Structure & Building Inspection With Drones - A Virtual Workshop Examining Drone Types, Costs & Benefits

Online /
Feb 27, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0202-ONL24

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 1 day on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am-5:30pm Eastern (includes usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Know the relevant standards and guidelines for building and structural condition assessments
  • Understand the access considerations involved in carrying out assessments of buildings and other structures
  • Know the availability of different types of drone hardware, and understand their capabilities and limitations
  • Integrate the data obtained from a drone review into a building and/or structural condition assessment


As structures and buildings age, those responsible must get involved with routine inspections and condition surveys. Individuals conducting condition surveys and other inspections often need help obtaining access to the building and structural elements that require assessment, which must be balanced against the available inspection budget. This course explains how drone technology can enhance inspection by combining professional assessment techniques with new drone technologies.

The course will discuss various types of drone hardware, their strengths and limitations, and how to incorporate data obtained into the overall assessment successfully.

Course Outline

  • Overview of Building and Structural Condition Assessments
  • Special Access Considerations
  • Types of Drone Reviews
  • Restrictions and Considerations
  • Performing a Drone Review
  • Case Study

Who Should Attend

Structural Engineers • Project Engineers and Managers • Consulting Engineers • Designers • Facility Supervisors and Managers • Building Services Managers • Technicians and Technologists • Capital Asset Personnel • Inspection Personnel • Architects

More Information

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Overview of Building and Structural Condition Assessments

  • Building condition assessments
  • Structural condition assessments
  • Standards (ASTM, NRC) & professional practice guidelines

Special Access Considerations

  • Special access for large structures (e.g., ladders, boom lifts, swing stages, drone review)
  • Advantages vs. disadvantages of each approach (cost, ease, speed, information gathered)

Types of Drone Reviews

  • Different types of drone hardware (size, capacity, flight time, etc.)
  • Drone capabilities (cameras, IR thermography, etc.)

Restrictions & Considerations

  • Licensing, regulations
  • Restrictions on "advanced" operations
  • Controlled airspace
  • Flight over by-standards / populated areas
  • Flight plan requirements

Performing a Drone Review

  • Preparation (regulatory, privacy considerations, etc.)
  • On-site teamwork between drone operator & assessor
  • Gathering information
  • Augmenting drone information with other tools & methods
  • Storing and analyzing information
  • Integrating drone review data into a final report

Performing a Drone Review (Continued)

Case Study

  • Case study of an inspection carried out by a licensed drone pilot
  • Transforming drone data into a condition survey report
  • Discussion of strengths and weaknesses of drone review


Martin Gerskup, B. Arch, OAA, MAIBC and MRAIC

Martin has over 35 years of experience and is the president of BEST Consultants Martin Gerskup Architect Inc. He specializes in the field of investigative architecture and building science with particular emphasis on the resolution of problems affecting the building envelope. Martin is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) and has served in various capacities on the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC) Board of Directors from 1991 to 1997.

He was president of OBEC from 1993 to 1994, a member of the council for the OAA from 2003 to 2005, and a member of the ULC Thermal Insulation Committee. During his tenure on the council at the OAA, Mr. Gerskup was Chair of the Discipline Committee while also serving on the following committees: Practice Committee, Registration Committee, Public Interest Review Committee, Communications Committee, and the University Liaison Task Group.

In addition to authoring and presenting many technical papers on the subject of building science, Mr. Gerskup taught as an assistant adjunct professor and tutor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design from 1999 to 2001 and at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Ryerson University in 2002.

Mitchell Gerskup, P.Eng., HBA

The Engineering Institute of Canada

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Fee & Credits

$695 + taxes

  • 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 7 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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