Drones in Construction
Why Is Visual Data So Important on a Construction Site?
The big benefit to using drones in construction sites is getting quick, accurate visual data of a site.
This data can then be used in a number of ways. It can be shared with clients, with internal teams, used to help improve safety, and to focus efforts.
Construction projects are often huge operations, with a lot happening over a large area. While building, visual information is the only way to know what’s happening on-site.
Project managers for construction companies will tell you that real-time control of the project is one of the most difficult things to maintain. Real-time control requires real-time data.
For instance, data is collected by construction personnel walking a site by foot, manually gathering information as they go. However this process is labour-intensive and slow, and doesn’t allow companies to react quickly to changes on the ground.
For example, after a big rain a site could have changed dramatically, rendering data collected the day before obsolete. If a potential problem on the site is missed for even a few days while a new report is created manually, the resulting delay could mean significant setbacks, which could end up delaying or pushing the project over budget.
The Case for Drones
Now compare this to the speed and efficiency of using a drone in construction work instead.
For instance with a 15-minute flight, a drone pilot can gather the same visual data that it might take a surveyor working for a construction company half a day to collect by walking on foot.
In addition the construction drone’s data will be more thorough and more accurate because the drone can capture visual footage constantly while in flight. This footage can later be processed automatically using software created just for this purpose into several different kinds of maps of the entire site.
Also, there are places on construction sites that are just too dangerous for a person to enter. After all, you’re not going to ask someone to walk around the edge of a sinkhole, or send someone onto the roof of a condemned building.
In conclusion, a construction drone can fly overhead and create a record of everything happening within a dangerous area, providing crucial information that will help determine how to proceed.
Here are some examples of the ways people are using drones in construction right now:
- Reporting to customers
- Identifying safety concerns
- Tracking progress and identifying potential problems / delays
- Creating 3D maps, which can be used for all of the above purposes, as well as to measure stockpiles of various materials on the construction site