Drones are a natural fit in construction projects, offering help in numerous ways.
Safety is a big challenge in construction. It’s a dangerous job, and drones can increase project safety dramatically by going where humans can’t easily get to without using a harness or scaffolding, or other risky and time-consuming – and completely necessary – safety precautions.
Sending drones with their superb cameras and other sensors to inspect all surfaces of new construction every day saves elaborate and risky setups for workers, but also results in far better inspection records than was previously possible.
Drones can fly inside structures and underneath surfaces, and their high-resolution images can be as detailed as a serial number or a bar code. This imagery is always on record for review at a later time, and is accurate enough to take measurements from if questions arise. This can save the need to re-inspect an area that by then may be enclosed or covered over.
The Asset Drone white paper, Five Ways Drones are Changing the Construction Industry, says it best:
Drones offer an unprecedented ability to monitor the progress of construction projects and compare it with the intended planning. With 3D modeling, high-resolution photography and the ability to take progress photos from the same vantage points throughout the project, drones have unique visualization capabilities.
Drone data is digital and ready for use in most BIM and CAD software. New imagery taken of current conditions can easily be compared with architect drawings and early-estimate calculations and models. Imagery can be studied in the trailer each morning, and equally well sent around the world to investors.
The task of comparing as-built with plans can happen practically continuously, with drone flights scheduled to perform close inspections. The construction daily report highlights not just what was done that day, but what discrepancies from planning were found and fixed before they grew more serious.
The white paper again:
Drones bring real-time management and auditing to the construction site, which means the difference between wasted costs and actual performance.
This accruing digital record helps prevent one of the great problems of any project, which is discovering and reporting an issue and then forgetting to fix it. The daily report, greatly enriched with data and imagery, is always available to review.
Drone inspection data is crucially important to the project team, but it’s also of great use to the numerous inspectors who will be involved with any project, who can observe the site before inspection, and flag areas for special review. Over time, the drone records and other plans constitute a tremendous resource of intellectual property that shows how the completed project was actually built, every step of the way and in high-resolution detail.
Learn more about how drone services are helping the construction team effort in our free, 5,000 word white paper: Five Ways Drones are Changing the Construction Industry.