Evaluating stockpiles of materials on a construction site, known as stockpile volumetrics, is an essential task that drones are now performing with a high level of accuracy and safety.

Every construction site has mounds of raw and processed materials that sit around, are moved around, poured, combined, or assembled throughout the project.

At any time a work zone can have multiple stacks and piles of diverse materials, such as:

  • Aggregate materials – gravel, sand, stone, rock, etc.
  • Biomass – lumber, logs, mulch, etc.
  • Asphalt, cement, open storage bins.
  • Debris piles for removal.

The construction team needs to know how much of these materials they have on hand and order new material in time to avoid delays.

In the past, piles of materials were measured by human workers clambering over them, usually carrying GPS equipment.  The work was dangerous and not always accurate.

Drones have changed all of that.

Measuring construction stockpile volumes with drones is fast and accurate

Drones can quickly and accurately identify the fluctuations daily as work progresses and as buildings take shape and new materials arrive. Measuring the volume of materials on a construction site, keeping track of depleting inventories, and estimating and ordering the correct quantities all form a vital part of the construction process.

Drones can record the heights and surface angles of the pile and turn them into one 3D volume result (because construction thinks in weight rather than volume, the volume is converted to tonnage by including the density of the material in the calculation). This allows for the accurate and efficient management and measurement of the fluctuating volumes of materials arriving onsite and used in a project.

5 Ways Drones Are Changing The Construction Industry - White Paper

You can read or download the complete white paper “5 Ways Drones Are Changing The Construction Industry” that 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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