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Application of Drones in Construction

Construction industry professionals have long assumed technical disruption to address the common challenges of construction productivity time and cost overruns, and material waste. Technological innovations such as robotics, mechanical control, telematics, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/drone have been adopted to reduce costs while ensuring maximum efficiency. Gone are the days when tasks had to be done manually. material waste. Additionally, the increasing complexity of project sites justifies the use of drones. Drones are usually preferred for hazardous and repetitive tasks.

1.Fast, repeatable, on-demand image capture

On any site, there are always contractors, engineering firms, civil engineers, and many subcontractors doing specialized work. In addition to the many teams involved, tight deadlines require frequently updated records to drive decision-making and coordinate multiple stakeholders.

Here lies the great advantage of drones for site managers. Drones provide a complete picture of a construction site within hours of demand.

The sharp, detailed images produced by drones allow site managers to track work progress and have up-to-date data, rather than relying on plans and incomplete data that may not reflect reality and comprehensively reconstructed site plans to make accurate decisions.

Aerial photography also serves as a visual aid in communicating with all concerned. This allows everyone to see what has already been done and what needs to be done.

2.Accurate and Comprehensive Data

In addition to detailed aerial photography, the same data collected by the drone in a single flight provides a complete map of the scene, including 2D and 3D GPS points. These maps allow you to accurately measure distances, surface areas, heights, and volumes. Photogrammetry software now also produces elevation models such as Digital Terrain Models (DTM) and Digital Surface Models (DSM).


3.Saving Cost & Time

Our UAV/Drone services have saved hundreds of thousands of Dollars for construction projects. A drone allows data collection to increase weekly instead of monthly and provides all the tools needed to consistently make better decisions.

Contractors face significant risks in all projects. From overbilling to underpaid mistakes, rework, missed deadlines, and legal troubles, few industries miss identifying them earlier.

Data from drones can help mitigate many of these risks by identifying problems before they arise, providing accurate data on disputes, and documenting the process for legal challenges.

4.Better Documentation and Faster Coordination with Subcontractors

Repeated surveys enable complete documentation throughout the construction process life cycle.

When a project progresses past a flawed design, it is difficult, if not impossible, to track down where an error occurred or who made it. Drone data provides clear, accurate, and searchable documentation at general points in the construction process. This allows parties to see and identify where an error occurred and resolve these disputes out of court as the evidence is clearer.

Another benefit of better documentation is that the collected data can be analyzed to learn lessons and compared for benchmarking purposes.

5.Remote access to current site conditions

BIM managers, and surveyors now physically travel or rely on field workers to stay up-to-date on construction progress. While someone is flying a drone and taking pictures at the site, you can check the progress of the project on your computer, evaluate it, and discuss it with the site manager as if you were there.



6.Increased Safety

Being able to monitor and inspect hard-to-reach or complicated areas in the middle of the site without stepping on them reduces the risk of operator accidents.

Safety on construction sites also means ensuring that work areas are accessible only to qualified personnel. For example, drone imagery can help identify gaps around sites more quickly, preventing civilian encroachment and potential accidents.

However, the greatest safety improvements are found in inspection and maintenance. Instead of climbing telephone poles, using ropes to probe facility features, or working on busy highways, employees can fly drones and inspect infrastructure, through the images without risk.

About CityBlue Aerial

Our team of certified FAA pilots provides a wide range of drone services to fit any project need and budget. We deliver quality solutions with cutting-edge technology to put you at the forefront of leveraging drones. Let us be your flight department.

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