There are many advancements being made on job sites, thanks to the rise of drones in construction. With features like user-friendly controls, geo-location sensors, 3D scanners, long battery life and the ability to capture high-resolution photos and video, this technology helps construction companies boost productivity and access other benefits.
Today, these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are becoming mainstream technology for contractor projects. Keep reading to learn some of the ways drones are transforming the construction industry.
Surveying land and analyzing data
In many cases, drones are changing the way land is surveyed, reducing the amount of labor and time needed to map out the right data. They also help eliminate human error on the job site.
An alternative to heavy and expensive equipment, drones have made data collection simple. They’re piloted remotely with ease, able to access hard-to-reach areas and capable of transmitting information – often in the form of 3D models – anywhere across the globe in real time. Additionally, drones are becoming great tools for making well-informed estimates and decisions before accepting contracts or breaking ground.
Construction inspections tend to be quicker and easier with drones, which reduce the need for manpower while still delivering high-quality data readings. Inspections done via drone also tend to be safer, since traditional ways of inspecting structures have often involved climbing to dangerous heights.
Improving monitoring for multiple job sites
Drones serve as a great real-time monitoring system and can help reduce theft. They’re also helpful when monitoring progress across multiple job sites, saving contractors time while also keeping them updated. Drone monitoring can also save contractors money because they don’t have to hire more supervisors to oversee each job site.
Providing client updates
Clients usually want project updates on a regular basis, but contractors sometimes struggle to find time to walk them around the job site. Drones can make for a less time-consuming experience for contractors and a better data experience for clients. Aerial views give clients a better perspective of how a project is going. Additionally, drones help give everyone a clearer vision of what future aspects of a project could look like.
Construction managers want to prevent accidents and injuries on the job site, but it can be tough for them to constantly walk around to make sure everyone is being safe. Drones can help give managers eyes in real time to make sure job site conditions are sound and crews are following proper safety practices. Drones can even help contractors become proactive by being able to spot where potential hazards, such as falls, collisions and congested work areas, could pop up in the future.
Embrace the rise of drones in construction
Drones can benefit construction crews in many ways. Contractors should consider the advantages listed above to drive greater efficiency on the job site.