Streamlining Building Condition Inspections: Avian Australia's UAV-Powered Efficiency


In this case study, we explore how Avian Australia, a pioneering inspection, surveying, and reality-capture company, partnered with Building Management to revolutionize building condition inspections and reporting. Avian Australia’s innovative approach addresses the challenges faced by Building Managers in assessing the condition of multi-story, high-rise buildings efficiently and cost-effectively.

Client Background

Building Managers are tasked with the crucial responsibility of assessing the condition of building facades regularly. This assessment is essential for maintenance, insurance, safety, and regulatory compliance. However, the process becomes particularly daunting for high-rise structures, often consuming significant time and resources. Avian Australia specializes in delivering efficient condition inspections in collaboration with the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry, making them the ideal partner for this complex task.

Problem Statement

Traditionally, building condition inspections involved workers suspended from the roof or employing Building Maintenance Units (BMUs) or rope access methods to closely examine the building facade. This approach was not only time-consuming and expensive but also led to confusing photographs that were difficult to reference to the building exterior.

Avian Australia’s Solution

Avian Australia introduced a groundbreaking solution by deploying professional-grade Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) equipped with range sensors and high-magnification zoom lenses. This innovative methodology enabled the inspection of the entire building, including all facades, from a safe distance within days. Avian Australia’s reporting process was meticulously structured and indexed, simplifying desktop analysis for more efficient and targeted results.



In a specific project example, Avian Australia was commissioned to provide an annual condition report for a high-rise residential building, as required by the client’s insurance obligations. Despite challenges arising from wind effects and interference with internal UAV systems due to neighboring structures, Avian Australia adapted swiftly. They mobilized a custom-built inspection platform with enhanced safety features and eliminated internal GPS and compass systems to ensure the safety of their operations.

Additionally, Avian Australia provided high-resolution vertical maps of each facade as reference images, simplifying defect identification and reporting.


The outcomes were remarkable:

✓ Avian Australia successfully captured the entire building and all facades within just two days, even overcoming challenging wind effects and interference issues.

✓ High-resolution vertical maps of each building facade were delivered to the client, providing a comprehensive view of the facade in a single image.

✓ A 3D model was provided to the client, offering a visually appealing and realistic representation of the building.

Choosing the right Facade Inspection Service

At Avian Australia, we offer a range of inspection services tailored to meet the specific needs of facilities and building management, architects and construction managers. When choosing the right package, consider the scope of your project, the level of detail required, and your budget. Contact us today to discuss your project and receive a customised quote. 

Avian Australia Commitment

Avian Australia’s innovative approach to building condition inspections and reporting sets a new industry standard. By harnessing cutting-edge technology and expertise, they have transformed a complex and labor-intensive process into an efficient, cost-effective, and safe solution. Building Managers and Facilities Management now have a reliable partner in Avian Australia, enabling them to meet their obligations and make informed decisions with ease.