PCL/ED, a joint venture, worked with RH Precision Unmanned Inc. on the Centre Block Rehabilitation Project, Ottawa. As the Lead Conservation Manager for the project, I am interested in ways to integrate innovative technologies with traditional conservation processes. Visual masonry conservation surveys and condition assessments are typically carried out in person, requiring the provision of access for various heritage conservation specialists, which can result in a costly and time-consuming process.
RH Precision Unmanned worked with the heritage team at PCL/ED, a joint venture, and the Consultant to understand the level of detail required to be captured in a drone survey. We were able to provide an extremely high quality and high-resolution output which permitted our heritage specialists to complete most of the survey and condition assessment as a desktop exercise. In addition, the survey by drone permitted a targeted and efficient approach to tactile surveys required on site – instead of providing access for an entire building envelope, we were able to pinpoint the areas that actually needed physical in-person inspections; this service saved the project time and money.
I was hugely impressed with the knowledge and expertise brought to the site by RH Precision Unmanned INC., ranging from pre-flight planning, to flight operations and post processing. RH’s involvement was integral to the success of the heritage materials condition assessment process.
I am pleased with the work performed by RH Precision Unmanned INC. and would strongly recommend this company as the drone capture specialist for building envelope investigations.
— David Edgar, Lead Conservation Manager