July 1, 2017 / By Johnnyb44
There are many moving parts to the development of any construction site, and drones can be useful in the optimization of that relatively complex process. While the move towards drone data collection is happening, it’s still a little hard to say that the adoption is happening as fast as it could be. This could be due to the world’s focus on the drones themselves rather than the solutions that they provide.
While many industries are discovering new applications for drones that help maximize ROI, here the focus is how data collecting drone is currently benefiting the construction industry, project pre-construction and construction scheduling, payment process, quality inspections, and quantity takeoffs are all tasks that will benefit from drone use. The commercial introduction of drones is changing the nature of these practices completely, providing proven efficiencies
Planning a project takes a lot of time and resources, but with a drone, data for a complete site assessment is collected within hours. Some of the time spent carefully inspecting and recording field conditions by hand is eliminated. Better detail is obtained as well as better overall project site perspective.
Superintendents, project managers, subcontractors, architects, and clients can combine efforts and collaborate with one data source. Minimizing job site visits and enhancing the decision-making process. 3D modeling, surface’s, and simple photos and video are some of the data products that support the planning process.
Tracking Progress for Schedule and Payment
On civil projects, large site commercial projects, or high rises, drones give the project team a powerful view of the site conditions for tracking progress.
Earthworks, steel erection, building skin, curtain wall, and finished grade vs. existing grade can be evaluated timely and more frequently. Collecting site analytics with drones is much faster than boots on the ground; Streamlining the decision-making and creating a better overall experience for stakeholders.
It bears repeating that drones are not an added expense to the project, but a tool to make many activities easier and more efficient. Ease, efficiency, and safety always translates to a better bottom line