20 December 2016

Drones in Construction

Drones are versatile and nothing really shows that as much as their construction uses. As one would expect, drones are generally good at land survey. The height and ability to get the lay of the land with minimal effort and cost. Drones are much faster than manned crafts and collect more detailed information than a typical human surveyor. Not only that, but they can provide more high-quality images than a satellite could achieve. This alone can be a great boon for the start of construction efforts since it could easily tell those on the site what to expect from the land they’ll be working on.

With the right software, a drone can be able to map certain points to be read in 3D as well as 2D. This would allow drones to not just get the lay and elevation of land but also be used to calculate mass of inventory like aggregates and dirt which might need to be transported from depots or from the site itself. Along with that, these points can be used to create 3D models. With the right software, this information could easily be converted to calculate the worth of the mass. Drones can also be used to mark these points on the images, allowing details of those points to be. Not only this be temporary roads and structures can also be marked to allow those who use the images to understand the lay of the construction sites.

Construction sites often require someone to check on them to see how progress is going. After all, management and those who commissioned the building need to see how progress is going as well as how fast or slow it is. However, arranging sightings can be hard work. A drone can be used to get images of the site with ease and with daily or even weekly flights, the acquired images can be used to create a timelapse of the site and its progress. Here a person would be able to easily see progress without being on the ground or there. With the detailed points that the drones can be told to make details on, more information could be shared, such as structures in use, roads that have been made, the amount of material on the site overtime and the building’s progress. This is a progress that drones have allowed to occur.

With the use of a tethered drone, it would be easier for a person to monitor the site for both security reasons and also to be the worker that ensure certain work is done under the supervision. This could free up workspace that could be dangerous for more than few people to be at. In addition, the drone could also allow upper management to get up-to-date viewing from remote locations without attendance to the site proper.

Drones in a construction environment are easily a very cost-effective and useful choice in many ways. The uses of a drone are much more than just typical land survey as one might first think. With advancements in software, a drone could easily have these uses and likely more are to come in the future. As it currently stands, it is expected that the construction industry will become a main user of drones due to their abilities with 3D Modelling and site surveying. Another boon is the saving of time. What might take days and weeks could take at most hours, saving time as well as cost to the construction business. Drone will likely gain more and more traction in the construction environment given the uses and benefits it brings.


Picture courtesy off Sky Revolutions

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