How Drones are Enduring the Construction Industry

Construction Tech Review | Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Drones enable construction professionals to access more data and detailed insights to create the reliable, sophisticated design models needed to stay ahead of the competition.

FREMONT, CA: Recent legislative swaps are driving change throughout the construction industry. Technological advancements, such as the BIM framework, have significantly improved how construction companies share information and data on a project and help future-proof their operations. In addition, the introduction of uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, has aided in this transition. Drones have increased construction professionals' access to data and detailed insights, enabling them to create the robust, sophisticated design models necessary to stay ahead of the competition.

Benefits of using a drone in construction sites

With more recognition, drones are used in the construction sector to collect data and insights during the construction process. Drones can easily and quickly cover large areas while generating detailed 3D imagery of the project site and surrounding area. Carrying out a drone survey early in a project helps both architects and customers to navigate the site in 3D before construction has begun. Using this is like having a goldmine of current conditions at disposal. In addition, the number of data points increases the accuracy of the planning phase. For example, drones are effective in calculating precise stockpile material estimates in road construction projects. Using this data, civil engineers can determine how much earth must be moved and tell site managers about the number of resources needed, such as people, vehicles, supplies, and services.

Additionally, drones can be used to assess ongoing activity and provide real-time insights for a wide range of stakeholders. For example, a UAV can monitor construction site progress, keeping everyone informed and visible, including surveyors and quality controllers. This data is essential to project managers, who can make changes as needed rather than wait for extensive rebuilding later. Drones, used in Conflict Management, can assist in building models by automatically flagging construction errors as they arise. Recognizing issues early in the process ensures smooth workflow and reduces cost impact in the event of re-work.

Usage of drone

Other essential tools used alongside UAVs include monitoring quality, safety improvements, and site management. For example, when mapping an area, the number of on-the-ground staff required is reduced using drones. Indeed, drones can operate in hazardous environments and perform personnel, equipment, and material inspection to identify safety issues. For instance, before making deliveries of large-scale materials, UAVs can first verify whether the access roads are clear and the positioning of cranes.

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