Saturday, January 27, 2018

Drones Having Big Impact on Construction Industry

With the price of drones dropping to the point where not having one on your jobsite would be like not having a hammer.

Drones have already begun changing the way the construction industry operates, and those changes will continue. Here’s a look at some of the ways drones have already changed things and how these trends will impact construction operations in the future. Surveying Land Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are rapidly replacing traditional land-surveillance methods. Drone companies like Sensefly are offering mapping and surveying software with their drones. Drones greatly reduce the labor and time involved in producing accurate surveys. Drones eliminate much of the human error involved in the process and have the ability to capture necessary data in much less time than traditional methods would take. 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 builders and developers to keep tabs on employees and workers 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. Surveillance Drones have the ability to be practically everywhere at the same time. They don't just reduce theft and keep workers safer; they create a round-the-clock real-time monitoring system that has already been adopted by a number of construction companies. They elevate onsite security and safety by a tremendous margin.

One of the leaders in this area is Microdrones. Even though the FAA exacts strict standards on the use of drones, most models used by construction companies come in under the 4.4-pound weight threshold and 400-foot travel radius required to be considered “Hobby Class.” Drones that meet those criteria are not subject to stringent regulations. As of right now, they can be flown practically anywhere for any reason. Drones can also safely survey dangerous locations, reducing workplace accidents and increasing job site safety. Marketing Many builders are using drones for marketing on social media and their websites. Using them shows your prospective new home buyers you are embracing the newest tools to build their home. Downloading the video of daily progress on a customer’s home can be uploaded to the Cloud and made available to the buyer anytime night or day. If a buyer couldn’t be at their jobsite when the home was being delivered and set, they would love to see it that evening from the Drone’s viewpoint. 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.

The drones used for surveying and surveillance are not inexpensive but getting one for marketing purposes shouldn't set you back more than a couple hundred dollars. After using it until you are comfortable using it, it might be time to step up to the surveying and communication drones.

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