tech drones with infrared thermography.
BERLIN - A few years ago, drones were barely heard of
except in the military and now they are quickly growing
in popularity and becoming a part of everyday business.
January, Interstate Roof Systems Consultants (IRSC)
began to utilize high-tech drones with infrared
in New Berlin is a roofing consulting firm that works on
commercial buildings and does assessments, roof
replacement design and water investigation as well as
testing. IRSC says it is the first local commercial
roofing consulting firm to utilize drone technology.
drones help us with our survey assessments and testing,
the drones are set up with infrared cameras,” said
Dave Velcheck, president of IRSC.
Velcheck joined IRSC in 2015, and became president in
has used the drone at many local commercial properties.
The technology allows inspection findings to be reported
to customers much faster.
IRSC roofing technicians Brian Barske and Richard Grages
have passed a rigorous FAA certification and secure
unmanned aircraft pilot’s licenses, a legal
requirement before using the drone for commercial
a test that you have to take for the FAA. Training
was online and you learn what you can and cannot do with
flight restrictions,” said Grages. “We had pilots
help us with longitude and latitude.”
explains how drone technology saves time and cost.
time it would take to walk the building takes a lot less
time with the drone technology. With a large building
sometimes it takes two to three days to do an infrared
scan. With a drone we can do it in one night,” he
asked about the future of drone technology Velcheck
said, “It will become the norm and more widely
accepted once the general public understands drones and
understands that this technology is extremely