Drones Assist After Village Fire

With the fires having only been extinguished a few days earlier the environment was extremely dangerous still, with a number of buildings completely burnt out and barely standing. Access to the village and movement around it was restricted due to the conditions and the post-incident operation that was underway.

Gaining access to the buildings to carry out traditional surveys for insurance loss purposes was not possible due to the obvious risks of collapse. In order to allow the people of Wennington to begin to rebuild their lives it was clear there was a need to provide information to allow for assessments of the damage to be made quickly using digital media only.

Traditional methods

Using traditional methods would involve loss adjusters, insurers, and other stakeholders arriving on site with very little information and assessing the damage, speaking to affected parties and assessing damage, all this when, in such extreme cases, affected people are trying to seek alternative accommodation, and basically trying their best to carry on.

Assessing the damage to each property and attempting to triage needs such as alternative accommodation can be challenging on such a large scale.

There are also inherent problems and risks with access, often in such cases access is very limited due to emergency services on site.

Once emergency services have left there are still problems with access to site due to unsafe structures and other associated risks and challenges.

Technology-led methods

Deployment of drones is quick, cost effective and reduces the immediate health and safety risks on site.

Using drones to fly a pre-programmed semi-autonomous flight plan the drone is able to gather data from every angle, using specialist software the data is able to be transformed into an interactive model which can be analysed and investigated on site or from desktop.

Initial reports can be formulated and distributed, the data set can also be shared with multiple stakeholders such as, structural engineers, forensics, fire investigation, contractors to plan access and scope of works…and many more.

This data set is then a permanent record and can be investigated at later dates to assess progress of building works and re visiting for claims clarification.

The results

Using a fleet of drones, including the new DJI M30T, Iprosurv were instructed to attend site only a week after the fires had been extinguished in order to survey and capture the devastation in Wennington for the purposes of loss adjustment.

Images were taken of the damaged buildings and mapping of the village was completed to allow for a holistic view of the environment and to show how widespread the devastation was. Only two hours were required on site to allow for the capture of enhanced visual data. This in turn provided insights which facilitated immediate claims progressions and decision making within days of the visit.


  • Quicker to deploy than traditional methods (Usually 24hrs)
  • Advanced data collection (3D modelling)
  • Cost saving (normally 75% cheaper than traditional methods)
  • Reduction in health and safety issues
  • One data set multiple uses
  • One data set shared with multiple stakeholders
  • Simple and repeatable
  • Reduced business carbon footprint
  • Enhanced decision making

Drones in your business

Introducing drone technology into your workflow can have many benefits, whether you want a complete outsourced solution and letting Iprosurv manage the operation from our own drone pilot network.

Or if you prefer to train your existing workforce to use drones in their everyday operations and take some or all of the work in-house, Iprosurv are here to help you identify use cases, quick gains, cost cutting, business gaps that drones can fill immediately, training, compliance and continued support.

We have helped over 100 businesses introduce drones into their workflow.

The turnkey solution

Employing drone technology into your own workflow could not be easier.

Iprosurv deliver a full end to end service:

  • Business gap analysis
  • Consultation
  • Training
  • Compliance
  • Continual development
  • Continuing support