UAV Services

Since 2013 Donan has researched and tested UAV technology and hardware, developed best practices, and consulted with carriers to assist them in better understanding how to utilize this new technology and gain a competitive advantage. Donan has recently partnered with DataWing, a national UAS services company, to provide nationwide UAV inspection services with fast turnaround times and competitive pricing. This partnership allows Donan to more easily utilize UAVs on any of our forensic inspections nationwide, but also offers our customers a single resource and streamlined process for utilizing a UAV for many different applications.

By choosing Donan & DataWing for your UAV needs, clients gain access to a large network of FAA licensed pilots with specialized training and experience operating UAVs for property inspection applications. All of our pilots are fully insured and backed by the Donan engineering expertise and excellent customer support.

Here are just a few of the benefits of Donan’s reimagined UAV services:

  • Quick turnaround on a UAV inspection request anywhere in the country
  • Competitive ratesREQUEST A QUOTE
  • Pilots can be scheduled to operate a UAV at multiple properties in a single day to significantly lower costs-per-claim
  • Only professional UAV operators who are FAA licensed pilots, fully insured and trained specifically on operating a UAV for property inspections and operate with the highest level of safety
  • One stop shop for all aerial imagery needs, from underwriting and claims inspections to verification of repairs and catastrophe triage
  • Easily inspect unsafe areas
  • Receive the additional expertise and support of Donan’s tenured professional engineers and certified fire investigators
  • Expedited service available to document losses and accident scenes prior to cleanup or demolition work to preserve evidence

Donan’s Nationwide UAV Coverage


Our Difference

Donan’s expertise goes beyond the imagery. It even goes beyond the hardware and technology.

It is what we offer in addition to our research and experience with UAVs that makes the difference. We have professionals across the country with hundreds of years of combined experience in forensic investigations. We investigate over 40,000 projects a year, deploying from 62 offices, and serving all 48 contiguous states. When you choose Donan for your UAV projects, you also receive the proven expertise and support of a network of professional engineers and certified fire investigators.

Whether you’re simply looking for raw imagery or expert consultation and forensic analysis, Donan’s has you covered all across the country.

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DONAN Granted Second UAV Exemption
DONAN Granted Authorization for Commercial Drone Use

Our UAVs

We have a wide range of fixed wing and multi-rotor UAVs which can be combined with various cameras and sensors for optimal results in various scenarios.
Our fixed wing UAVs are typically used for collecting imagery over larger areas while multi-rotor UAVs are better for close range inspections which require hovering in position over areas of interest.

CAMERA/SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES

A selection of high resolution digital cameras are available for capturing photos and/or videos at multiple resolutions.Visual/RGB

A selection of high resolution digital cameras are available for capturing photos and/or videos at multiple resolutions.


Infrared (IR) cameras are available to document and identify areas of temperature variations. Potential uses include inspection of insulated roofing panels on commercial buildings and building envelope inspections.Thermal Imaging

Infrared (IR) cameras are available to document and identify areas of temperature variations. Potential uses include inspection of insulated roofing panels on commercial buildings and building envelope inspections.


NIR cameras are primarily useful for agricultural applications. Images from an NIR camera can be used to compute vegetation indices which provide an assessment of biomass and plant health.Near-Infared (NIR)

NIR cameras are primarily useful for agricultural applications. Images from an NIR camera can be used to compute vegetation indices which provide an assessment of biomass and plant health.


Like the NIR camera, the multispectral camera is primarily useful for agricultural applications. This camera captures images in four separate bands for increased accuracy assessing the health of vegetation.Multispectral

Like the NIR camera, the multispectral camera is primarily useful for agricultural applications. This camera captures images in four separate bands for increased accuracy assessing the health of vegetation.

POST-PROCESSING CAPABILITIES

The individual photos taken by a UAV can be corrected for the angle at which they were taken, then “stitched” together to create a single image of a larger area. These orthomosaics can be geo-referenced then overlaid on a base map.Orthomosaic

The individual photos taken by a UAV can be corrected for the angle at which they were taken, then “stitched” together to create a single image of a larger area. These orthomosaics can be geo-referenced then overlaid on a base map.


A geometrically accurate 3-dimensional model can be created from the geo-tagged photos collected by the UAV. The 3D model can be used to measure any length, area or volume of interest – for example the area of a roof surface. Additional uses include contour mapping and 3D simulations.3D Point Cloud

A geometrically accurate 3-dimensional model can be created from the geo-tagged photos collected by the UAV. The 3D model can be used to measure any length, area or volume of interest – for example the area of a roof surface. Additional uses include contour mapping and 3D simulations.


Contour maps can be created from the 3D model to help identify elevation changes across an area. For example a contour map of a large roof surface can be used to identify the direction of drainage and the amount of slope on the roof.Contour Mapping

Contour maps can be created from the 3D model to help identify elevation changes across an area. For example a contour map of a large roof surface can be used to identify the direction of drainage and the amount of slope on the roof.


Fly around views and simulation of water rising during a flooding event are examples of simulations that can be created using the 3D model.3D Simulation

Fly around views and simulation of water rising during a flooding event are examples of simulations that can be created using the 3D model.

CAMERA/SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES

Visual/RGBVisual/RGB

A selection of high resolution digital cameras are available for capturing photos and/or videos.

Thermal Imaging

Thermal Imaging

Infrared (IR) cameras are available to document and identify areas of temperature variations. Potential uses include inspection of insulated roofing panels on commercial buildings and building envelope inspections.

Near-InfaredNear-infared (NIR)

NIR cameras are primarily useful for agricultural applications. Images from an NIR camera can be used to compute vegetation indices which provide an assessment of biomass and plant health.

MultispectralMultispectral

Like the NIR camera, the multispectral camera is primarily useful for agricultural applications. This camera captures images in four separate bands for increased accuracy assessing the health of vegetation.

POST-PROCESSING CAPABILITIES

Orthomosaic

Orthomosaic

The individual photos taken by a UAV can be corrected for the angle at which they were taken, then “stitched” together to create a single image of a larger area. These orthomosaics can be geo-referenced then overlaid on a base map.

3D Point Cloud3D Point Cloud

A geometrically accurate 3-dimensional model can be created from the geo-tagged photos collected by the UAV. The 3D model can be used to measure any length, area or volume of interest – for example the area of a roof surface. Additional uses include contour mapping and 3D simulations.

countourmapping_circleContour Mapping

Contour maps can be created from the 3D model to help identify elevation changes across an area. For example a contour map of a large roof surface can be used to identify the direction of drainage and the amount of slope on the roof.

3D Simulation3D Simulation

Fly around views and simulation of water rising during a flooding event are examples of simulations that can be created using the 3D model.