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SUMO UAS (Drone) Thermographic Surveys...

Updated: Jan 31

Why commission a UAS Thermographic Survey?

Thermal imaging uses Infrared Thermography (IRT) to detect infrared radiation emitted by an object and translate the reading into heat. By determining temperature variations and anomalies across a surface, our SUMO thermographic surveyors can identify defects which may lead to decreased energy efficiency and structural vulnerabilities.

Thermographic surveys may identify…

  • Poor Insulation

  • Water Ingress

  • Air Leaks

  • Thermal Bridging

  • Cold Bridging

  • Solar Panel Defects

The Problem…

Traditional IRT using handheld thermal imaging cameras can generally only cover small areas at ground level or near to where the operator is positioned. As a result, acquiring thermal imaging from an elevated perspective, such as surveying roofs, can be difficult and complicated.

The Solution…

UAS-mounted thermal cameras offer quality, cost-effective, and safe solutions for thermographic surveys.

Thermal image of Pembroke Castle Keep

Above: Thermal image of Pembroke Castle Keep to investigate vulnerabilities in the roof which may indicate water ingress


UAS Thermographic Surveys for Buildings

Inaccessible or fragile roofs that present health and safety issues can be safely surveyed whilst mitigating the risks posed by traditional survey methods at a significantly lower cost. It is further recommended that a UAS thermographic survey is undertaken alongside a UAS visual condition survey to acquire the most detailed information available and provide a high-quality solution.

SUMO already use GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) to find cavities in buildings, but we can also conduct thermal imaging surveys by use of UAS (drone). This means that problematic areas for a GPR survey can also be easily assessed. Furthermore, larger areas can be covered in less time, allowing additional cost savings by selectively targeting the drone data and conducting a GPR survey in areas where more finite detail is required.

Unlike GPR, UAS thermal imaging is not constrained by poor access, inviting the opportunity to survey larger buildings and structures which may otherwise not be possible.

Thermal imaging of an apartment block

Above: Thermal imaging of an apartment block indicating heat loss around the vents and windows.


UAS Thermographic Surveys for Solar Panels

When solar panels malfunction, it can mean a loss of efficiency and reduced energy production. Thermal imaging can detect heat signatures that may be indicative of defective solar cells. From a small group of panels on residential houses to a large solar farm, a UAS thermographic survey offers the most rapid and cost-effective solution to identifying panel defects and mitigating energy loss, whilst ensuring your investment is functioning at its highest level.

Aerial photograph of a solar farm

Above: Aerial photograph of a solar farm, captured by UAS


Want to understand how we can help?

Please pick up the phone and speak to Adam Stanford, Director Geomatics/UAS Survey on:

01684 592266

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