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Drone Inspection of St. Anne's Church, Chicopee, Massachusetts

Location Overview:

St. Anne Catholic Church, Chicopee, MA



St. Anne's Church Spire


Client & Project Goal

Determine the integrity of the existing roof structure, church steeple, and brick facade, so that the Church could secure several estimates to repair, without spending thousands of dollars to hire roofing professionals who would need the utilize scaffolding, and manpower to conduct their estimate process.


Complicating Factors for Traditional Inspection

Due to the building’s location within the Chicopee suburbs, close proximity to other structures and the height of the church steeple, the following issues were complications that potential contractors faced:

  • Several stories of scaffolding required to reach the peak of the roof.

  • Many locations of the roof not visually accessible without making physical contact with the roof, potentially adding more damage to the structure. -Safety and liability concerns to the potential contractor’s employees.

  • High out-of-pocket expense to the potential contractor for the inspection, adding additional cost and expense without the guarantee of securing the project.


Web-tactics' Drone Inspection Goal

Provide high resolution images and video footage of the entire roof structure, including the steeple and brick facade, while focusing in on areas of concern or damage.


Our Drone Inspection Solution


  • Licensed Drone pilot on site to fly the mission, working in tandem with the Church's Facility Manager, who was able to offer in the moment real time direction, allowing them to focus on areas of interest.

  • High- resolution images of the entire roof structure, church steeple and brick facade.

  • No need for street closure for drone image capture, therefore no impact to the local community.

  • Complete time onsite for the pilot to capture the required data was approximately one hour.

  • Provided the client with complete data package with 24 hours.

  • Cost savings with no need for expensive equipment rentals, labor, or high liability risks for the assessment process.


End Outcome

Client was able to use the imagery and video footage provided by Web-tactics to effectively demonstrate the integrity of the roof, accurately, and get cost estimates to repair without the enormous expense from roofing estimators who would charge the Church thousands of dollars for manpower and scaffolding rentals.

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