Daniel Burton

Daniel Burton

Geospatial Survey Technician

Daniel's job title is Head of Drone Operations at Target Surveys

What I do

I map the inside and outside of buildings using specialist equipment, including drones, in order to create plans.

Drone hovering

How I became a technician

A typical day in my
working life

A surprising fact about my job

I do a lot of travelling in this role. The majority of our jobs are in London, but we do travel throughout the UK.

A little more about
my everyday role

What I wear to work

If I’m in the office, I wear smart casual clothing. If I am on a construction site, I wear all the necessary PPE, like high-vis and hard hat.

The best bits about working in a team

I still work closely with the CAD Technicians and there are about 10 of us. We all help each other out and bounce ideas off each other. If I’m flying a drone, usually I am by myself, but if there is a part that needs laser scanning, then someone else will come with me.

My favourite piece of equipment

My favourite equipment has to be the drones. I have a slightly smaller drone, which has a thermal camera on it, so I can do heat loss surveys and solar inspections. I went to a job at a school that wanted a heat loss survey, so I used the drone to photograph the windows and roof. I can also use it to spot defects in solar panels using a solar camera. It shows you ‘dead spots’, which are black and gives an assessment of which panels need fixing.

The next steps in my career journey

I would like to continue with drone work, as it is a relatively new industry, and I would like to run my own drone team.

The advice I'd give to
someone younger

Do what you enjoy. Give things a go and if it doesn’t work out, you can try something else. I didn’t know what I wanted to do following school, so the apprenticeship really helped me decide.

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