3 reasons why you should commission a drone survey: landlords and estate managers

Iain Tubby of CADS
Survey Insight by Iain Tubby Survey Services Manager 06/06/2023

As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of survey solutions, we’ve taken a look at the applications of drone surveys for you as a landlord or estate manager – and the top three reasons you should commission one for your next project!


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Drone surveys - An efficient method of data collection

As a landlord or estate manager, you manage the upkeep and maintenance of your properties. This can be a daunting task, especially if you have a large portfolio of assets.

Drone surveys can be a valuable tool for you as they provide a comprehensive overview of your properties – without the need for scaffolding or other expensive methods of accessing your land or property.

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What is a drone survey?

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – most commonly referred to as drones – are becoming more popular in the surveying industry!

They use a LiDAR (light detection and ranging) scanner and attached sensors to collect dimensionally precise aerial point cloud data, while capturing pictures of the ground below to provide an exact representation of the area.

Drone surveys are incredibly valuable for many projects as a quick way to obtain accurate data of both accessible and inaccessible areas without causing too much disruption – and they’re cost effective too!

With a wide range of both 2D and 3D deliverables which can be produced from the data, drone surveys are extremely versatile for a range of needs.

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Types of drone surveys for landlords and estate managers

There are a number of different drone surveys which can be undertaken for landlords and estate managers. Some of the most common types include:

  • Condition surveys – used to asses the state of a property, including the roof, gutters, chimneys and exterior walls
  • 3D modelling surveys – used to create a measurable digital twin of a property. This can be helpful for planning any repairs and maintenance, or for marketing
  • Thermal imaging surveys – used to identify areas of heat loss or water ingress
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Top three reasons for landlords and estate managers to commission a drone survey

Drone surveys offer a number of benefits which make them a valuable tool for a variety of purposes. Here’s three reasons why we think you should commission one:


The accurate data from the drone survey can be used to inform RIBA Stage 6 – Handover, Stage 7 – Use, and Post-Occupancy Evaluations (POE).

This means that you can utilise them to assess the progress of a construction, identify potential problems and review the condition of a building after it’s been completed.


They can be used to quickly and efficiently collect data from large areas including brownfield and greenfield sites. This can be done without the use of scaffolding or other access methods – which saves you time and money!


UAV surveys reduce the disruption to your tenants, employees, pedestrians, commercial customers and traffic.

Drone surveys are great for a wide variety of uses in your industry and no matter what you commission them for, they offer extremely useful data.

This can be in the form of imagery, video, or point cloud data, or a range of other deliverables – whichever suits your needs best!

Get expert drone survey support from CADS

Accurate surveys are invaluable for planning your operations in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

Here at CADS, our aerial drone survey team work alongside your building project team to bring you accurate and reliable data.

With over 35 years’ experience, our expert team of surveyors have conducted efficient and effective surveys for a diverse selection of clients in variety of sectors.

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