Michael P. McDermott

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  1. You may want to start with roofing contractors and general contractors to assist in the roof area take-offs for materials. There is also drone software specifically design for roof inspections and material take-offs. Building/property managers may also be a good client base. If you have access to a thermal camera with your drone, there are additional opportunities for roof inspections and identifying "areas of investigation" (legal term for anomalies denoted by temperature differences identified by a thermal camera). This is also useful for solar PV inspections, electrical transformers and distribution lines along with plant piping inspections. The best advice I've been given was to focus on one industry to build your business (i.e. real estate, landscape & wedding photography, building inspections, agriculture, etc.) versus trying to be "all things to all industries". Good to have knowledge and experience in all facets . . . but be an "expert" at one. Good luck!
  2. Drone roof survey image below (was having some issues uploading in previous post!)
  3. Hello Raymond: I have a small mechanical engineering firm and started added drone services to my scope of services about a year ago. It started small by just taking some aerial images of jobsites and roof equipment while doing site reviews for my own use. As I became more comfortable and proficient with the drones (Phantom 4 Pro and Matrice 210) and software (I use SkyeBrowse for quick model analysis and accurate dimension gathering and Pix4D Mapping) the other project consultants (architects, structural engineers, electrical engineers and civil engineers) started requested copies of my images and data. The clients are also impressed as it seems to add some additional credibility to my engineering services since most mechanical engineers are not using this technology in my area . . . yet. Now, this "side-service" to my business is starting to gain some momentum as my clients and other consultants are starting to request this service on other projects and provide new referrals. It's still a work in progress . . . but its a nice addition to my services and has not requiring a lot of active advertising. However, with a bit more time and experience I will start to actively advertise this portion of my business. BTW - check out Jay's website . . . he's got a great setup with lots of good images and videos! I've attached one of the images from a project file to show how I use this in my business.Falafel Corner Tenant Improvement_Roof Layout.pdf Cheers! Mike
  4. Thanks for the quick response Jay! I'll be sure to check out that SNAPSEED app. Cheers!
  5. Hey Jay - just checked-out your webstie and was very impressed with your gallery! Quick question . . . what is the typical time-ratio between capturing the images and any post processing work? I always try to "get it right" with the native image, but find some "adjustment" is usually required. Also, what software do you use? Cheers!
  6. How much are you asking for your ground station? I'm assuming it will work fine with a Matrice 210 v1 RTK?
  7. If you need to outsource some drone work, I am available to help out. I'm a licensed mechanical engineer with a Phantom 4 Pro and have a thermal imaging camera attachment (FLIR Vue Pro R 640). Being located near Sacramento, I work throughout the State (along with Nevada, Oregon and Idaho). Let me know if I can be of some help. Cheers!