Drones have taken the world by storm. YouTubers, celebrities, hobbyists, and more are using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to increase video production quality and cinematography. In fact, the 2018 Olympic opening ceremony in Russia featured over 1,000 drones in a world record feat of simultaneous drone flying. Besides drones amazing entertainment capabilities, a variety of industries are employing drone use.
While dozens of industries are adopting the use of drones, the commercial industry is the fastest growing commercial user. But, why is the construction industry quickly adopting drone technology? Let’s discuss the ways UAVs are already used in the construction industry and how drones can improve your job site.
Top 5 Ways Drones Are Used in Construction
- Surveying Construction Zones
One of the major benefits of drones we’ve seen on our job sites is the ability to survey construction zones. Before beginning the construction process, we send drones to the job site. The data UAVs collect provides us with a detailed survey of the land or the existing structure. This gives us a better idea of what we are dealing with, how we can improve our construction plans, and what needs to be done. Not only does drone data provide first-hand land surveillance, but it also provides regular updates about each of our projects.
- Improving Infrastructure
Along with land surveillance, another benefit of using drones in construction is the improvement to infrastructure. Drone data provides builders with much-needed data on job sites that are much more accurate than it was previously. The data also has the ability to collect data that allows workers to complete the job with more accuracy and speed. They also take human error completely out of the equation and help assess more accurate completion times. This has improved our ability to communicate with our clients concerning what’s needed and how long it’ll take.
- Lowering Construction Costs
The case for drone use is pretty simple—it’s ability to lower construction costs. No matter how you slice it, drone data lowers the costs on any job site. This is because the vital data collected by drones requires little to no money. For instance, drones are cheaper to fly than manned aircraft. They are also faster at surveying the project than typical human inspectors. Drones also have the ability to collect data faster than both manned aircraft and surveyors.
Overall, drones allow builders a real-time progress report with a higher degree of accuracy for a cheaper price. This has dramatically improved the abilities of the construction industry and lowered the overall cost of construction.
- Monitoring Developments
While drones have improved the construction industry in many ways, better monitoring services are one of the greatest. This is due to the improved communication and surveillance that drones provide construction managers and clients. Drone footage not only helps facilitate connectivity between clients but also improves communication between construction teams. It also enables us to assess the project, find problems quickly, and finish projects using a more effective process.
- Securing Job Sites
The use of drones in construction is causing a major 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, drones are steadily improving the security of construction job sites throughout the industry.
How Drones Improve Construction Job Sites
Drones do more than improve communication on job sites and help keep projects on track. They also increase safety, save time and resources, fast-track land surveillance, and deliver job site security. It’s a technology that has proven itself time and time again and will continue to do so as it is used more frequently in the construction industry.
Contact Wollam Construction to learn more about how the use of drones on our job sites has improved our construction processes.