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Drone Thermal Inspection Services

Bristol Drones provides a professional and high-quality drone thermal inspection service for clients from a variety of industries. We are based in Bristol but can provide drone services anywhere in the South West, including (but not limited to) Bath, Cirencester, and Swindon.

If you need a good drone thermal inspection service in Bristol or throughout the South West, Bristol Drones can help you. With years of combined experience and a wealth of drone knowledge, Bristol Drones will provide an efficient and high-quality drone thermal inspection service to suit you.

What Are Thermal Inspections?

Thermal inspections (sometimes called thermal imaging) check to see where heat is going within the inspected area or system. This is often worth doing because heat distribution can be very revealing — particularly in electronic systems where heat management is essential for functionality.

While it’s possible to use handheld thermographic cameras, it can be quite impractical, not to mention time-consuming.

But at Bristol Drones, we can help. With a drone-mounted camera, you can gather invaluable data quickly and efficiently, giving you the insight you need to make better decisions no matter what you’re trying to achieve.

How It Works

Our drone thermal inspection service is simple, straightforward, and high-quality. We’ll work closely with you to create a brief for your thermal inspection project from start to finish, ensuring you get the results you need, no matter how big or small your project.

Once we have completed the brief, Bristol Drones will then carry out a thermal inspection. A drone thermal inspection uses infrared sensors to visually represent how the heat moves and lingers in the specified area, with blue spots being the coolest and strong red spots being the hottest.

We then put together a thermal image of the entire property, helping you easily identify room for efficiency improvement.

Thermal imaging is great for finding flaws that you wouldn’t notice through normal footage, helping you address issues before they get worse, but it isn’t only used for matters of real estate.

Bristol Drones’ thermal inspection service is also used for various other purposes, including the following:

  • Solar Farm Inspections
  • Flat Roof water damage
  • Wall insulation Failures
  • Electrical Overloads
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Power Infrastructure Survey
  • Domestic PV Solar Survey
  • Water Pipeline Survey
  • Wind Farm Survey
  • Pipeline Inspection
  • Preserving wildlife by finding animals in areas due for harvesting
  • Aiding search and rescue efforts by highlighting people
  • Making firefighting efforts more efficient

No matter what kind of thermal imaging project you need completing, Bristol Drones will deliver professional and high-quality results every time.

When Are The Benefits Of Drone Thermal Inspections?

If you’re going to invest in a thermal inspection, why should you use Bristol Drones to do it instead of handing it on the ground level? The reasoning is quite simple:

  • Perfect aerial views: Not only might you generally benefit from an aerial view of the area (you might have only viewed it at ground level), but it’s also enormously easier to see heat distribution from that perspective — consider that it’s generally the view least obstructed by thick walls.
  • Large areas covered quickly and efficiently: Covering an area through taking photos or videos from the ground is an arduous process, and can easily be complicated by accessibility issues or awkward positioning. A drone can avoid all that difficulty, and map out a large area very rapidly.
  • Stable and unobstructed footage: Shaky footage is always significantly harder to analyze, and keeping footage from handheld cameras stable while panning up and down can be tricky. Drones can be extremely stable, producing clear, crisp and consistent results.
thermal image of roof
infrared drone image

When you use an established drone thermal imaging service, you don’t need to worry about getting the right equipment or handling it professionally. You just let the experts get to work, and reap the benefits when they’re done.

How Does Drone Thermography Work?

Every one of our thermal inspection drones is equipped with a camera that can gauge and display the distribution of heat using infrared radiation. The resulting images are coloured from blue to red, with the blue areas being the coolest and the red areas being the hottest.

In addition, our drones take standard footage, so you can see the temperature colours overlaid on what can be seen with the naked eye. The result is a rapidly-produced thermal layout of the area that allows you to immediately see what’s going on.

Why should you choose Bristol Drone Services?

We at Bristol Drones are certified and insured Drone Service providers using the latest and best drone technology, including the DJI Matrice 210, DJI Matrice 600, Mavic 2 Pro Inspire 2, and eBee SQ. Per the Civil Aviation Authority, we can carry out operations at any time of day (meaning we can work overnight).

Offering expertise and experience at affordable prices, we’ll happily put our operation up against any other on the market. Why deal with the expensive hassle of bringing in a service from elsewhere? Bristol Drones is a proudly-local operation, and we’re sure we can exceed your expectations.

Locations Served:

Bristol Drones is happy to operate anywhere throughout the entire South West, including:

  • Bristol
  • Bath
  • Cirencester
  • Swindon

If you aren’t sure whether Bristol Drones operates in the area you need, or you’d like us to visit a region outside of the South West, please get in touch using the contact information below.

Our Other Drone Services:

As well as professional drone thermal inspections, Bristol Drones also provides a variety of other drone services. These include:

  • Drone Inspection and Surveys
  • Drone Precision Agriculture
  • Drone Property Photography
  • Drone 3D Modelling & Visualisation
  • Drone Wedding Photography & Video
  • Drone Building & Roof Inspection
  • Drone Golf Course Photography
  • Drone Thermal Inspections
  • Drone 360 Panoramic Photography
  • Drone Construction Surveys
  • Drone Wind Turbine Inspections
  • Drone Bridge Inspections
  • Drone Surveying & Mapping
  • Drone Solar Panel Inspections

If you can’t find the information you need in the links above, or you have a query about another drone service, please get in touch using the contact information below.

Drone Thermal Inspection Regulation & Safety

Bristol Drones is fully certified by and compliant with all major drone authorities, including:

UK Civil Aviation Authority: the CAA is a government-sanctioned body responsible for the regulation of all civil aviation in the United Kingdom.

National Air Traffic Services: NATS is the primary Air Navigation Service Provider in the UK. It is responsible for the regulation of all air traffic control in the country.

Dronesafe: Dronesafe is an online resource administered by the CAA and NATS. It provides information on all aspects of drone safety, both to operators and members of the public.


What is a thermal drone?

A thermal drone is a normal drone equipped with special heat-detecting technology. It is capable of sensing and displaying any heat emitted from an object, from cars to walls.

Is thermal imaging with drones dangerous?

Thermal imaging is completely safe. Everything in the world emits infrared radiation via heat, and thermal imaging drones simply detect that heat.

How far can thermal drones see?

Thermal imaging drones can essentially detect as far as the eye can see. If you can see something with your eyes, our drones can see it too.

Can thermal drones see through walls?

Thermal imaging drones cannot see through walls. They only detect heat as it radiates off something, and consequently cannot see through the object.

Do thermal use cameras?

Thermal drones use a special kind of camera, known as vision imaging cameras. These are able to detect heat radiating from objects and display them for inspection purposes.

infrared image taken by bristoldrones