Drone mapping services can accelerate projects and save a lot of money – but first, you need to pick out the right company. Thousands of brands promoting “drone inspection services” have sprung up over the last few years and they’re not all created equal!
Here’s how to choose:
1. Make Sure You’re Getting High Resolution Aerial Imagery
Before you start vetting a company, you can ask for evidence they’re producing truly high resolution aerial imagery. Today’s top drones can clearly photograph a tiny part number on a piece of equipment and generate 3D reality maps accurate to less than an inch. Get samples!
2. Verify Credentials
Commercial drone operators need to be certified with the Federal Aviation Administration and familiar with a wide range of rules. They should also be fully insured – if your vendor flies a drone into a cliff during drone mapping services, the cost should be on them!
3. Find Out About Recent Clients
Not all drone inspection services are right for all industries. Some companies focus on utilities, others on construction, still others on insurance. Evidence of recent, highly visible projects for clients like you is a good sign you’re on the right track with a potential partner.
4. Check Online Reviews and Testimonials
Although online reviews can sometimes be manipulated, they’re a good place to start. If a company has any negative feedback, check to see if they followed up and resolved the issue. Ask the team to provide you with contact info for a recent client who can discuss their work.
5. Visit the Website
A professional-looking website with plenty of useful information on it goes to show a company is really serious about everything that leads to success. An amateurish, one-page site usually means you’re dealing with a drone hobbyist.
6. Discuss Your Situation
A phone interview discussing your project and goals is one of the final steps. Many of the best drone service operators will be able to provide you with detailed written information including a timeline and cost estimate for your project.
7. Ask for Safety and Operational Manuals
Does your drone provider use Job Hazard Assessments? Site specific safety plan? Ask your provider for these things to see if they are the real deal or “weekend warriors”
For more information, contact Eye-bot Aerial Solutions today.