How are drones being used in construction?

In every decade, century or generation, there is usually an innovation that takes the entire world by storm. The discoveries of people such as Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, Wright brothers, John Logie, Charles Babbage, Bill Gates and many others made life simpler for all of us both in the 20th and 21st century and set the platform for many more inventions.

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One of the most important inventions of this generation is the drone technology. The ability to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle can only be looked at with great admiration because it has definitely made life easier. After years of being utilized in the military, their use is rapidly spreading to commercial and recreational application. Accuracy has definitely contributed a great deal as to why their use is becoming more popular every other day. They are very effective in instances where you want to completely avoid risking human life. With that in mind, the construction industry has greatly benefited from the licensing of drones for commercial use. In recent years, the use of drones in construction projects has increased tremendously. Construction companies, architects, engineers and designers all over the world seem to be quickly adopting the use of drones because it simplifies their job.

Uses of drones in construction

  • Helps with land surveying before any construction work commences. For instance, collecting soil samples at extremely elevated points is now made easier with drone technology.
  • Inspection of high risk areas in a construction site
    Inspecting certain areas in a construction site, such as the roof top of a sky scrapper or the highest point in a bridge becomes very difficult and risky, if you`re using tools such as ladders and cranes. However, all this is made easier if you`re using a drone thus enabling saving of time and resources.

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  • Makes it easier for site managers to demonstrate safety measures during site inductions
    It becomes easier to demonstrate to new staff members or site visitors about various sections of the site, accompanied by live images in real time. They learn first-hand about some of the areas to avoid unless authorized, and where their movements are restricted to.
  • Site inspections
    Drones enable round-the-clock monitoring of the construction site, hence making it easier to identify any incidents of theft, vandalism or redundancy.
  • Assessing construction progress
    Engineers and architects are able to assess the construction of various sections in real time, thus making it easier to identify any defects or mishaps.

  • Site photography
    Drones fitted with state of the art cameras are able to record HD videos and capture quality photos which can be used for marketing purposes while sending a portfolio of previous work to potential clients. Realtors can also make use of such images while selling a property to an investor.
  • Monitoring construction progress via live feeds
    Investors, engineers and other stakeholders are able to monitor the progress of a construction site remotely. You can be miles away and still receive real time images of an entire site.
  • Transporting light materials and equipment to extremely high points

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  • Improves overall communication at the construction site, from the investors, engineers, site managers all the way to the lowest ranked operator.

Disadvantages of Drones

  • Loss of jobs, The use of drones endangers the livelihood of certain professionals, by making their jobs obsolete.
  • Potential hazards such as colliding with people, thus causing injury or property damage.
  • The need to have the drones insured, which can sometimes be costly

Generally, drone technology enhances collaboration and communication in construction sites and ensures accurate surveillance.

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