Technology has been at the forefront of innovation in the construction industry in recent years. From 3D printers to self-driving trucks, we’ve seen an influx of exciting tech that is sure to cut down project costs and timelines, as well as increase the safety of construction sites. Now, in 2020, drones are impacting the construction industry in a number of meaningful ways.
It would be a massive understatement to say that people were shocked after watching a fully equipped drone’s flight. Drones, with their agility, precision controls and manoeuvrability are truly revolutionizing the construction sector. Drones are able to provide incomparable angles to a range of construction activities, making them a very unique and useful tool. They’re also able to be affixed with different sensors and devices that increase productivity in an interesting way.
Check out iSeekplant’s guide to the top 5 ways drones have changed the landscape of the construction industry below!
5 - Real-time Project Updates
Drones can efficiently provide real-time updates of a construction site that traditional methodologies don’t come close to. Progress reports are frequently requested by clients and site owners, which usually require a detailed list of activities going on at the moment. If done physically, the process is incredibly tedious and requires more manpower to reliably track. Drones have negated the need for lengthy progress reports and are able to gather real-time information at a moments notice.
4 - Photogrammetric Mapping
Mapping out sites with a drone is incredibly easy and cost-effective. Drones use a technique called Photogrammetry mapping, which is essentially the science of making measurements from photographs. A dynamic camera will be mounted to the drone and aimed vertically downwards to capture the area that needs to be mapped out. After a rigorous flight around the area (usually with a few battery changes), the photographed data is stored and processed through software to obtain a comprehensive survey of infrastructure, land, buildings and more.
The consequential output of data will provide you with the ability to take accurate length, area and volume measurements from the maps. The mining, archaeology, real estate, agriculture and, of course, construction industries all utilised drones’ photogrammetric mapping.
3 - Inspection and Monitoring
In 2020, drones are being used for just about any sort of inspection around construction sites. From inspecting compromised rooftops to detecting heat leaks to ensuring the proper functioning of heavy machinery. Drones are great for detecting dangerous materials, conditions, and for assessing structures aerially - all without placing any employees at risk.
DroneDeploy, a leading cloud software platform, says that drones are ideal for tasks such as assessing building envelopes or investigating a roof for damage. This eradicates the need for a person to walk across an unsafe roof or climb-up scaffolding. By implementing drone technology around a construction site, you’re able to conduct visual inspections of dangerous spaces, all the while saving time and money.
2 - Marketing
The specifications that some drones boast in 2020 is very exciting. Just about any quality drone can produce high-resolution videos and images that can impact your businesses marketing potential in a dramatic way. High-quality renders allow potential investors and clients a glossy insight into your projects. They provide them with a perception of your capabilities and depict how your organisation would execute the job for them. Showing drone images will give prospective clients a better understanding of your work and what to expect.
1 - Construction Site Security and Safety
Increases to security and safety are arguably the most meaningful impact drones have had on construction sites. Drones that are equipped with radar, infrared cameras or laser-based range finders provide awesome images of construction sites. They can also closely track people, materials, dynamic objects and equipment with ease. This data is very useful to site officials that are aiming to identify potential safety issues or risks. They also pave the way for safer maintenance and keep you wary of the unforeseeable risks.
Drones are also able to keep construction sites secure from theft and vandalism, with nightly fly-overs costing much less than security guards.
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