Drone Thermal Imaging
Drone Thermal Imaging

Utilizing a drone for aerial thermal imaging enables Building Diagnostics Group to thoroughly inspect building facades, roofs, solar panels, cell phone towers, water towers, wind turbines, power lines, and many other objects while maintaining a safe distance from the target.

Building Diagnostics Group (BDG) is a multifaceted consulting firm that specializes in the non-destructive detection, investigation, and resolution of water intrusions on multi-family, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings throughout the nation. Our expertise in infrared building science and water testing procedures enables us to identify the cause and origin of most building failures.

Commercial drone UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) can assist in many applications, such as building inspections, roofing inspections and building moisture investigations. Our FLIR equipped DJI Inspire and Matrice drones feature a Zenmuse XT 640×512 resolution radiometric infrared camera that produces high-resolution images and video.

Our Aerial Inspection Services

BDG’s aerial thermal inspections are ideal during due diligence of commercial or multi-family property acquisitions because we can detect issues such as damaged or missing insulation, poor mechanical or structural design, and deteriorated or damaged facades, pinpointing the exact locations of energy loss or material failures.

We offer a wide range of aerial thermal inspection services, including (but not limited to):

Aerial Infrared Roof Inspections: This service is performed just after sunset and works on the principle that wet areas on a roof retain heat longer than dry areas. As the roof’s surface cools after sunset, temperature differences can be easily detected using UAV aerial thermal imaging. In a typical due diligence/acquisition project, BDG finds moisture defects that allow clients to negotiate repairs or retain credits before closing, saving them hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs.

Aerial Solar Panel Inspections: Regular inspections are important for efficient power generation, long service life, and high returns on investment. Performing aerial drone thermal inspections starting with new installation and followed by annual inspections will help extend the solar panels’ lifetime. BDG’s inspections are performed under normal operating conditions and do not require a shutdown.

Aerial Tower & Structure Inspections: BDG provides high-resolution digital photography and inspections to help maintain, build, or modify water tower structures, cell phone towers, wind turbines, and other elevated structures that are difficult or impossible to reach on foot. Complete documentation includes noting visible deficiencies, documenting the condition of the existing coating, determining hardware failures, and providing general overall tower conditions.

Aerial Construction Site Monitoring: This service is designed to collect site data at predetermined intervals or during specific project milestones for analysis by construction managers and owners using a variety of tools, such as photorealistic 3D models, surface and volume measurements, BIM comparisons and timeline data.

Once our on-site investigation is completed, BDG will review and analyze the data and digital images we collected and compile an in-depth project report that details the problems and faults encountered, along with visual documentation of the property, including digital photographs. We also provide the technical details that your vendors will need to fix the problems.

If you have a need for drone thermal imaging inspection services, Building Diagnostics Group can help. Please call us at (888) 317-4568 or contact us online, and we will be glad to assess your needs.