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A Quick Guide of Drone Applications in Construction

There may be no industry better suited for drone use than construction. Construction is a huge industry with tons of money wrapped up in materials, safety, and efficiency.

Drones work to improve systems around all of the above, as well as in other facets of construction that are not typically considered.

Drones and Building Surveys

Building development sites require surveys so that stakeholders have all information needed to plan for a project.

This is made much easier by drones as UAV surveys are completed in a fraction of the time as a manned survey. Implementing drones for your surveying needs can also save money and reduce potential risks associated with 'boots on the ground'.

Drones and Inspections

Similarly, visual inspections of high-risk areas by drone save time and reduce risk. Drone footage can be taken from a safe location, by operators planted firmly on the ground, and sent directly to decision makers. Not to mention, they have the ability to capture perspectives that were not possible before.

Drones Providing Project Progress Reports

Many construction and development companies create monthly reports, weighing progress against a planned schedule. These reports are created by survey data, which is compiled from footage taken of various parts of the site.

Using a drone, surveys are completed faster and are more comprehensive as the drone is capable of reaching many more vantages.

Promotional Photography via Drone Imagery

One of the best and most widely applied drone uses is in photography and videography for promotional purposes. Drone footage can capture the true essence of a property or a future project with 4K high definition video.

This footage is often edited into the perfect content package for marketing materials and promotions.

Live Drone Feeds

During high risk work, it is sometimes necessary to get certain professionals on site to see what is going on. First person point of view technology can simulate the experience of actually walking through a site from a remote location.

The remote feed allows technicians and specialists to evaluate and assess past work in order to make future decisions without putting them in harm's way or forcing them to take time out of their busy schedules for travel.

Drones Providing Site Logistics

One of the most valuable applications of drones in construction is in managing site logistics.

Drones can be equipped with technology that enable them to quickly measure the volume of stock so that no material is wasted. Stockpile mismanagement is one of the largest contributors of waste, both in terms of material and money.

This is in part because of the time and manpower required to take a manned stockpile measurement. As with most things, drones facilitate this process, quickly reporting data to those tasked with business efficiency.


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Christopher Grillo
Christopher Grillo

Christopher Grillo is a freelance writer and marketing consultant from New Haven, CT. He works mainly with companies in tech, real estate, and construction and development. Chris is a regular contributor to Futurism.com, Futurism Products, Contractor Culture and serves as a digital marketing consultant Fosdick Fulfillment Inc. a full service third party fulfillment center headquartered in Connecticut. He is the graduate of the University of New Haven, where he played strong safety for the Chargers’ football team, and of Southern Connecticut State University’s MFA program.

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