The construction industry is quickly adopting drones as an essential tool. Using drone technology is an easy way to monitor job sites with aerial surveys of equipment and materials, watch site progress on a week to week basis, track stockpile measurements to keep management, investors or other interested parties up to to date on progress and or issues that may occur.
Aerial mapping is a fast growing area within the drone industry. Having this implemented within your company can assist in many areas such as project management, increase in safety, save time and money by gathering information you have never been able to obtain before.
Having the full picture of your worksite at every stage of the project is critical for running an efficient construction operation.
What are the Benefits of using drones in the construction industry?
Management oversight: Keep real-time tabs on projects with regularly updated overhead maps. For in-depth analysis, zero in on key areas, often with enough resolution to see individual studs.
Site progress: Track progress against 3D models and aerial views. How many floors have been built in the past week? Are the builders following the plan? Are we on track to complete the project by the deadline? These are just some questions that can be answered by using drone technology.
Measurement: While mapping the site the drone collects data and from that I we are able to take measurements such as volumetric, distance and area. This information is great to be able to keep track of stock piles on site such as crushed rock, dirt that needs to be taken off site and even measure an area to be able to calculate material requirements.
Improved communication: Share maps and models with internal and external stakeholders for streamlined communications. Keep everyone in the office up-to-date and informed — even if you’re still on site.
Virtual design and construction: Export drone-generated point clouds into 3D design software for powerful insights. Ensure site progress is in step with original design plans.
Contractor Monitoring: Aerial mapping allows construction site managers to have more real-time detailed control over the project and define how much they should pay their contractors based on the actual amount of work done.
As a contractor using aerial mapping can provide evidence of work that has been completed and requires payment. This can also aid with project timelines not being reached due to other factors/ trades or why extra works needed to be performed before the original contracted task could be completed.
Safety improvements: Identify safety concerns in real time, so your team can address them quickly. Reduce the time employees and contractors spend on roofs, steep slopes, and other dangerous areas.
Asset Inspections: Construction companies often have assets to inspect on their work sites. Drones can quickly capture high resolution photos that could be downloaded and viewed as a report and shared with contractors or project stakeholders.
Using drones for asset inspections not only saves money but also reduces safety risks for employees and contractors by keeping them away from hard-to-reach or dangerous locations.
Site planning & surveying: Instead of hiring a survey team to survey a greenfield site, you can hire Drone Craft to perform the same job faster, with almost as much accuracy, and at a lower price point. In some cases, this information is even more accurate because drone-generated point clouds gather millions of points compared to the hundreds gathered in a ground-based survey.
Example of the 3D model we can create