Drone Thermal Imaging
Vertex Air hold full CAA Permission for Commercial Operations, and only use market-leading German UAV technology and the most advanced FLIR Thermographic inspection cameras to undertake cutting edge survey and inspection services.
Thermal Imaging uses infrared camera technology to detect differences in surface temperatures. Traditionally, thermal imagery uses handheld thermal imaging cameras for a variety of different uses, and covering large areas is accordingly costly and time-consuming.
Vertex Air utilise the best in UAV mounted infrared camera technology to deliver quality thermographic surveys, quickly, cost-effectively and safely.
SUB-Surface Water Leaks
Water suppliers across England and Wales have seen great increases in the amount of water leakage across their networks. In 2013, an average of 3,113 megalitres of water per day was estimated to have been lost (that’s over 1 TRILLION litres per year).
Vertex Air have successfully undertaken projects with water suppliers to undertake subsurface water leak surveys using our UAV mounted thermal imaging camera. On cold mornings (0C-2C) any escaped water (10C-12C) is clear on the thermal image. The benefits of using a UAV mounted thermal imaging camera is that it allows survey of large areas in a short space of time and with access typically difficult or inaccessible areas such as rural land.
The same UAV mounted thermal imaging technology can also be used to detect subsurface steam leaks from district heating networks.
Thermal Building Inspection
Infrared Thermography is also used to evaluate the condition of building envelopes. With the support of our ITC qualified thermographers’ analysis of exhibited temperature differentials, Vertex’s UAV accurately detect moisture entrapment, delamination, water ingress points and concealed defects – enabling works to be planned and managed with much greater certainty.
UAV thermal imaging technology can be used to enhance BREEAM grade advanced building inspections. Typically, thermal building inspectors have trouble obtaining quality thermographic information about the roof and upper levels of facades on building envelopes due to access on and around a site.
Thermal imaging of commercial and domestic buildings can help identify inadequate, damaged or missing insulation, and air leaks and moisture intrusion