Building Diagnostics Group is an industry leader in UAV thermal inspections that can help you assess the structural integrity of a multi-family, commercial, industrial or institutional building during due diligence of your property acquisitions.
Building Diagnostics Group (BDG), founded in 2002, specializes in aerial infrared imaging and thermal inspection services. Our expertise in infrared building science and water intrusion diagnostics and testing enables us to identify the cause and origin of most building failures.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) or drones, enable us to efficiently inspect roofs, building enclosures, and other elevated structures under construction or in need of repair, all from the comfort and safety of the ground. The aerial data gathered is used for effective quality control, asset management, investigations, and project documentation.
The BDG team of FAA Authorized Commercial Remote Drone Pilots utilizes four commercial FLIR-equipped DJI Inspire and Matrice UAVs that are specially equipped with FLIR SYSTEMS’ Zenmuse XT 640×512 radiometric infrared camera systems and capable of producing high-resolution images and video. FLIR is the world leader in infrared technology.
BDG performs aerial thermal inspections for a wide range of applications that might otherwise require destructive contact, such as:
Aerial Drone Thermography Applications
Aerial IR thermography is the most cost-effective way to discover construction failures and to visually communicate them. Although rooted in military applications, it has evolved into one of the most valuable diagnostic tools for predictive maintenance and many other applications, a few of which are described below.
Commercial Roof Inspections
Aerial UAV thermal infrared commercial roof inspections are ideal for detecting active roof leaks and are significantly faster and less expensive than conventional roof inspections. Our team can quickly evaluate millions of square feet and provide visual images of water saturation without roof access or disruption of building occupants.
Solar Panel Inspections
Regular inspections of solar panels are important for efficient power generation, long service life, and high returns on investment. Traditional manual site inspections typically require a technician to search each panel for issues, requiring extensive time and resources. One drone flight can map the site quickly and with unparalleled accuracy. BDG performs aerial thermal solar panel inspections, from new installations to annual inspections.
Aerial Tower & Structure Inspections
Rather than climbing the tower, the use of small, easily maneuverable drones that can see virtually every angle of a structure is a safer, more efficient and cost-effective method of assessing visible deficiencies, documenting the condition of the existing coating, determining hardware failures, and providing general overall tower conditions. BDG provides high-resolution digital photography and aerial infrared tower and structure inspections to help maintain, build, or modify water tower structures, cell towers, and other elevated structures.
Building Energy Performance Surveys
Aerial infrared thermography inspections have become a powerful tool for evaluating heat loss in a large building. The data is used for effective quality control, asset management, investigations, and project documentation. BDG can perform a building energy survey that will identify heat loss and improper / inadequate insulation installation.
Learn more about Building Diagnostics Group’s nationwide UAV industrial inspection services. Call us at (888) 317-4568 or contact us online to discuss the details of your project.