Industrial & Environmental Applications

Drones or Remotely Piloted Aircraft are increasingly being used in industrial applications by construction companies, government agencies, insurance companies, surveying companies and architects. Here are some examples of how we can use drones to help you:

Project Documentation

It has never been easier to document the progress of a project.  A series of photographs taken weekly, monthly or bi-monthly instantly gives a clear overview of the progress being made on site. Specific areas of interest can then be targeted for closer, higher detail images; something which can be very difficult to achieve from a full sized aircraft.

As well as being used in technical discussions about a project, these same images are often then used in presentations and for marketing purposes. Aerial photographs are assets which are incredibly useful both during and long after a project has been completed.

Environmental Assessment

Whether it is for an environmental impact study or if it is to monitor how a sensitive environment is being changed, we can use our drones offer a low impact method of assessing these areas for you.


Why put human lives at risk when a drone can do the work? There is an inherent risk in dangling a human off the side of a building so they can inspect structure, cladding or paintwork. Roofs can be difficult to access and treacherous to negotiate. Minimize the risk by using aerial photographs. We can implement a comprehensive flight path to ensure every square centimetre of the structure is captured, if that is required. The images can be geo-referenced to facilitate the identification of problem areas.

Remote Aerial Photography is also an ideal way to assess the damage to an area which has been subject to flooding or fire when the area may still be unstable or unsafe for humans.

Surveying and 3D mapping

Easy access to aerial images has resulted in computer software which can transform simple 2 dimensional images into powerful 3D modelling tools.

By flying over an area in a grid pattern, taking photographs at regular intervals with sufficient overlap, and then entering them into software like Pix4D Mapper, we are able to produce a 3D model of the area. If we include a number of accurately surveyed ground control points into the model, it can be fully geo-referenced with incredible accuracy.

·         Construction companies can use this in conjunction with their traditional survey techniques to ensure they are building what they want, where they want it.

·         Architects can merge their CAD drawing of a building into the exact environment where it is proposed to be.

·         Mining operations can survey stock piles to determine their volumes very quickly and efficiently.

·         Marketing departments can use fly-through visualisations produced from the 3D models.

At Shoreside Aerial, Health and safety is a cornerstone of our business. We have the necessary procedures in place to ensure each task is done in the safest possible manner. We are fully CAA approved and as such have a high set of professional standards for operation on any site.

If we have not mentioned your application, please get in touch with your ideas and we will discuss what we can do for you.


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