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Enforce professionalism: drone effectiveness study showsFM sector is seeking better governance
Leading facilities managers, construction and energy companies are seeking better drone governance... So say the results of Sky Revolutions' first interrogation of the market.
The organisation's Drone Effectiveness Study was implemented to get a better understanding of what industry thinks of commercial drone services.
Touching on the recent government consultation (and potential new legislation), it throws sharp focus on pilot competency and mandatory drone registration, suggesting a desire for enforced sector professionalism.
"The market for commercial drone services has boomed in the last 12 months with an ever-growing number of drone operators offering specialist aerial surveying," says Sky's director Ben Gorham. "Aside from the clarity needed around regulation, early adopters - those that have understood the benefits for their sector - are now reaping the rewards."
And the rewards are great - when it comes to commercial drone services, the case for return on investment is obvious. Drones are faster, safer and more cost-effective than manual systems, and they can collect more data too.
From large scale capital projects and major infrastructure surveys to single turbine and building inspections - asset managers, project managers, and maintenance personnel in-the-know are having a field day with drones.
But with new market development comes that inevitable explosion in service providers - should buyers proceed with caution when it comes to employing drone operators? And are service providers clear how best to support those buyers?
Sky Revolutions decided to go straight to its markets and ask the question directly - what do they think of commercial drone inspections, and what do they need from a service provider? Respondents were asked for their views on a range of questions from their perceptions of drones, to the support they need to make clear decisions.
6th July 2017