While dozens of industries use drones, the widest application is in the construction industry. Drone use has skyrocketed with surging 239% and the leading sector is construction.
Drones are equipped with downward-facing sensors, such as RGB, multispectral, thermal, or LIDAR, and can capture a great deal of aerial data in a short period.
In the construction industry, drones have widespread uses. They are used amongst
- Residential construction and realtor services
- Commercial construction: project managers, superintendents, and surveyors
- Heavy civil construction
There are multiple uses of drones on a construction site, however, that varies on what the contractor needs the drone for. Below we discuss the general benefits of using drones in the construction industry.
- The most common uses of drones are to use their aerial insight of an overall job site: contractors can use the drones aerial footage to record and capture pictures and video to use as progress tracking for owners or stakeholders. This is known as progress tracking.
- Drones are also used to find and help catch potential problems on a job site before they happen. This could be a misplaced brick to a major roofing issue that no one has caught yet due to the drone’s aerial perspective.
- Project Managers lead the charge by bringing drones on the job site. When projects run over budget and behind schedules, as they typically do, drones help to close the gap.
- Spending nearly an hour less every week, contractors gain access to nearly every aspect of their project. This helps to keep the project on schedule.
- Drones change the game in communication. A drone photo is worth a thousand words and potentially millions of dollars.
- Drones provide remote access by having somebody onsite flying the drone and capturing images. Then progress can be seen directly on your computer.
- Drones help in increased safety by reaching hard to reach places on construction sites or areas in the middle of machinery.
Benefits of using drones throughout the construction lifecycle
- Drones are used in bidding and pre-planning of construction projects. They are used before the launch of construction projects in topographic surveys. Surveying during pre-planning stages may involve surveying in hard to reach areas or areas without any road access. These types of surveys are done in a matter of hours with drones.
- Drones help in planning and design. The drone photos are also used by architects, local authorities and engineers. With drone orthophotos and 3D models, you can overlay buildings onto their environment to get a clear sense of how a new building might look next to an existing one.
- The greatest value of drones comes in the construction execution phase. Drone images help to generate a point cloud each containing geospatial and colour information. With the help of photogrammetry software, one can get precise volume information and can run a cut/fill analysis.
- Contractors who move earth are paid according to the amount of earth they have removed. Good accuracy is thus required and drones help by providing highly accurate data. The margin of error in calculations is removed and hence payments.
- As the costs of operating drones are relatively lower, surveys can be run on a regular basis and a build-up of progress can be maintained.
- Drones serve as a great communication tool on a construction project site. Visual reports from drones can be shared amongst customers and other important stakeholders of a construction project. Everyone concerned can track how things are moving with regards to time and money.
Also Read- The Rise of Aerial Photography and Its Applications
Costs of Drones
Costs of drones vary from $300-$500 with very basic features to $1000-$35000 with very complex ones
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Source- Wanderer Arrow