Drones are increasing in popularity every passing year as more and more people are using it for various different purposes. It has come a long way since it was first introduced during the 1st World War, when these models were launched by catapult or flown using radio control. It was, as a matter of fact, initially conceptualized solely for military purposes, however, fortunately, these unmanned aerial vehicles are now finding more friendly and particularly innovative uses.
Commercial drones have been making an impact on industries across the board, including the retail industry, events industry, more practical military uses, film-making and of course, the construction industry.
Speaking of which, the presence of drones has significantly made an impact in the construction industry and they are changing the way the industry operates. Every year, as the technology advances, more and more innovative uses of these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) exist. Let’s take a look at some of the ways drones of evolved construction operations and get an idea of what lies ahead for this unorthodox alliance.
Improvements to Infrastructure
Drones are easily piloted, can reach high-risk areas, etc. and provide superior endurance and intelligence on job sites by transmitting quickly the data to a live feed or an SD data storage.
UAV’s play a huge role in eliminating all the extra time needed to get the information thereby getting the work done faster. Additionally, the project becomes much more efficient as the need for manual labor that was required to do all of this has been removed from the equation. Instead of using human resources, heavy machinery & expensive surveying tools that produce complex data, you can get the job done in half the time & money, with accuracy that is significantly higher.
As they gain in popularity, drones will take on even more integral tasks involved in large projects. For example, increased use of drones and other related technology can cut a major chunk of wasted time spent on creating a skyscraper.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are rapidly replacing traditional land-surveillance methods. Drones in construction have made surveying much easier by playing a huge role in making data collection simple. You as the owner or manager can focus your energy on putting to use the data that is collected, rather than spending painstaking hours figuring out how to acquire it.
Commercial building management relies on surveying for wear and tear at least once a year. When a structure begins to deteriorate, the value of the building does the same. Traditionally, buildings are inspected by surveyors and inspectors climbing up onto the roof and other parts of the structure using scaffolding or harnesses. Through the use of UAV’s, this process is now done much more easily and more importantly, much more accurate.
Project managers can also opt to use 3D laser scanners that fly over the designated region and give the surveyor quality images of what the terrain appears like. Images captured during this inspection are very easy to use in modeling, and the rates to hire a drone pilot are way less than what you can expect to pay to ensure the person who would have had to manually do the job.
The advent of drones is causing a sharp increase in security efficiency. Whether the drones are used to maintain the safety of employees or to protect the job site from theft or vandalism, they are steadily seeing greater implementation in the construction industry.
Drones have the ability to practically be everywhere; reducing theft, and keeping workers safer. They create a continuous real-time monitoring system that can also safely survey dangerous locations, reducing workplace accidents and increasing job site safety. Safety managers can see what is happening in real time, and which areas can use drastic improvement.
Communication and Management
Drone technology has evolved to the point where instant connectivity and communication on the job site are at a surplus. Drones are being used more and more as a means of maintaining constant contact at worksites. Drones that feature mounted cameras can provide video footage to facilitate communication and surveillance.
They allow companies to keep the employees and workers connected and are considered an increasingly invaluable tool for superintendents and investors.
Already, communication and management are seeing a sharp increase in efficiency due to the ability to collect real-time data from drones. The decrease in delays in gathering data is having more of an impact each day. The ability to manage workflow 24/7 is unprecedented and is certain to have a significant impact on all manner of construction processes.
Transportation and Inspection
Everyone has read it on social media about drones being used for delivery for various retail and courier companies. This is the same case in the construction industry as UAV’s are being used to transport goods aerially that also allows companies to execute difficult inspections and keep track of everything that enters and leaves the job site.
Naturally, it saves money and time and keeps the site secure. Since drones are generally small with high levels of maneuverability, they are being used more and more as an alternative to traditional vehicles. Even better, drones do not have to adhere to traffic laws, which allows them to make deliveries in a fraction of the time, using half of the resources.
The construction industry is evolving at a rapid rate, and with all the innovations and changes to traditional methods comes the need for greater efficiency in every aspect of your business. As you consider ways to increase the efficiency of workflow, experimenting with drones in your operations might just be a good idea.