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Innovations in technology are positively impacting the surveying industry. Between on-site mapping to technology that can predict the results of a TDD survey, the industry wouldn’t be where it is today without this positive influence.

It is improving our day-to-day surveying practises on site. For example, our Partner for Surveying Innovation, Tom Willcock, was on-site conducting a standard roof survey for a client, when he found he could not physically survey the building – the client did not have the correct cherry-picker crane in place to take Tom up to roof level to carry out the work.

Just a few years ago, this would have been enough to halt the assessment entirely. However, Tom was prepared with the latest technology: he had a drone. Undaunted, Tom utilised the drone he had with him and conducted a thorough assessment of the roof the very same day without ever needing to leave the ground; not only saving himself time, but the client money in the process.

As the world battles Coronavirus, digital solutions are more important now than ever. Drones have allowed our team to continue to survey buildings remotely and keep projects on track. The high-resolution cameras attached to the drones capture incredible detail. We use this detail to build 3-D models of the buildings, capturing information and conducting virtual tours.

Just as Tom’s drone saved the client money, drones and other types of technology have the potential to improve not only the way we physically survey sites, but our ability to gather and collate data, improving our knowledge and understanding of data usage and efficacy.

In the not-so-distant future, it is possible that we’ll be using drones to capture data on all site visits.

The future is technology, and at Hollis, staying at the forefront of change is our priority.