Drone technology a “game-changer” for surveying sector

Elliott Garrett

AN Edinburgh-based consultancy has launched an in-house drone service following the recruitment of an aerial surveyor.

Paragon has appointed Elliott Garrett, who has nine years’ experience working for Formula One Management. In his previous role, he travelled the world planning Grands Prix infrastructure and conducting GPS surveys of racing circuits using Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), laser scanners and drones.

The new service sits within Paragon’s building consultancy department and is being used to produce condition reports on commercial and retail buildings. Drone surveying combines GPS-tagged photographs, 4k video and photogrammetry software to create 3D models, site mapping, fly-over videos and roof surveys.

Paragon director and head of the Edinburgh office, David Philip, said, “When it comes to surveying, the property industry is a dinosaur that still uses slow, archaic processes. Embracing drone technology will be to the benefit of surveyors, developers, property funds and contractors alike. We have collaborated closely with Elliott on a number of projects, so we know just how transformational, impressive and effective his approach is. Drone technology is a game-changer for surveying, so we are very pleased to be leading the way and collaborating with our clients to benefit their assets and create commercial advantage.”

Paragon said it also expects drone footage to be used by clients to create marketing videos and to be used instead of time-lapse cameras to give “accurate and real-time measurements” of sites.

Elliott Garrett said, “Having worked closely with Paragon, I know it is a business brimming with innovation and ambition. Everyone here is always looking for new and better ways to work together with clients to provide them with the best outcomes. The drone surveying service has got off to a great start, and I’m looking forward to expanding our reach and its applications with the support of my colleagues and our clients.”