The benefits of using a drone for building inspection

Using a drone for building inspection

A recent article in the Globe and Mail tells the story of Kirt Ejesiak, a resident of Iqaluit, Nunavut, in the Canadian north. Although he bought his drone to take real estate photographs, he soon discovered that he could make money by doing aerial inspections.

Proper building maintenance means doing regular, visual inspections of the exterior. The problem is that sometimes it can be difficult to see parts of the outside of the building, particularly if it is more than a few stories. Even a roof inspection on a one-storey home would be impossible without climbing up and taking a look. 




The sky's the limit: Construction and the future of drone tech

Drones in Construction

While drone photography and filming seems to have taken over the Internet, and drones continue to buzz through the news on a regular basis, the real potential of the drone has yet to be realized.
The international banking firm Goldman Sachs recently listed the eleven ways that drone tech will change the world, and the construction industry was number one. Cinematography, which we currently see as the biggest market for drone insurance, was listed at eleventh. That indicates how much change is about to occur – and how relatively untouched the construction industry currently is.




First 7-Eleven drone delivery included Slurpees, of course

Drone delivery

As Amazon continues to work towards drone deliveries, 7-Eleven has teamed up with tech startup Flirtey to make the first delivery of convenience store goods to a customer in Nevada.
 
While most are familiar with the convenience store chaint that boasts over 10,000 stores in North America, and nearly 60,000 worldwide.

Flirtey is a Nevada-based company that specializes in drone delivery.

Two deliveries took place on July 10. 

From the press release:




You can use your drone to cheat at Pokémon Go

Using drones to cheat at Pokemon Go

By now you've probably heard all you want to about the new phenomenon known as Pokemon Go, a devious ploy by Nintendo to get videogame users some fresh air and excercise
And of course it was only a matter of time before someone decided to have a little bit of fun by hacking the game -- and the excercise -- by duct taping their phone to their drone.




Canadian Drone Racing prepping for inaugural Championship tournament

Canadian Drone Racing League

Drone racers from across Canada will gather in Edmonton on July 30-31 at the Northlands EXPO Centre during this year’s K-Days Tech Life program for the inaugural Canadian Drone Racing Championship.
Racers can enter into as many as four classes to compete in thrilling first-person view (FPV) heat races, putting their skills to the test.




North Shore Rescue adds drone to toolkit

North Shore Rescue using drones

There’s a new member of the North Shore Rescue (NSR) team, but it’s smaller than their standard highly-trained team member.
As one of the busiest search and rescue organizations in the country, they can use the help. While the team of volunteers averages 80 to 90 calls per year, last year they responded to about 135 calls. This year it looks like they may get even more than that. To put those numbers into perspective, most of the other SAR teams in the area get fewer than 50 calls per year.
“The number of calls we go on forces us to get better and to develop tools,” explains Curtis Jone




Drone takes out hornet nests using insecticide

Drone used to remove an invasive species of hornet

Drone Spray Hornet V1

A particularly invasive species of hornet spreading around Europe may have met its match in Drone Volt's Drone Spray Hornet
 
The Asian Hornet is thought to have arrived in France by accident over a decade ago. Since then, it has spread quickly throughout most of the country and other regions in Europe. 
 
The species removes honeybees and other local pollinators, and aggressively defends its nests from percieved threats.
 
Drone Volt worked with a beekeeper to develop a drone equipped with a camera and a spray can, which takes the nests out without putting anyone in danger.




Fire-starting drone being tested for conservation purposes

Fire-starting drone

Aerial Fire Drone Passes Homestead Test

Drones are developing an increasingly complex relationship with fire.
 
Last summer, a drone user interrupted efforts to get a wildfire burning near Oliver in British Columbia under control.
 
More recently, drones have been deployed in an effort to determine the origin of the devastating wildfire that tore through Fort MacMurray in northern Alberta.
 
Now, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been working to develop a drone to ignite controlled burns from the air.




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