Western UAS uses several different models of DJI drones to perform both thermal (using FLIR Infrared cameras) and color imaging. We provide services including thermal inspection of both commercial roofs and residential roofs, Power lines, Power line towers, Cell phone towers, wind generator towers and components, residential and commercial real estate. In addition, we can map golf courses and other land areas, do 3D imagery and volumetric assessments of quarries.
We have chosen 2 different models of DJI drones. The major workhorse is the Matrice M100. It is a very stable and well-proven platform which costs about 1/2 of the amount for the most current drones like the Matrice M210, but has a longer flight time because of dual batteries (we are getting up to 35 minutes with the FLIR thermal camera). The M100s I own use 2 operators, one to fly and one to operate the camera. The other drone is the DJI Inspire 1. This is another workhorse of the DJI line and carries either the X3 camera or the X5. Both are highly accurate and high-quality cameras.
I have been using drones for more than 5 years, starting with a Walkera and migrating through Phantoms to a Syndrones X8. I am a Certified Level I thermographer and constantly training on how to utilize drones. Next week I start a 40 hour training on how to interpret thermal imagery from roofs. I have had training on how to create orthomosaics and also use the X5 camera with its zoom lens functions. I did spend nearly 3 weeks in California on the PG&E inspection project where I learned the fine art of photographing power line structures.