Safe // Reliable // Unobtrusive

Professional
drone services

Contact us now to provide your construction and survey project with reliable high quality aerial data and imagery.

Drone Services //

Professional
drone services

HexCam has been providing high quality professional drone services including topographic survey, mapping, inspection, aerial photography and filming to the UK’s renewable energy, construction and property sectors since May 2012.

We offer safe, reliable and unobtrusive aerial imaging and data collection at all project stages from site assessment through to construction, operation and maintenance.

Our drones can fly
further, higher and closer than many others

We’re one of the UK’s most experienced and knowledgeable commercial drone operators and are proud of our zero-accident record. Through our sister company, Global Drone Training, we have access to the latest (and often rapidly evolving) Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) operational guidance and regulations.

Our CAA permissions allow us to survey, map and film large areas and long distances such as cable corridors with minimal access needed on the ground and minimal downtime between flights. That means rapid data capture, reduced interactions with landowners and minimal physical impact on environmentally-sensitive areas. Our reduced separations also allow us to work in complex and congested environments.

Our track record of safe operations was a key factor in the CAA approving our Operating Safety Case (OSC) which now allows us to fly:

Up to 2,500m away from a pilot with assistance from visual observers.

Up to 850m away from a pilot unassisted.

Up to 1000ft Above Ground Level with appropriate NOTAMs in place.

As close as 10m from Uninvolved People.

Down to 25m horizontally from assemblies of people.

Directly over Uninvolved People.

Monitor progress on your construction projects with rapid aerial data collection and simple visualisation

TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY AND MAPPING SPECIALISTS

Drone Services //

Drone surveys, inspections, mapping and more

We specialise in topographic surveys and mapping, asset condition surveys, construction progress monitoring and the generation of 3D digital twin models for desktop inspection of assets and infrastructure.

We have visual, LiDAR, thermal and multi-spectral payloads at our disposal and are always happy to carry other sensors and work with other data. We’re innovative and agile and never shy away from a good challenge but know our own limitations and frequently pull together collaborative teams of trusted experts to help deliver our projects.

Services

Surveys & Mapping

Asset Inspection

Construction Monitoring

Thermography

Creative Filming & Photography

Surveys & Mapping

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Case studies

Nottingham DHN 2019 Teraplan View
Thermography

Nottingham District Heating Network (DHN) Citywide Thermographic Survey, Mapping & Reporting

Two night citywide aerial thermal survey, mapping and anomaly reporting for Nottingham’s District Heating Network (DHN) comprising 60km of buried insulated pipeworks and covering an area of 290 hectares.

NOWZ Example LiDAR with Topographical Section
Survey and Mapping

60km Cable Corridor LiDAR Topographic Survey

Aerial LiDAR topographic survey of the entire 60km construction corridor for the Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone (NOWZ) projects: Vanguard West, Vanguard East and Boreas.

NOWZ Corridor Photogrammetry Topo in Potree
Construction Monitoring, Survey and Mapping

60km Corridor Fly-Through and Topographic Survey

Full video fly-through of the 60km long cable corridor between Necton and Happisburgh together with a photogrammetry-based topographic survey of the entire construction corridor for the Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone (NOWZ) projects: Vanguard West, Vanguard East and Boreas.

Image of Happisburgh Lighthouse with footage captured by drone
Survey and Mapping

Happisburgh Intertidal, Beach & Cliff Erosion Monitoring

Quarterly drone surveys of 1.5km of the North Norfolk coastline between Happisburgh beach car park and Cart Gap. The surveys used photogrammetry techniques to provide reliable height data for use by the project design team to assess beach levels and coastal erosion rates at the export cable...
Monitoring construction site at The Winerack in Ipswich using drone
Construction Monitoring

The Winerack, Ipswich – Construction Monitoring

Repeated drone flights capturing video and stills of construction progress and completion for The Winerack apartments in Ipswich.

Drone Deploy showing project drawing overlays
Construction Monitoring

60km Cable Corridor Construction Monitoring

Monthly detailed aerial mapping for construction monitoring of the 60km cable corridor and mobilisation areas for the Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone (NOWZ) projects: Vanguard West, Vanguard East and Boreas.

Tunnel and Shaft Model Twinspect
Asset Inspection

360 Degree Inspection Video & 3D Digital Twin Modelling of ‘Summit Tunnel’ Vent Shaft

Detailed 360 degree inspection video, imagery and digital twin 3D modelling of a 90m tall 6m diameter ventilation shaft in the Summit Tunnel.

Twinspect image created using drone used by surveyors in building inspection
Asset Inspection

3D Digital Twin – Roof Inspection of ‘The Narrow’

Detailed aerial inspection and generation of a Digital Twin 3D model of Gordon Ramsey’s ‘The Narrow’ restaurant, allowing safe remote inspection, focussed access planning and detailed condition reporting.

Happy clients

Always Works Diligently With Our Site Teams

We've been using HexCam since 2018 to provide aerial video and photography on a wide range of construction projects to help communicate progress and to record key project milestones. HexCam always works diligently with our site teams to ensure that flights are carried out safely and with minimal disruption to our onsite operations. The HexCam team use their technical and creative skill to reliably provide images and video footage that capture our projects beautifully.
Lorna Cousins
R G Carter Group Communications Manager

Always Works Diligently With Our Site Teams

We've been using HexCam since 2018 to provide aerial video and photography on a wide range of construction projects to help communicate progress and to record key project milestones. HexCam always works diligently with our site teams to ensure that flights are carried out safely and with minimal disruption to our onsite operations. The HexCam team use their technical and creative skill to reliably provide images and video footage that capture our projects beautifully.
Always Works Diligently With Our Site Teams
Lorna Cousins
R G Carter Group Communications Manager

Professional, capable and responsive

The HexCam team have shown the utmost in professionalism, capability and responsiveness; providing the services in a safe and controlled manner with detailed risk assessments and method statements, complimented by proactive communication regarding the works both in the pre-mobilisation and on-site phases.
Andy Hardcastle
Vattenfall Norfolk Zone Onshore Cable Installation Package Manager

Professional, capable and responsive

The HexCam team have shown the utmost in professionalism, capability and responsiveness; providing the services in a safe and controlled manner with detailed risk assessments and method statements, complimented by proactive communication regarding the works both in the pre-mobilisation and on-site phases.
Professional, capable and responsive
Andy Hardcastle
Vattenfall Norfolk Zone Onshore Cable Installation Package Manager

I would recommend them to other projects

HexCam provided a professional service of drone video capture of the 37km East Anglia One cable route. The deliverables were provided in a well-produced format and on time. I would recommend them to other projects.
Sam Parmenter
Roadbridge EAOne Project Manager

I would recommend them to other projects

HexCam provided a professional service of drone video capture of the 37km East Anglia One cable route. The deliverables were provided in a well-produced format and on time. I would recommend them to other projects.
I would recommend them to other projects
Sam Parmenter
Roadbridge EAOne Project Manager

New solutions

Using the drone solution that HexCam developed enabled us to inspect this structure without having to send rope access technicians into a dangerous environment. We’re hoping that this will change the way we routinely examine these sorts of assets; not only does it stop putting staff into a dangerous environment, but it allows us to present a far richer dataset to the asset engineers who manage the maintenance of these structures.
Jonathan Jones
Examining Engineer/ Project Manager, XEIAD

New solutions

Using the drone solution that HexCam developed enabled us to inspect this structure without having to send rope access technicians into a dangerous environment. We’re hoping that this will change the way we routinely examine these sorts of assets; not only does it stop putting staff into a dangerous environment, but it allows us to present a far richer dataset to the asset engineers who manage the maintenance of these structures.
New solutions
Jonathan Jones
Examining Engineer/ Project Manager, XEIAD

Improving our delivery to the end client

We use HexCam because they work closely with us to understand our needs and ensure survey specifications are optimised to our data requirements. HexCam’s most recent LiDAR acquisition for EPG was of sufficient quality that our geomorphologist (Dr Andy Mills) and I could easily discriminate fluvial and archaeological features within the landscape, improving our delivery to the end client.
Dr Sarah Taigel
Geospatial Lead, East Point Geo

Improving our delivery to the end client

We use HexCam because they work closely with us to understand our needs and ensure survey specifications are optimised to our data requirements. HexCam’s most recent LiDAR acquisition for EPG was of sufficient quality that our geomorphologist (Dr Andy Mills) and I could easily discriminate fluvial and archaeological features within the landscape, improving our delivery to the end client.
Improving our delivery to the end client
Dr Sarah Taigel
Geospatial Lead, East Point Geo

Very helpful and accommodating

HexCam were very helpful and accommodating in tailoring a package to suit our needs and resources. The quality of the LiDAR data has been amazing and has really helped us in our understanding of the Cerne Abbey site and the surrounding area. It has revealed the likelihood that the Abbey is but one phase in a longer archaeological history of the site.
John Charman
Cerne Historical Society

Very helpful and accommodating

HexCam were very helpful and accommodating in tailoring a package to suit our needs and resources. The quality of the LiDAR data has been amazing and has really helped us in our understanding of the Cerne Abbey site and the surrounding area. It has revealed the likelihood that the Abbey is but one phase in a longer archaeological history of the site.
Very helpful and accommodating
John Charman
Cerne Historical Society

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More reasons to choose HexCam

We’re hardware and software agnostic and never try to shoehorn in equipment that’s not needed to achieve a brief.

We start by understanding your specific challenge and requirements before selecting the most appropriate equipment and the most suitable capture and processing workflows.

Results will be presented in a format that works for your project and which allows your team to make timely and well-informed data-driven decisions.

We’re an ethical and sustainable business and have set ourselves a challenging goal of having net-zero carbon operations by the end of 2024.

Our values of sustainability, transparency, honesty, collaboration, professionalism and reliability are at the heart of what we do.

We are Real Living Wage employers and are signatories to the UK Government’s Prompt Payment Code.

Who we work with

Latest news

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HexCam stand at EEGR's SNS2024 exhibition and conference
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Going ‘BVLOS’ at EEEGR’s SNS2024

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Apache Close Encounters

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Premier League Ident for Norwich City FC showing canary shape
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Aerial Shots for Premier League Ident

We were approached in the summer of 2019 by a London-based production company, to assist with capturing the aerial shots for a Premier League ident.  And it couldn’t have been more appropriate, as...
cliff fall at Trimingham
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Monitoring Coastal Cliff Falls with Drones

Based in Norfolk, we’re all too aware of the ongoing erosion of our coastline and the immediate threat that this poses to our coastal communities. We’ve been using our drones for the past few years...
Onshore wind turbine near Swaffham in Norfolk
Dec 20 2019

HexCam Willing The Wind Industry On

Why are we at HexCam always talking about wind energy? Each member of our team is acutely aware of the overwhelming evidence that human activity is leading to rising global temperatures, which, if...
Rowley and Steve Hayes with drone during District Heat Network project
Nov 08 2019

Winning at DHN Thermal Inspections

The Problem Leaks in District Heating Networks (DHNs) can be very hard to locate. By comparing the hot water flow out into the network with the return flow, Enviroenergy can estimate the cost of the...
Drone photography of social housing project
Jul 18 2019

Social Housing Project Nominated for RIBA Stirling Prize 2019

100 of the most energy efficient homes in the UK, reducing energy bills by 70% to tenants, are nominated for a RIBA Stirling Prize. As far as we can tell, it is the first time a social housing...
Ropewalker opening Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2019
May 10 2019

230 Metre Ropewalker Opens the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2019

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival launches tonight! Visit Britain lists the festival as one of the best annual events in Britain in 2019 and describe it as: “The internationally renowned Norfolk and...
Aerial photo of Norwich Airport
Apr 26 2019

HexCam Reaching New Heights Under New Drone Restrictions

Background New regulations restricting the use of drones near to airports and other aerodromes were introduced by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on the 13th March this year. This change in rules...