerial drone thermal imaging inspections are a game changer for evaluating solar panels. BDG can validate new installations and aging infrastructures and identify defective or damaged panels to help maintain maximum operational output, long service life, and high returns on investment.

Why Choose BDG?

  • Nationwide services
  • New installations and annual inspections
  • No job too large
  • 15+ years of experience in thermal imaging and reporting
  • 25+ years of residential and commercial construction experience
  • Cloud reporting platform
  • FAA-authorized for nighttime aerial operations with an approved Daylight Operation Waiver under 14 CFR § 107.29
  • We make the invisible visible

BDG has performed services on 300+ multi-family and commercial properties and inspected in excess of over 50 million square feet. Our services have identified significant hidden building defects that have cost from $2 to $5 million dollars in underlying structural repairs.

Let Building Diagnostics Group put our infrared drone building inspections to work for you anywhere in the United States. Get in touch with us at (888) 317-4568 to learn more about our invaluable services.