The benefits of using Drones in Construction
As the demand grows for increased safety and productivity on the job site, the construction industry finds itself turning to new technology. One innovation that has revolutionized the industry is the commercial drone. With an estimated $11.2 billion to be spent on drones in construction within the next few years, these aerial vehicles are rapidly becoming indispensable on the job site.
Offering a valuable aerial viewpoint and data-recording features, drones streamline the entire project cycle, from project scoping to inspection. With vast capabilities in every part of a project, drones are becoming a powerful business tool for construction companies.
Here are the ways drones are benefitting construction companies.
Efficient Land Surveys
With the ability to quickly survey large sections of lands, drones decrease the time and costs to create a topographical map. Construction managers can then use software to create 3D models and more accurately plan and scope a building project.
Easier Equipment Tracking
Instead of manually tracking equipment in lengthy spreadsheets, drones can conduct a fly-over of the site and record all equipment locations. This allows managers to assess which equipment needs to be on the field.
Drones can produce detailed progress photos, a valuable tool that can improve customer communication. Drones can also send internal progress reports, making collaboration easier between design teams, engineers, workers, and owners.
Increased Equipment Safety
Equipment theft is a major issue in the industry. Drone operators can done surveillance cameras to locate the storage of their equipment and detect any unauthorized individuals on the job site.
Falls pose the most danger to construction workers. Instead of climbing to make hard-to-reach measurements, workers can use drones to conduct measurements. Managers can also use drones to detect any unstable situations around their workers.
The thermal camera of drones allow them to inspect the stability of buildings and detect any heat or electrical issues. Even after a structure is completed, drones can be used to conduct ongoing maintenance.
Drones are not only a hot technology trend, but are quickly becoming the construction business standard. To learn more about how the benefits of construction drones, check out this infographic from BigRentz.
Article by Lior Zitzman, the Director of Digital Audience at BigRentz, a construction equipment rentals marketplace with a network of over 1,500 rental partners. He has more than 15 years of experience in enterprise-level SEO at automotive publishing and equipment companies.