Commercial Property Inspections
Drones Provide Safety and Consistency
With over 16 years of experience in real estate, property maintenance and management, we use enterprise drones that redefine commercial property inspections by:
- Prioritizing employee safety
- Streamlining inventory management
- Improving maintenance awareness and scheduling
Drones offer much safer procedures, providing visual data on the integrity of building facades, roofs, chimney stacks and towers – features that are hard to adequately inspect from the ground or even roof level.
Flying the same precise route each time for commercial property inspections allows property managers to compare results and observe deterioration, improvements and changes in structures, roadways and even landscaping over time.
Aerial inspection services for property maintenanance add better value, increased safety and more consistency to maintenance reporting. Take a look at our e-book for rental management companies ( or download it here ).
Progress / Inventory Tracking
This service also applies to municipal yards and construction sites where aerial maps and structure inspection photos give you a snapshot for inventory and insurance purposes in the event of flood, fire, vandalism, theft or earthquake.
Drone mapping flight route example for a 44 acre industrial site. This mission would be executed at 150′ and capture 1050 photos with a ‘ground sampling distance’ (resolution) of 1.25 cm per pixel.
Prices include all mapping flights with inspection photo sets, all image processing, and PDF report summary.
Book a mapping flight or free consultation online, or contact us below to discuss your requirements. We collect a 10% deposit to secure your flight, and add BC Ferry fees for Gulf Islands visits.
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Priority #1 is employee safety. A building manager on a ladder is a risky situation at best. We are Transport Canada certified, carry both UAV and general liability insurance and fly only enterprise-grade drones that excel at taking high-definition photos and video of all environments – even tree canopies.
For a comprehensive inspection across your portfolio, our pilots fly precise, repeatable routes to map roofs, facades and full property footprints, then photograph any areas of concern such as loose chimney mortar or cracked stucco.
On inspection day, the pilot will conduct a series of at least six flights to capture photos, as well as video footage if required:
- Automated Roof Mapping:
The automated flights take sets of photos that will be stitched together to form what are called orthomosaic maps – high resolution images that are virtually distortion free, meaning you can take reliable measurements of true horizontal surfaces. Maps of any roof, along with slope measurements that will also be taken during the flight, can be used to produce a roof inspection report detailing all angles, areas and distances – very useful information if a section needs to be repaired.
- Detail Photo Sets of All Roof Protrusions
These will show the state of flashing, gutters, chimneys, skylights, vents, etc. The flight route itself can be recorded by setting ‘waypoints’ so that it can be flown again on a subsequent inspection visit to highlight deterioration or show repairs.
- Building Facade Photo Sets
Similar to creating a roof map, each side of a building is photographed in detail, and the photos are combined to produce high-resolution panoramic images.
- Detail Photosets of Facade Points of Concern
Issues such as patches of stucco damage, loose flashing, fascia board and deck support rot can be photographed in detail.
- Automated Site Mapping
The complete site map can be used to measure horizontal features such as fence lengths, areas for landscaping design, widths of laneways, building footprints, etc.
- Detail Photo Sets of All Roof Protrusions
Any points of concern around the site and perimeter such as unsound fencing and retaining walls, landscaping and tree canopy problems, uneven laneways and parking stalls, etc., can be photographed from several angles to inform you, your contractors, the building owners and tenants, insurance agents, etc.
PLEASE NOTE: this service is not a legal survey and should not be used to represent real estate. Verify all measurements that are important to you!
You need consistent monitoring and custom reporting because different staff carrying out inspections can lead to inconsistencies, resulting in critical maintenance issues being overlooked.
Back at the office, we sort and process the photos and videos to create property and roof maps as well as inspection photo sets, then put together the final reports. The sample Roof Condition Report on this page is one part of the deliverable which we make available though an online delivery portal.
- Image Processing
The mapping flights typically produce dozens of photos which are overlapped in a software service to produce the final orthomosaic. There are two versions – a regular image as well as a KMZ file that opens directly in Google Earth Pro© (free cross-platform software), overlaying the base Google© satellite image with the high-definition map at the actual property location.You can then use Google Earth Pro© tools to measure and mark up the image. This is how you would, for example, measure a fence line, roof ridge line, check the width of a laneway, or the area of a lawn or pond.
- The Property Condition Report
The drone service provider will combine a map of the building roof along with roof pitch measurements to create a report that includes the lengths and areas of all roof slopes. The full roof report combines the photosets of all protrusions as well as close-up photos of any visible areas of concern. The site orthomosaic map, along with photosets of points of concern anywhere on the property or building facades, are brought together with the roof report to form the final set of print-ready PDF documents and photosets.
- A full PDF report with instructions on how to also open the orthomosaic property map in Google Earth Pro© (free desktop software).
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We provide commercial property inspections from Nanaimo to Victoria and the Saanich peninsula, including Cowichan Lake, Duncan, Ladysmith and Shawnigan Lake.