Commercial drone operators face a variety of difficulties in big cities like New York. Drone businesses, government representatives, and members of the public all have an interest in making sure that drone operations are secure when carried out in urban areas. Currently, while it contemplates a bill that would allow uncrewed aerial systems to be used by the construction industry to assist the Department of Buildings (DOB) conduct façade inspections.to help the Department of Buildings (DOB) conduct façade inspections. The bill’s supporters assert that it would significantly increase value while also enhancing overall operations and safety.
Commercial UAV News met with Edward Kostakis, CEO of AeroSpect, to learn more about the proposed law and the difficulties drone operators encounter while operating in crowded urban areas. AeroSpect, a company that uses drones to inspect façades, has grown to offer a variety of services, including solar panel inspection, ground and roof top surveying, construction progress, LIDAR scanning, volumetric (stockpile) measurements, thermography, 3-D accident reconstruction, crane inspections, and cell tower inspection.
Kostakis covered the condition of drone-based inspection in New York City as well as potential developments
- Commercial UAV News: Describe the proposed legislation for New York City’s façade inspections. What is now prohibited for drone companies that the law would permit?
- Kostakis: The law that is being considered would enable building owners, surveyors, engineers, and architects to benefit from technology that has been available for more than ten years. This legislation would make it possible to use drone technology for building inspections. In a small fraction of the time and cost compared to employing more conventional techniques, drones would deliver high-resolution photographs while covering 100% of a building’s façade. These conventional techniques entail the delivery, erecting, and dismantling of scaffolding, which may remain in place for months or even years while waiting for the building’s façade to get the required repairs.
- Commercial UAV News: What will commercial drone operations in New York—and other cities—look like if the bill is passed?
- Kostakis: Drones helping with façade inspections in crowded metropolitan situations have a very bright future, and it might be here sooner than you think. There is so much to anticipate. Drones are becoming safer, more portable, lighter, and better equipped for data collection every day. Once the legislation is changed, I think the DOB will need to revise some of its provisions to account for all the capabilities that drones can offer. The majority of the structures in this metropolis that were constructed around the same time are now beginning to deteriorate in dangerously high quantities.