International property & casualty insurer Chubb has launched a pilot program in Colombia using aerial drones to conduct inspections a 22-hectare industrial complex of a policy holder. Chubb intends to identify risks in the external structures of the insured companies and develop comprehensive event mitigation plans to avoid losses.
With social distancing and quarantines, drone inspections can contribute to worker safety by reducing face-to-face work at heights. A single flight can cover a large area with buildings and infrastructure, revealing needs for intervention in a timely manner on roofs and rooftop machinery.
“The complementary technology installed in the drones, such as video and photography cameras, 3D reconstruction and thermography equipment, improves loss prevention inspections by providing a detailed view of the condition of roofs and other infrastructure conditions from the air,” said Manuel Obregón, the president of Chubb Seguros Colombia.
The capture of images with a drone, in addition to offering digital and thermal photographs, allows the detection of hot spots, humidity, water or gas leaks and the location of energy losses, among other damages that are not perceived by the human eye.
These inspections can be carried out in hospitals, apartment or house complexes, industrial zones, free zones and industrial plants, among other facilities.
Chubb Risk Engineering initially developed this service in North America, then introducing it in Chile during 2018, then rolling it out to several Latin American countries.