The Rise of Drones in the Construction Industry

The Rise of Drones in the Construction Industry

The construction industry has witnessed a 239% increase in the use of drones within one year, and in this article, we will walk you through some of the major construction process that greatly benefit from the usage of drones.

 

Topographic & Land Surveys

Topographic mapping is indeed the most challenging aspect of planning a large-scale construction, and drones allow construction firms to avoid incurring thousands of dollars by conducting insightful land and topographic surveys to examine the terrain. Terrain maps without the assistance of drones tend to be overwhelmingly expensive, and drones allow builders and firms to visualize the topography without wasting too much time.

Adding drone to the construction equipment ensures that the project is completed on time without going overboard on the budget by examining all potential challenges and determining the feasibility beforehand.

 

Tracking & Locating Equipment

All construction project managers and engineers face the common problem of locating equipment scattered around the site. A drone acts like a manager with wings, and within seconds, it can fly across the site and identify the equipment. Before the team calls it a day, the drone can determine all the on-site equipment that needs to shut down, hence, preventing all kinds of accidents and unnecessary expenditure.

Drones can also assist in preventing and identifying equipment malfunctions as they provide visual representations to address the issue. Moreover, since they are constantly recording visual data, they help in communicating the issue to a professional so the technician can provide an accurate diagnosis to fix the machine. 

 

Monitoring the Progress

Indeed, the greatest advantage of having a drone on a construction site is the ability to remotely examine the progress, along with showing the progress to the clients. Drones help generate striking aerial stills and videos that will leave the clients satisfied with the progress, even if they are not physically present at the site.

Aside from presenting the progress to the client, a drone works wonder at boosting cooperation and communication between the team of engineers, construction managers, workers, architects and owners as thy connect through software to share and access data with the entire team.

 

Surveillance & Security

Project managers and owners often struggle with the problem of stolen equipment, dismantled and violated construction sites, and most importantly, the issue of trespassing and druggies who loiter around in under-construction buildings. When a boom lift or excavator is stolen, it causes thousands of dollars’ worth of losses.

A drone allows the construction manager to conduct a quick examination of the site to make sure all the equipment is well in its place, and is stored in a sufficiently secure location. If any unauthorized individual enters the premises, a drone can be used to detect burglaries and notify the authorities before it is too late.

 

Safety of the Workforce

Ensuring the safety of workers is a major priority of all construction companies, and the challenging process of construction causes countless worker fatalities, of which falls make up around 39%. A drone can help workers navigate and examine the risk, particularly when working on extreme heights, unsteady scaffolding's, and under hazardous circumstances.

Drone cameras have become increasingly popular amongst construction managers as they are highly useful in monitoring on-the-job safety to make sure that all structures and equipment are operating properly and pose no risk to the safety of the workforce.