34 Crabtree Road, Northstowe, Cambridge, CB24 1BN
We’ve all seen the breath-taking, cinematic imagery that can be captured by a drone, but these incredible flying machines are capable of far greater technical wizardry. Just ask innovative businessman Marc Mann, who runs drone and media specialist SkyTech Cambridge.
On top of creating captivating films and taking stunning photography, Marc offers a range of trailblazing services including 3D digital twin drone mapping and modelling, complex drone inspections, surveys and thermal imaging.
Marc, whose background is in IT and construction, launched SkyTech four years ago, and works alongside wife Jo, who spearheads business administration.
Together, they’ve built an impressive portfolio, spanning various sectors, from councils and construction companies to hotels and estate agents.
Local projects have included Urban Splash Northstowe, the iconic Chariots of Fire race and commissions for Cambridge University.
Much of Marc’s work is drone inspections and surveys (roofs, buildings and bridges), providing an effective method of accessing difficult and unsafe areas, without the need for scaffolding. His specialist thermal imaging drone can identify energy loss or hidden water damage in buildings, inspect solar farms and support search and rescue operations.
SkyTech’s 3D drone mapping service uses hi-tech photogrammetry to produce three-dimensional recreations of any object, from a single building to an entire housing complex, with the finished 3D model being centimetre accurate. Marc’s state-of-the-art drone can map more than 2km squared in a single flight. SkyTech will be jetting out to Germany to carry out this unique service for a military contractor.
One of the most rewarding aspects of Marc’s job is event photography, specifically for charities, which he offers at a reduced rate. He particularly enjoys filming for Breast Cancer Now at events around the country including Chatsworth House; having lost his own mum to breast cancer, it’s an opportunity for this photographer to give back to an incredible charity.