Inspections of construction sites are easier now because of drone technology, but should you do it yourself or hire a drone pro? Doing it yourself may save you money, but is the cost savings enough to justify a DIY approach to something so important? This subject is covered in our white paper, “Five Ways Drones are Changing the Construction Industry”, which discusses the five most popular uses of drones and how they are changing and improving the construction industry.
The construction firm can do its own inspections, but will it improve results and reduce risk if they do it themselves? Or would hiring an outside firm be a better option in the end? Here are some of the advantages of hiring a specialized drone service company:
- Drones themselves are still undergoing regulatory evaluation, as well as barely scratching the surface of technological development. Specialized drone companies can keep up with the technology and regulations whereas a construction firm may not want to. This lets the construction firm concentrate on doing the best job they can in construction instead of investing in a new body of knowledge.
- Data collected by a drone constitute a valuable body of intellectual property, which means copyright laws are involved. Currently, U.S. copyright law gives ownership to the person who snaps the picture, not the person flying the drone or who owns the equipment or pays the worker. This would be a legitimate legal issue if a construction firm decided to DIY it instead of hiring a professional company.
- Safety is always a major issue on any construction site, regardless of what the task is. The drones themselves can be hazardous to humans and property unless flown responsibly. Amateurs may not be able to respond to immediate problems such as cranes, power lines, or bad weather when doing an inspection on a construction site.
- Professionals and pilots who are FAA-certified, skilled, and heavily insured for drone-specific aviation liability should be hired to provide drone services in any construction project. Because the FAA controls all U.S. airspace, you need to have written approval to fly a drone for any construction site inspection.
- Amateurs may not be aware that you cannot fly a drone over people’s heads. Not only is this unsafe, it could potentially be very risky and dangerous behavior. Again, the technology and regulations may not be something that an amateur wants or can keep up with.
- Within the airspace and around a construction site, there are many things that could cause a problem with a drone: inclement weather, losing control of the drone, no preflight checks for equipment and conditions…all these things could cause problems for an amateur drone operator who is not experienced in addressing these issues.
It is easy to see that a professional full-service drone operation can reduce risk and liability, improve the bottom line, and produce a clear, positive ROI for the construction firm if used appropriately.
To learn more, download the white paper “5 Ways Drones Are Changing The Construction Industry.” It details the innovative ways drones are being used throughout construction projects, from the initial pre-construction survey, through safety monitoring, in-progress imagery and final turnover inspections.
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