Drones Used to Resolve San Francisco Home Permitting Issue
In 1908 a permit was issued first for a Store and Flat on the property, fronting on Diamond Street. Later in August 1908, a permit was issued for a 20 foot by 25 foot wood and coal storage building fronting on Thor Avenue. The original property bounds were different and shaped slightly different on the Thor frontage. In the early 1900s, motor vehicles were not prominent.
Historic Access and Use as Precedent
At some time in the past, the property boundaries and street alignment were changed along Thor Avenue. In order to allow access to the rear of Lot 8 to continue, Parcel 7B was created. Parcel 7B is too small for a structure and its sole purpose is a to provide access to Lot 8 from Thor Avenue. Therefore it is clearly evident that the City recognized and respected Lot 8’s historic access and use.
Drone Aerial View Shows Current and Original Boundary and Property Usage
The Overlay compares a current aerial view and the current property boundary with the original boundary and the original Storage Building location. The Storage Building occupied the space now used for parking. The Storage Building (the current parking area) was historically accessed from Thor Avenue.
Further evidence of the City of San Francisco’s approval and acceptance of Lot 8 parking access from Thor Avenue is the driveway curb cut at Lot 7B, allowing vehicular access to the rear of Lot 8.
Drones in Construction
Kearney & O’Banion employs expert drone services in construction cases and property investigations.
Construction Uses for Drone
- Survey properties
- Identify differences between as-built and as-designed site plans
- Inspect a worksite
- Track stockpiles of materials on the construction site
- Visually verify construction work has taken place by overlaying design documents
- Confirm a construction project’s goals and timelines are being met
- Measure progress on a construction site
- Identify safety concerns at the work site
- Find the source of potential construction delays
- Create and overlay maps
Experienced Drone Skills for Your Construction Cases
Connor Kearney leads our drone investigations. He’s licensed with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in California, which is required operate a drone. Each of the drones we operate is registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, and each one has an FAA registration number affixed to it while flying. Would your construction case benefit from bird’s eye view? Call us today at 415-819-1157 to discuss drone construction services.