Fire Damaged Crop and Agricultural Surveys

Drones are being used more and more in agriculture crop health for their obvious benefits of easily deployable, area coverage and advanced data analytics, and more and more uses are being found to utilise drones in multiple industries. More recently Iprosurv has been deploying drones for our clients in response to crop fire damaged agricultural surveys and data analytics to measure the damage over 100s of acres of land in minutes, assisting loss adjusters bring a swift conclusions to claims for their clients.

The problem

On Tuesday 19th July , the UK’s hottest day on record, temperatures rose to 40.3°C and fierce fires broke out across the country.

Agricultural farmland burst into flames causing millions of pounds worth of damage, fires spread on the busiest day for the fire brigade since world war 2, leading to action from farmers to protect their land from the devastating fires.

Fires leapt across roads and fire breaks to continue its onslaught on the land not just wheat, barley and corn, but also fruit crops were affected as well as greenhouses and polytunnels.

Case example 1

A farmer had experienced approximately 100 acres of fire damaged crops including 12 acres of woodland.

The site was 100 acres of wheat that was ready to harvest, the farmer had started to harvest part of his land when the fire started and quickly spread towards a busy A road, the fire then crossed the a road and continued its divesting path into nearby woodland.

After many hours of creating fire breaks and moving earth with farm machinery, the fire was brought under control.

Now started the painstaking task of assessing the damage and dealing with loss of the crop.

Traditional methods

Traditional methods of measuring the damage can be costly and time consuming either driving around the damaged area or walking using a land measuring device, both methods can be inaccurate and rely on access as well as taking a long time to complete the survey.

Technology -led methods

Using technology led methods not only saves time, but access issues are overcome, measurement’s can be centimeter accurate and completed in a matter of minutes.

The case in question was flown by drone in around 9 minutes and delivered an Ortho-mosaic interactive map where damage could be accurately measured from the office or in the field, resulting from better more informed accurate decisions for the policy holder.

The drone can be programmed prior to or onsite to fly the affected area completing and an automated flight where all of the images are geo referenced for accuracy and then the whole set of images stitched together to form an Ortho-mosaic map with the ability to measure and make notes for reports.

All this leads to better customer experience at a time when they need swift and accurate decisions to get their business back to normal, for the surveyor or loss adjuster their is increased safety by not entering areas that could still be burning underneath and cause sever injury if caught.

More accurate data often quicker and cheaper than any other method online results instantly and interactive ortho within 24hrs, 24 – 48 hour deployment time.

Using this method the drone automatically controls the camera settings including angles and is able to take overlapped images to create one large images that can be analysed onsite or from desktop.

The data is also transferable to GIS software for accurate planning and volumetric calculations if required.

The results

The data was delivered to the client within 24 hours, from instruction, the data could be accurately measured by the loss adjuster saving time, cost, whilst reducing health and safety risks.


Cost saving on the this case were the reduction of personnel required on site to gather information, there was also the benefit of keeping personnel safe on site as well as delivering outstanding customer service at a time when your customer needs you most.


  • 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