It's not just as easy as popping the drone up at a particular site. Prior to survey, various paperwork and checks are completed, in order to ensure that it is safe to fly. These checks include:
- Identifying air space
- Checking weather conditions (& most importantly wind speed)
- Checking for NOTAMs (A notice to Air-men)
- Identifying any potential obstructions
Mobile based Apps, have become evermore valuable in providing us with the most up to date information whilst at site, whilst ever evolving drone technology assists in ensuring we are operating as safely as possible.
All of our Drone Pilots are fully qualified and CAA Approved. We have a fleet of drones from DJI, in order to give us the flexibility to use the most suited aircraft, when at site.
Fancy joining our team as a drone pilot? Please get in touch.
One of our Drone Teams were up on Shetland last week. Having set off from home at 5 am on Tuesday morning and catching a flight from Aberdeen, the views that awaited them were certainly worth it.
We had a number of sites to survey throughout the island, before heading to the Outer Hebrides on the journey home. The weather was, for once, on our side and we had a successful trip.
The improved 4G service on Shetland allowed the surveyors to send over the photographs simultaneously, allowing our Admin Team to be drafting the reports, ready to be checked and sent ASAP. The improvements in connectivity throughout Scotland and beyond have allowed us to drastically reduce the time between survey and report submission.
Matthew joined Dales Surveying Ltd. in February, and has taken to his new role like a duck to water! The holder of a degree in Agricultural Land Management from Cirencester RAU, and with a variety of Land and Estate working experience, he is a valuble new asset to the team. Welcome Matthew, and here is to buidling a great career in the industry, and developing in your chosen field!
We hitched a trailer mast to Ballater, Aberdeenshire, last week in order to provide re-assurance to the client on a proposed Telecoms site within the Forestry.
A trailer mast can be useful in a number of scenarios including:
- Offering Local Planning Authorities re-assurance on a proposed Telecoms site.
- Proving line of sight between existing, as well as proposed, Telecoms sites.
- Obtaining aerial panoramic photographs in restricted areas where we are unable to fly a drone.
We're back in the office after a successful trip to All Energy 2018. Ben, Jess and Jenna attended this years event at Glasgow SEC.
It was great to chat to the various contacts within the renewable's sector and in turn get ideas as to how Dales Surveying can assist in the industry. The seminars in Energy Storage were particularly useful.
Last week we went along to the Apprenticeship open evening at Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale. It was great to chat to the enthusiastic bunch of aspiring individuals seeking an Apprenticeship, having completed their studies this summer.
We had lots of interest in the Apprentice Drone Pilot role - The role is a perfect opportunity for someone that likes to be out and about. Please give us a call, should you require any further information.
This week we've been all the way to St Ives in Cornwall.
In between taking pans, using the Phantom 4, we came across the Union Inn at Saltash. Unfortunately, we didn't have any time to spare in order to stop for a swift drink at such a British pub!
The thick blanket of snow, that has once again swept across the UK over the last few days, did not prevent us from getting to this Telecoms site in Aberdeenshire.
Equipped with Argocat, we travelled to the site with ease. Whilst at the site, we were able to take a critical line of sight shot, using a drone, to prove that a new site would link back to the existing site via a dish link.
Our Argocat is available to hire - learn more.
Yesterday we attended the CAAV New Electronic Communications Code briefing at Edinburgh. The 4.30 am start was certainly worth it, the briefing by Jeremy Moody and Kate Russell of the CAAV offering great depth into the new code and its implications to Telecoms agreements.
It was interesting to hear from Belinda Fawcett at CTIL on an operators stance to the new code, particularly how they hope to work collectively with landowners and their representatives to deliver 5G in the coming years. Furthermore, Ian Thornton-Kemsley, an independent consultant specialising in compulsory purchase, way-leaves and Telecommunications throughout the UK, offered his views on what landowners want from a new agreement.