Game of drones: ODS launches commercial drone services in Oxford

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(businesspress24) - September 10, 2018 - Oxford Direct Services (ODS), the service delivery and commercial arm of Oxford City Council, today announced that it is to start providing drone-based services to include roof and building surveying, land mapping, aerial photography and filming.

As far as is known, this is the first time a council owned organisation has brought drone services in-house and shows the innovative approach ODS is adopting to generate revenue since Oxford City Council created the wholly owned company in April 2018. All ODS

ODS is Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) licensed and approved to offer commercial services with qualified and insured pilots. ODS will operate fully in accordance with best practice and GDPR rules and regulations in relation to permission to fly, safety and the privacy of residents.

Initially, ODS will focus on surveying the roofs of 7,800 properties it maintains on behalf of Oxford City Council. The use of drones will save time, drive down costs and reduce the health and safety challenges typically encountered with this type of work. Commercial surveying, mapping, aerial photography and filming will be competitively priced consistent with each customer

Ben Strang, ODS'' project leader of drone services, explains, "I was a felt roofer for 15 years. If you''re working on low to high rise housing blocks to identify, for example, pest entry points or find roof leaks, putting up scaffolding is at best a very hit and miss process. You erect the scaffolding where you think the source of issue lies but guaranteed it''s not there and then you waste time and money moving the scaffolding tower. Using a drone resolves this and helps us pinpoint exactly where we need to work so that we can do first time fixes and enhance efficiency."

In addition, drones are a clean, environmentally friendly, relatively quiet and unobtrusive way of surveying compared to using scaffolding or motorised elevated platforms.


Ben Strang adds, "We''ll be very proactive with residents to safeguard their privacy. This means we"

ODS has invested in an off-the-shelf DJI Phantom 4 Advanced quadcopter drone which has excellent safety systems and is simple to fly using a remote controller with built-in screen. Offering up to 30 minutes flight time per battery, the DJI Phantom drone comes with dual-band satellite positioning [GPS and GLONASS], five vision sensors for obstacle detection and is equipped with a one inch 20 Mega Pixel camera capable of shooting 4K super HD video and stills.

All drone operators need the permission of the individual landowner to fly over their land. In the Oxford area, drone services can be delivered quickly as ODS is already authorised by the council to do this.

Simon Howick, Oxford Direct Services"Hiring a drone firm costs between GBP300-GBP1000 to survey a roof, with scaffolding also expensive and cumbersome. It made total sense to invest in the drone equipment, flight training and licensing and add this skillset to our portfolio. It''ll pay for itself within a year, we"

For enquiries about drone services, contact Oxford Direct Services on 01865 335400 or email externalmaintenance(at)oxfordds.co.uk



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Founded in 2012, Oxford Direct Services is now a social enterprise wholly owned by Oxford City Council. Employing over 700 staff, ODS serves Oxford City Council - its largest customer - providing services to residents and businesses to keep the city running day and night. In addition, ODS serves a large number of businesses, schools, universities and other organisations in and around Oxford. ODS provides a range of services in the following areas: recycling and waste management, highways and engineering, construction and motor transport along with pest control, landscaping and ground maintenance. All ODS’ profits are returned to Oxford City Council to help fund public services.

For further information, please visit www.oxforddirectservices.co.uk

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Date: 09/10/2018 - 08:12
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