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What Is Aerial Photography?

What Is Aerial Photography?

One of the services we offer at Sikes Surveying is aerial mapping. This service allows our customers a wealth of benefits from safety to combating insurance fraud. Here are a few of the benefits customers who choose this service are guaranteed to receive.

First and foremost is the safety of property owners and people working on the site. Ladders were the cause of 544 fatalities in 2012. There is always a danger associated with using ladders. Aerial data techniques do not completely eliminate the need for on-site inspections. They do, however, seriously diminish the amount of times a ladder is necessary on-site. Measuring dimensions of a steep roof using aerial photography data is just one of the ways that aerial mapping can keep yourself and employees off ladders and out of harm’s way.

Collecting aerial data as soon as a loss occurs at a site is often easily integrated with adjuster’s claims-estimating system. This means that claims will go through faster and with more accuracy than if you had not collected exterior aerial data.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NCIB) has estimated that they have a 10% fraud rate for property/casualty claims. Collecting aerial data prior to any structural damage caused by severe weather or suspicious claims makes spotting these frauds easier.

Aerial data compiled prior to major catastrophes also allows claims inspectors to start their work prior to entering potentially dangerous sites. Again, this contributes to both the safety of everyone involved and a more efficient claims process.

For more information on our aerial mapping services or to hear about our other land surveying options, contact Andrew Lonnie Sikes today!

Source: http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2014/12/09/4-ways-to-leverage-aerial-data-for-property-claims

Women in Land Surveying

Women in Land Surveying

Just last week the first book discussing women as land surveyors appeared on the shelves. It was written by a land surveyor who had been in the business for over 40 years now and she was adamant to tell her stories and the stories of other women in land surveying. It may not seem likeContinue Reading

The Importance of Civil Engineering Services in a Growing City

The Importance of Civil Engineering Services in a Growing City

Houston is a major American city that just won’t stop slowing down. Explosive growth in population and real estate has been experienced over the last decade and that has led to exciting times for business in this area. Andrew Lonnie Sikes Inc. has seen a great spike in the amount of activities that require theContinue Reading

Unmanned Drones in Aerial Mapping

Unmanned Drones in Aerial Mapping

Topcon positioning recently announced the development of two commercial drones, The Sirius Pro, and Sirius Basic, which will be ready for use in aerial mapping for a wide variety of sites, including construction zones, mines, and land surveying. Previously the use of mapping for Unmanned Aerial drones was restricted due to only propeller-based wings forContinue Reading

Diligence in Land Surveys

Diligence in Land Surveys

When you pay a professional to provide a service, you expect to receive some diligent work on behalf of that professional as a return on that investment. Here at Andrew Lonnie Sikes Inc., we want our customers to know that we’re devoted to performing the best job possible every time we’re contracted for fieldwork. ThisContinue Reading

Completed Civil Engineering Projects

Completed Civil Engineering Projects

You can hardly imagine the kind of work and energy that goes into planning a civil engineering project. The professional staff here at Andrew Lonnie Sikes Inc. has a great deal of experience working in large and small-scale community projects. We know what it takes to make sure that practical and innovative concepts get offContinue Reading

Civil Engineering for the Good of the People

Civil Engineering for the Good of the People

Civil Engineer, Staff Sgt. Cody Foreman, for the 509th in the Armed Forces, was presented with an award recently for his achievements and assistance to others. The award was provided by the USO, an organization that has put many people in the Armed Forces first, and it was given because of the work Foreman hasContinue Reading

Surveying for the Unknown

Surveying for the Unknown

The mainstream news has been filled with stories of hydrographic surveys recently. Readers may not realize that a major foreign news story that has developed over the past few months has completely hinged on bathymetric surveys similar to those completed by Andrew Lonnie Sikes Inc. Half a world away, news outlets have been focused onContinue Reading

Hydrographic Surveying

Hydrographic Surveying

Just in case anyone was wondering, Hydrographic surveying is not for the faint-of-stomach. It is also something that is often over-looked when it comes to construction and engineering on the waterfront, at least by the average person. And that’s a terrible thing to see, because if more people even knew about hydrographic surveying they wouldContinue Reading

Consider the Societal Impact of Civil Engineering

Consider the Societal Impact of Civil Engineering

It has been said that civil engineering has done more for the health and welfare of society than all of the doctors. Civil engineering, as a field of study, is a major impact on the creation of safe water, effective sewerage treatment, safe highways, efficient storm water management and socially satisfying urban environments. Our societyContinue Reading