Drone Technology In Construction
Imagine a flying marvel hovering over a construction site, solving age-old industry problems. It is happening today, thanks to the technology of UAVs/Drones coupled with ground-breaking software.
The construction industry is one of the oldest and the most humongous ones. There is always something getting built somewhere in the world. To give an idea, in 2020, the revenue was $12.6 trillion from the industry, still greater than 3X the GDP of India.
Professionals are constantly looking for ways to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and increase safety on job sites. In this blog, we will explore how with the help of drones, a framework can be put in for jobs ranging from the marketing of properties to the mapping of sites. Let us see how drones and & their applications can revolutionize the construction industry.
The major advantage of using drones is their ability to quickly and accurately survey and map sites. This helps in the pre-planning of a site which is critical to set up systems like water supply, drainage system, landscaping, etc. Traditional survey methods can be time-consuming and costly, but drones can cover large areas in a short amount of time, providing highly detailed and accurate data that can be used to plan and execute construction projects.
Manual site monitoring is one of the most labor, time, and capital-intensive processes which still does not guarantee precision. Drone Technology provides companies with the feature of real-time site monitoring, which is very advantageous, particularly for large construction or infrastructure projects. These equipped with cameras or other sensors can be used to capture high-resolution images, and videos or generate 3D models of the site, which can then be used to monitor progress, identify issues and track changes over time. Additionally, drones can quickly and easily access hard-to-reach or hazardous areas, ensuring safety at the same time making the processes more efficient.
Drones can be used to advertise construction projects. One common method is to use drones to capture aerial footage or photos of the construction site, which can then be used in marketing materials such as brochures, websites, or social media posts. This can provide a unique perspective on the project and help to showcase its size, scope, and progress. Another option is to use drones to create virtual tours or fly-through videos of the construction site or the finished project. We can provide the clips to the potential buyers or investors a sense of what the completed project will look like and what it will offer. Construction companies can also carry out weekly flights to capture the progression and provide it to their buyers. Carrying this out will instill a sense of ownership and build trust between the client and the company.
Falling accounts for around 34% of fatalities in the industry. UAVs will improve safety on construction sites by providing a safer and more efficient way to perform tasks that may be hazardous or difficult for workers to access.
Inspection of hard-to-reach or hazardous areas, such as roofs, towers, or high-rise buildings, can be carried out without workers physically reaching the area. It will help reduce the risk of accidents or injuries on the job. They can use sensors or cameras to detect potential safety hazards, such as gas leaks, electrical issues, or structural problems. Now companies can detect problems beforehand, helping to prevent hazards, accidents, or injuries on the construction site.
For a long, stockpile measurement has been a time-consuming and labor-intensive process, requiring workers to physically access and measure each stockpile. This can be particularly challenging for large or hard-to-reach stockpiles, or sites with multiple stockpiles.
By using drones equipped with cameras & sensors, it is possible to quickly and easily capture high-resolution images or video of stockpiles from multiple angles. These images can then be processed and analyzed using specialized software, which can automatically calculate the volume and tonnage of the stockpile. With this, the companies can more accurately track and manage their materials, ultimately reducing waste.
Overall, the use of drones in the construction industry is still in its early stages, and there is huge potential for further development and adoption in the future. As technology furthers, drones will likely play an increasingly important role in the construction industry.
These applications are only to name a few. Many are still in development to harness the potential of drone technology for the construction industry. As the cost associated with the visual data becomes low, we will witness many industries adopting drones to make their process more error-free, streamlined, and well-planned.