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Drones are revolutionising the way that industrial inspections are conducted, making day-to-day operations faster, safer and more cost-effective when compared to traditional inspection methods. However, as the adoption of drones and UAV technology continues to grow across all corners of the globe, there is still a certain hesitation among businesses of all sizes to embrace the potential and take those first steps to a brighter future. Certainly, when it comes to areas such as aerial inspections, there’s never been a better or easier time to get yourself airborne and learn to appreciate the many benefits that an aerial solution can bring.

We’re seeing more and more case studies showcasing vastly increased efficiency from using a drone solution over traditional methods. Severn Trent Water saved £750,000 in their first year after introducing a drone team to their operation. Project times are now counted in days rather than weeks, the amount and quality of data is increased, and smaller crews are required – although we should note that drones don’t need to replace people, they simply give those already employed a better tool to do the job (so those people not out in the field can be back in the office working through the results!).

What training do I need?

In order to be able to use a drone commercially, you will first need to obtain your permission for
commercial operations (PfCO), or hire a pilot who is qualified. This is a legal requirement in the UK, governed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and actively enforced by the police.

COPTRZ PfCO courses take place over 3-4 days, at one of our 10 training centres, spread across the UK. If you have a team of budding drone pilots, we can also arrange our training at your own facilities!

Severn Trent Water saved £750,000 using drones

Severn Trent Water were looking to improve their utility inspection processes by incorporating a drone fleet into the business. Coptrz helped introduce an internal drone team to the business which helped save £750,000 in their first year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is I don’t get any requests for inspections by drone?

It is part of any inspection project to scope out when a drone can be used to collect data instead of traditional methods such as rope access. You should be making recommendations that are safer, more efficient and save on costs.

Why should I not just get a drone pilot or sub contractor?

When using an external drone pilots or sub contractors you’re not in charge of the quality of your data. You can be more responsive when you are collecting the data yourself. Long term it’s also much more cost effective to bring your aerial drone solution in-house.

Are drones taking away the need for traditional inspection methods such as rope access?

The short answer is no, not at all. Using drones allows for efficient inspections at speed where you can acquire high quality data from dangerous environments. Once the initial inspection is conducted such as locating a fault on a wind turbine there will always be the need to send a worker to make the mechanical fix.

This sounds great, but surely it’s out of our budget?

We can provide drones and equipment at industry leading prices. We can also provide a full drone package, including all the training, hardware and software you’ll need for as little as £2,000!

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