Drones are expected to dramatically improve the efficiency and accuracy of construction projects, as it has done for other industries. Also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, it is also used for improved communication and management. Just like a construction management software provides real-time updates in a document, drones capture real-time updates of the site.
United Stateshas seen huge progress in the drones industryand it is speculated that by 2020, around 7 million drones will be further deployed. In the drone market sector report of 2017, it was found that other than aerial photography, mapping, survey and GIS, the drones also offerconsiderable amount of automation in the construction sector. Helping with things like building inspection, design and monitoring. Irrespective of the size of a business, drones are being employed to add competitive advantage by many businesses.
Here are some of the different uses of drones in the construction industry:
Construction projects are time consuming due to lengthy planning processes. If done manually, there are several gaps created that hinder the building process of most projects. Getting an aerial view of the project area saves a lot of time, without missing the intricate details required for planning. Several measuring tools are slowly being deployed in the drones. In case of an emergency, you will get to know about the onsite issues even before you can rush to the site.
Need a quick survey of the construction site or modify the maps as per live recording? You can now quit those costly survey tools or employment of a human resource for collection of data. Drones can do all of it much more quickly and accurately. They can easily fly over risk prone areas where the human crew will face difficulty to reach. You can pilot the drone through a remote control and can store the data in the SD storage. After getting the raw data from drones you can upload it to the cloud-based construction project management software where several individuals related to the project can access the data instantly. There are 3D scanners which give the surveyor high quality images and he data can also be used to make a digital map of the area through GIS mapping technology.
- Data analyzing
Advanceddronescanorganize available data and help in visualization for analytics. Uploading these analytics are to the documentmanagement system software enables engineers to compare the plan with the details extracted easily.
Drones can scan remote areas that might be dangerous for workers. With the use of UAV, site inspections can be done easily, and potential hazards can be prevented.
- Accurate BIM models
Images and video foot ages collected by UAVs can be combined with sensor data to create 3D BIM models and renderings, which are absolutely accurate. True distances of a project area can be calculated. These tools can help clients see the practicality of a project. Project managers can track project updates, cut down costs, and identify mistakes.
Drone holds a great future ahead for the construction industry.