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By Construction Tech Review | Tuesday, June 11, 2019

FREMONT, CA: In the pre-drone era, expensive long-established methods of sending aircraft for photogrammetric purposes or strenuous marching on original survey sites were the only approach to carry landfill management. However, the time and manner changed with the introduction of uncrewed aircraft and remote controlling systems as the inclusion brought a whole new set of possibilities into the survey frame. With the technological surge, the drones which were once developed as a future toy concept have made headline in every sector with its remote accessibility and cost-effective usability. Today, many organizations are adopting drone technology to reset the standards of topological survey.

As the survey management teams were glued to the age-old idea and methodology, the transformation of survey sectors to include new techniques took its fair share of time. The ancient skills of workers and unknown knowledge of the drone system played a significant setback to the integration of drone technology. However, several companies have started investing in drone technology and employing skilled workers for conducting landfill by flying over the topographical maps without spending nearly anything. The elimination of fuel and pilot cost increased the profit and cancelled the risk entirely.

The matrix of data collected from drones is fabricated and analyzed by specialized statistical teams to provide an ideal blueprint for the future planning process. The areal support not only includes a bird eye view of the entire project for tracking progress but also utilizes worker data for fleet management. Installed cameras help visualize and scan structural anomalies for guiding project managers to assess the theoretical divergence of a building. The assistance provided to the planning team maximizes the efficient utilization of manned resources and helps in achieving high compaction rates. Even though the addition of drones in landfill has proved to hold immense potential, but it comes with its own set of difficulties. The inclusion of drones in landfills is at a nascent stage and with the upgradation of advanced droids is projected to eradicate the present challenges. 

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