Technology is helping change the commercial construction industry, and one of the tools that is becoming popular with subcontractors, architectural design firms, and construction management companies is using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones.
The construction industry has quickly jumped at the chance to use drones, with a 2018 report noting drone use on job sites has skyrocketed 239 percent in the last year.
That’s because drones can collect a ton of data accurately and quickly, and they can deliver that data in real time to all involved in the project. This can help keep the project on track and within budget.
Here is a look at four ways drones are being used in the commercial construction industry:
- Preconstruction and Site Planning
Drones are becoming a popular replacement for traditional surveying methods because they reduce the labor and time involved with creating an accurate site survey. Drones provide a bird’s-eye view of a job site that can be compared to site plans to catch anything that may have been missed, thus keeping the project on track eliminating the need to make changes later on.
- Tracking the Project’s Process
Flying a drone around a job site at regular intervals, say once a week, allows everyone on the project to track the progress without visiting the job site, as well as catch any problems early, helping keep the project within budget and on track. By mapping the project weekly, we can have a ton of data about the project and a visual progress timeline, which could be used to show your client.
- Improving Communication
Using a drone to collect data about a job site and the progress of a project allows you to share the visual data with everyone on the project team, keeping them in the loop and helping improve communication. It also gives you something visual to show the client when discussing the progress of a project.
- Improving Safety and Surveillance
A drone can be used to reach high-risk areas and tight locations that are hard or unsafe for a human to get to. Drones can also be used to frequently monitor a job site to find and resolve any safety issues before a problem arises.
Drones can also be used for job site and yard surveillance and security to protect it from theft and/or vandalism.
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