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Drones are revolutionising the way in which surveyors gather data, making day-to-day operations faster, safer and more cost-effective when compared to traditional surveying methods. However, as the adoption of drones and UAV technology continues to blossom 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 surveying and inspections, there’s never been a better or easier time to get yourself airborne.

We’re seeing more and more case studies showcasing vastly increased efficiency from using a drone solution over traditional methods. 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!).

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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!

Innovair: Using the M210 for surveying & inspection

COPTRZ had the opportunity to speak to Andrew Johnston, Director of Inspection at Innovair. Andrew has over 10 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is a qualified UAV pilot. He specialises in advanced and remote inspection technology and programme & software development.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What if I don’t get any requests for surveys by drone?

As a surveyor it is your role to scope out when a drone should be used to complete a survey. The first question you should be asking yourself when a request comes in is ‘Can I use a drone for that?’. As a surveyor, you should be making recommendations that don’t compromise on data quality.

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

When using an external drone pilots or subcontractors 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.

But, what if I don’t do large topographic surveys?

Drones aren’t a one-stop shop used for large scale jobs they can be used for small to medium-sized survey applications too.

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

We can provide survey-grade 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 £6,000!

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