Recovering after a wildfire is an effort that requires the help and expertise of many organizations. After both, the fire department and local Sheriff and law enforcement have given the green light to return to the property, you have lots of work to do.
If you have already enrolled into California ADI’s WAAS program (Wildfires Aerial Assessment Services), and obtained the before the fire assessment, you should contact us immediately to schedule your after the fire assessment, before clean up.
This is an overwhelming process for anyone to go through, specially homeowners and what happens after your first visit back to the property depends on how severe the damages that are caused by the fire. Your first walkthrough should give you an indication of level of destruction and how bad of a situation you are in at that moment. This is an emotionally exhausting time for you and your family members as emotions will be running high.
Never attempt the clean up by yourself.
This is a process that requires professional fire restoration companies to get involved. Be aware that it is common after a wildfire to have so many toxic materials present on site, please be cautious.
You should have contacted your insurance agent already by that time. It is preferred that you contact your insurance agent and upon receiving the order to evacuate, your insurance agent should be informed. Your agent will walk you through the process and guide you on what informations the insurance company will acquire from you. Your agent will inform you of what steps lie ahead for your expectations.
At this time, California ADI has gathered all the stored data from your WAAS files and prepared your WAAS folder. This data is vital to your recovery process.
You now have the perfect digitized assessment of the property before and after the fire. A package that will show and proof your loss.
Whether your claim involves private, local, state of federal agencies such as FEMA, the evidence generated and provided by California ADI’s WAAS program is of great significance to the litigation practice and approach and has a great affect on settlement outcome. You must have proof of what you had to be fairly compensated by the insurance companies.
You can always visit our WAAS page at https://www.ca-adi.com/wildfires-assessment.html
It is as if nature contracted the biggest demolition company in the state and sent it out to literally destroy Paradise. One fire ruined an entire city, so fast that most of the damage was done in less than 24 hours.
Wildfires are becoming more ferocious than ever. Powerful, fast with extreme destruction. Everyone thought that 2017 was the most devastating year of wildfires in the history of California and suddenly comes the Camp Fire. Fire so ruinous, that according to the latest update by Cal Fire on Wednesday, 11.21.2018, the camp fire has claimed 153,336 acres - 80% contained, 13,503 residences, 514 commercial and 4,404 other buildings are destroyed with more than 5,100 structures threatened by the fire. http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2277
It is an undeniable fact that most wildfires are created by humans, and since the number of humans moving into the woods have increased dramatically. Wild-land Urban Interface or WUI is a habitable and transitional zone between civilized human development and un-occupied land. Humans have been invading the forest and the results are not pleasing.
With extremely dry conditions, drought, wind and increase of temperature, California and its massive mountains and majestic forests along with human are the fundamental ingredient to the mega fires.
Mega fires is a term used to explain a massive fire. A fire as catastrophic as the Camp fire, can ruin an entire city in just few hours. This is the new trend of California wildfires. They are bigger, hostile and full of anger and the wrecking level is of a mega magnitude.
We are heartbroken for those who lost everything. The holidays is here, and there are thousands of people in tents and shelters trying to figure out how on earth they ended up there and how to get out.
Please help those who lost everything, visit our list of trusted charities at https://www.ca-adi.com/wildfires-donations.html
Let’s help one another and the California spirit of love and compassion, will take us on a an amazing journey on the road of recovery to rebuilding back our communities, and work together to combat the repercussions of climate control.
It is the two most asked question upon receiving a phone call from a client. What is WAAS and why do I need it.
our lifestyle in California has changed, we are at risk of wildfires across the state, no one is safe. No one is safe from the devastation caused by furious and aggressive fires fueled by climate change, years of drought and dry dry vegetation.
WAAS is a property assessment program, designed to provide property owners with data that represents the actual status of a property before the fire, including terrains and structures. Aerial images, videos, new 2D map & 3D model of property are solid proof and evidence that property owners will be glad to have after a (God Forbid) a wildfire damage.
We do not wish for anyone to go through the devastation and grief caused by a wildfire BUT, what happens if you do?
The data provided has allowed clients to gain thousands of dollars on their insurance claim. Money that insurance companies were reluctant on paying back due to the lack of evidence. Money is gained from litigations with power companies, money a property owner deserves but truly lacks the fundamental basic issue, can you prove it.
We store your data for 5 years, accessible to our clients at the move of a click, they can review and download as many times as they wish.
So, why do you need WAAS? just in case, since no one is safe from a wildfires damage, you are equipped with solid, scientific and intelligent data that proves your ownership.
I watch the news like everyone else (that’s a bad habit for you), news of crimes, bad politicians, traffic, wall street, healthcare and weather plus stories about good people doing good things for the community. Lately, it’s been about heartbreaking stories surrounding the devastation of the wildfires. I have seen many images and videos about intense angry fires that devour every structure in its path, and watched my wife talk with her mother on the phone while my mother in-law was grabbing stuff from her home before the mandatory evacuation order came down. Still, it was just normal for me, another wildfire tragedy, been so many lately. I felt bad for the devastation but that was it, feeling bad watching the news and life moves on right after, no hard feelings.
Then one day at a friend’s house for a lovely Sunday brunch, I ran into our good friend Beth, we haven’t seen her in quite some time and she introduced us to her boyfriend Kurt. Now, we heard before that Kurt had lost his home in the Tubbs fire back in October of 2017 and we talked about him loosing the house and the horrible process that people go through after the devastation. Kurt is a very nice guy, very early sixties, well educated dentist with his own practice and currently living in a guest house of one of his friends.
Somehow, The conversation with Kurt hit a cord with me and few weeks later, I contacted Beth asking her if she could pass on to Kurt that I would like to take some aerial images of his property after the fire and he agreed and on we go.
Woke up early, grabbed my drone, got into my Prius and started a long 110 mile drive to Windsor, CA on a perfect San Francisco Bay day in August, foggy and overcast, the way we like it. I met Kurt at a Badass coffee house (that is the name), got our morning cub of java and I proceeded to follow him to his property.
What you feel when you first get there is a cloud of sadness, it is as if the air was filled with sadness, such a strange feeling. Nothing is left there, all gone after cleaning the property, just ground and concrete foundation. Since his property is on a hill, the view from what used to be his front porch is absolutely stunning. I was looking at what makes all of us live in California, it is such a gorgeous state.
My sadness level increased once I got my drone up in the air, the bird’s eye view makes you see things from a different perspective and Wow, the amount of devastation that fire caused in one neighborhood is astounding when you look at it from above. I kept my drone flying taking images and recording video.
After an hour of shooting, I decided to map the area. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, we fly drones in a certain flight path and we acquire hundreds of truly high quality images, pass it all through bunch of softwares to pretty much create a brand new 2D map and a 3D model of the entire property.
I stood there talking with Kurt, right where his garage used to be, and he said “morally, you think about this and you have to question yourself, should you count your loss and move on or, you stick with memories and rebuild what you started? How do you figure this out?
In my home office, I uploaded all the images and the videos and started to process the data I gathered. It has been over couple months and I just can’t stop thinking about the devastation caused by the fires. I met few people who lost their property, got to hear their stories on how they actually deal with such grief in their lives and I started to feel sad with every story I heard. I now have sadness in my life and somehow, I feel good about it. Sadness opened my heart to a catastrophic tragedy that I used to feel just normal about it, it made me realize that what they lost is so enormous I honestly have no idea how they cope. With it.
From the horror stories I heard, insurance claims are not easy, insurance company need so many details that most fire victims don’t end up with the appropriate and deserved compensation for their loss. Therefore, WAAS was created.
I came up with our Wildfires Aerial Assessment Services, a program that offers property digitization. Data and evidence produced and collected before and after the fire is of such value to any local, private or federal claim. A solid comparison of what one had and what they have now is a clear and irrefutable evidence to submit as a claim. Aerial mapping, imaging, new technologies and science is what everyone needs as confirmation of ownership.
My heart breaks for those who slept outside the first night, those who were unable to take a decent shower for few days, those who lost their furry four legged friends, those who stood on a pile of trash of what used to be called a home. My heart is aching and I want to help. i want to help those who are in high risk fire area and prepare them for an unfortunate event in case it happens and I want to help those who lost everything they had to a fire.
I’m a changed human at this point, sad and frustrated that many lost and they will not recover from it. Suddenly, it appears that watching the news didn’t affect me as much as paying a visit to a wildfire site.
Join me in trying to figure out a way to help. Cheers!
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Wildfires are a common recurring threat to our lifestyle with many counties at high risk (up to 80%).
We specialize in aerial drone mapping, imaging, data collection and assessment of residential and commercial properties through Property Digitization (PD) BEFORE and AFTER a wildfire. We Digitize your Property (DYP).
This is a new era, property digitization is accurate, affordable and must be done for properties in wildfires high risk area. Digitizing your property provides you with sustainable and accurate data to protect your property in the event of wildfire destruction.
California ADI’s Property Digitization is our efforts to provide property owners with accurate assessment of the current standing of the property terrain, including buildings and natural components, by using the art and science of drone mapping and topography to generate 2D/ 3D map. This data is vital to local, private, federal and litigation claim process , and to help in the recovery from the devastation of the California wildfires. Digital comparison of data before and after a wildfire is essential to the recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Unmanned aerial vehicles will greatly advance the efficiency, accuracy and speed at which construction projects are completed in the near future. Professional grade drones equipped with mountable lightweight HD cameras, LIDAR and Thermal and Infrared sensors technology will alone improve surveys, site visibility, progress reporting, and inspection processes.
Drones can be used through out the entire construction process, from bidding to pre-construction and design to construction to completion and maintenance. Drones are extremely beneficial in project management, assessment and cost estimate.
After drones take weekly images of the structure, images are uploaded into a software and stitch them together into a time lapse video. This is a great benefit in coordinating logistics among the many parties involved, while remote stakeholders and investors are informed visually about the progress.
Construction (design, building inspection or monitoring) is in the top three useful applications for commercial drone-based services, behind aerial photography, surveying and mapping. The number of construction and engineering companies using drones is rapidly growing as companies are starting to understand the enormous benefits of using drones on sites.
Surveying is a great benefit, as accurate data is produced with surveys and contour maps of high-resolution point cloud data collected from bird’s eye view.
It’s quick and fairly to deploy a drone into the air meaning so you can keep a constant eye on projects and with repeated flights for continual updates. The production of weekly 2D and 3D maps and sharing between project shareholders, engineers, crews and associates will ensure your progress stays on track and help pinpointing any problems that surface suddenly.
Drones save money, time and reduce the risk of injury.
Efficient and cost effective maintenance strategy are the basis of Preventive Maintenance. The strategy has essential benefits of improved equipment availability and reduced operational failures which are evident of cost reductions. Management of industrial and utility structures has improved due to innovation and technology. Unmanned Air Vehicles UAV – drones – are an impressive asset in preventive maintenance through collection of data from environments and situations where human access is difficult or dangerous. Drones are an imperative maintenance tool in industries such as wind turbines and communication towers.
Commercial drones are changing the way operators are auditing and inspecting infrastructure and a well planed Preventive Maintenance Strategy Program (PMSP) will reduce the risk of injury in one of the most dangerous jobs plus the benefits of cost effectiveness.
The scope of the inspection really matters. Commercial drones perform full inspection of communication and energy towers in a fraction of the time a skilled crew and climbers would take to complete the inspection.
Preventive maintenance in the communication and energy towers utility companies has very special significance, such companies can not afford shutdown due to the long-term contractual supply arrangements in place with the buyers of their services and products.
In addition, the regulating authorities inflict demanding compliance with respect to system efficiencies and environmental protection.
Organizations such as ANSI ( American National Standards Institute) https://www.ansi.org , OSHA ( Occupational Safety and Health Administration) https://www.osha.gov and NATE (National Association Of Tower Erectors) https://natehome.com are encouraging the use of UAV in structural tower inspection for their extreme safety.
Preventive Maintenance Strategy Program (PMSP) provides the following valuable assets to any company:
Call us today to discuss your upcoming preventive maintenance schedule. 9253310423
Our great state of California is providing 2 million households with wind power. According to California Wind Energy Association CALWEA https://www.calwea.org, wind projects generated 6.2% of all power generated in the state. Wind power accounts for 39%of renewable energy generates in the state.
Most of the state’s wind power is generated through three primary regions: Altamont Pass Wind Farm (east of San Francisco); Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm (south east of Bakersfield) and San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm (near Palm Springs, east of Los Angeles). fourth area, the Montezuma Hills of Solano County, was developed in 2005–2009, with the large Shiloh Wind Power Plant.
As of January 1st, 2017 the great state of California has generated 5662 Mega Watts of power with growth of nearly 350% since 2001. Wind power in California has evolved through the years. It started in 1980 as the first U.S state to establish the first wind power project but Texas has taken the lead in the U.S. by a wide margin in total megawatts of wind, with farm states like Iowa and Kansas moving up fast. Meanwhile, California’s numbers have essentially remained unchanged since 2012.
According to the San Diego Union Tribune http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com, in an interview with Nancy Rader, the executive director of CALWEA, the future of wind energy in the golden state is bleak, “It’s pretty bleak in terms of the potential for new development,” she said in a telephone interview from her group’s headquarters in Berkeley. “We’re actually at risk of going backward in total capacity in California.”
Offshore wind turbines has a very slow growth in the U.S.A with the first ever offshore farm, Block Island developed in Rhode Island and in operation since 2016. While the UK is the leader of offshore wind farms followed by the Netherlands and Germany, U.S has a long journey ahead in the offshore generation of wind turbines.
Below are the highlights of the major construction of the Anholt offshore wind farm in Denmark. Enjoy.
It is always stressful getting inspections or any kind of maintenance done on communication towers wind turbines and utility structures. It is a costly, risky and time consuming process that require the deployment of trained and skilled crew to hard to reach terrain and evaluate areas of instability and damage.. Safety is the number one concern for any service company. Safety requires repetitive training and added operational cost. Traditionally, climbing is required to view and inspect higher parts of the structure and this process is not necessary.
Luckily, many professional service and maintenance companies are able to utilize a much safer and cost effective method of inspecting by using small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). A drone can reach tall heights, take HD quality photos and videos, and examine parts of a structure and reach parts which would be considered too dangerous. Drones are also capable of conducting multiple inspections without the need to move to a different location, we just fly the aircraft to the next tower. Drones are able to provide engineers with real-time data, images and post-inspection analysis-the benefits of which are causing a shift away from traditional utility inspection methods.
ROI is the financial goal for any business and reducing the labor and insurance cost will achieve such goal.
Let California ADI keep your workforce safe by removing them from harm’s way. Let’s assist you in inspecting these hazardous and dangerous areas, with your personnel safely on the ground.
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Safety Factors For Using Drones In Tower Inspections
As drones are becoming an important instrument at job sites around the world, various utilities companies are having conversations about the risks and rewards of the new technology. California ADI aims to shed some light on how UAV use could assist with your business or industry requirements resulting to improved safety during inspections.
Seeking better ways to inspect job sites and identify potential hazards before they become dangerous, many companies are increasingly turning to drones and drone mapping to improve overall safety for their workers.
Drones help in reducing the need to walk in dangerous areas
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Roof inspections can be very dangerous, as workers are often required to walk atop buildings at extreme heights to check for cracks, leaks and any other potential damage that could require repair. Drones and drone software makes it easy to identify such issues in need of repair, without ever having to step foot on rooftops.
Using drones in tracking progress and forecasting potential job site risks
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Drones are making field inspection safer and more efficient
Construction isn’t the only industry to see innovation and increased safety from the use of commercial drones. Field inspection is another profession that faces a high risk of injury or death from slips and falls. From bridges to power lines to cell towers, field inspectors are often required to scale large structures to visually inspect for potential damage in need of repair.
Drones are improving field inspections by making them safer while also making the inspection workflow twice as efficient.
Drones help companies put worker safety first
With many industries adopting drone mapping, we can expect to see OSHA figures of disasters surrounding job site fatalities drop. The latest drone models available from manufacturers like DJI are well suited for commercial applications on job sites, and the software available for drone mapping has come a long way in the past few years, opening endless possibilities for improvement to safety and efficiency. Drone data is now being used in almost every country by tens of thousands of professionals in dozens of major industries to make more informed business decisions and increase return on investment.
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The following link describes a reported fatal OSHA accident in 2014 as the result of a 90 feet fall from a tower during inspection.