This project took us to an industrial site in Sydney. The Client Engaged Aivia Group to assist with a roof inspection of the factory and Aivia Group coordinated with a local roof inspector ProjectXSolutions.
The factory was built in the 1950s and the condition of the roof was unknown. The roof lacked safety anchor points due to its age and the company would not allow anyone to physically get onto the roof to inspect it or install safety anchors until a qualitied engineer had inspected it and signed it off for access. The biggest operational risk for the client was that a lot of critical equipment is located on the roof and if it were to fail, no one would be authorized to get on the roof to fix it. There would potentially be hundreds of thousands of dollars lost per day. Aivia Groups ability to provide aerial mapping and inspection services was able to address this operational gridlock.
A key consideration with this site is that it was within 2km from Richmond RAAF Base in NSW and it was also within restricted airspace0 (R470). This means Aivia Group had to coordinate both with CASA for clearance to operate within 5.5km of a controlled aerodrome and with the RAAF base air traffic Control (ATC) for clearance to fly within the restricted airspace. Our Remote Operators Certificate (ReOC), insurances and extensive experience with these matters allowed us to successfully organise and conduct all commercial flight operations under these conditions without any hassle to the client.
Aivia Group used our expertise and equipment to capture high-quality aerial and terrestrial imagery and video. We then processed this raw data into various geospatial products. Both the raw imagery as well as the processed deliverables were distributed to the roof inspector that we collaborated with for this project to submit an inspection report to the client. If you would like more information about what each of these digital deliverables entail, then read our visual guide to geospatial and related data. The deliverables included:
These products provided the client with a comprehensive and true to life representation of the site and its surroundings, which can be used for various purposes, such as:
Outcome and Impact
By using drones for aerial mapping, roof inspection and reality modelling, Aivia Group was able to offer the client several benefits, such as: