From a bird’s view to drone’s view – 7 changes drones are making in the construction industry

Drone footage of the inside of a house under construction surrounded by building equipment taken at sunrise in spring 2019

Drones are changing multiple sectors and services since its evolution. Talking about the construction industry in specific, where engineers work on mega-scale areas, drones here are improving surveillance, site monitoring, safety and a lot more. This effect of drone entry is changing the game in the industry and enhancing quality production. Here are some of the main important drones’ benefits to the industry:

  1. Site Surveillance

Construction surveillance requires very accurate measurements and requires exitance in hard-to-reach point as under constructing a building’s rooftop. The traditional method was to walk the scaffold with your laser device and assistant to record the measures. Now it’s all done through flying the drone to the specific point, record result, and get back.

  1. Marketing

Either a construction or real estate companies need drones in the marketing job. In the first case, the drone will be responsible for capturing site images and record the progress that can be easily edited to a digital marketing video. In the second case, the drone is accountable to fly through the finished building or resort and capture striking images that can be also used for marketing these properties’ sales.

  1. Virtual reality tracking

If you are an owner or a person from a non-construction related field, what matters to you is to see how your project is going. A virtual walk through the building is the ultimate experience you can have remotely to track and check your project development’s performance and it can effortlessly be done by connecting a VR device with the flying drone.

  1. Safety insurance

Drones are highly used in construction to protect labourers from any sudden hazard and protect materials and resources from vandalism. It’s essential and less costly than installing fixed cameras everywhere, you already cannot set a camera in every angle in the site, while the drone can do the same job at an instance.

  1. Construction inspection

In the construction site, you have different types of controls. First, the site inspections where drones can be much easier to carry out inspections in less safe points; this way site inspections can be done over large areas at once faster and more accurate. Second, is maintenance inspection where also drones can do by taking HQ images and sending real-time situation to the construction manager responsible for the maintenance role.

  1. Communication

Drones have played a significant role in enhancing communication on-site by improving the ability to have real-time data all updated and oriented to the target stakeholder. Drones can help operating video communication with any site labourer even in the worst connectivity statues and in any location.

  1. Thermal imaging

Thermal imaging is similar from the traditional laser scanning and is used to indicate unusual temperature cold/ heat spots in the building. Also, in creating otrthomosaic maps that measure stockpiles and all the site materials.

Coupling the use of drones with the new defect tracking app as PlanRadar can guarantee a fast and efficient project production. Because while the drones are capturing, you record tickets, allocate them the responsible contractor and track completion.

Different types of drones for different uses

Drone footage of the inside of a house under construction surrounded by building equipment taken at sunrise in spring 2019

While checking your needs before getting a drone, you must know that every type of drones carries various sensors to operate different tasks. First, there is the photo and video equipment, and this is in the drones tasked for taking images, site monitoring and inspection. Second, there are the thermal sensors that are in the drones tasked for creating thermal maps. Third, there are the geo-location and metrics sensors like GPS and these are located in the surveillance and VR drones. What also matters while choosing the drone that matches your need is mainly three aspects according to Autodesk

From a bird’s view to drone’s view - 7 changes drones are making in the construction industry

Size and Payload: This is the load that the drone can carry and fly with, it’s essential to know the payload from the beginning because it will determine the weight of the equipment you’ll attach to the drone.

Battery life: How long can you use your drone, the longer the battery life, the longer it can fly with no need for a recharge.

Taking off and landing pattern: Different drones fly with different models. Some fly tethered, vertical or should move on a runway.

Drones are the next spaceship that you can utilise according to your needs. Smart corporates and construction firms started getting use of it. Don’t be left behind and take the next step to upgrade your business strategy and routine.