It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … drone? The construction industry has officially entered the 21st century.
In recent years, engineers have worked to develop a number of improvements to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. Today’s drones are typically small, remotely controlled devices that fly considerable distances while filming and taking pictures from above. The recent technological advances have been extremely helpful to many commercial builders.
When drones first came onto the construction scene, there was some controversy regarding their use. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) initially prohibited the civilian use of drones because they were seen as a military threat. After a few years and the placement of various regulations, the FAA now allows certain drones to be operated without a permit. Depending on the weight and size of the drone to be used, construction companies may need to obtain a permit, but most do not.
So what are the perks of using drones on commercial construction sites? Here are just a few:
1. Pre-construction Evaluations
Before construction even begins on an area, companies can send a drone out to take pictures and conduct surveys of the space. This offers the contractors an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the construction site in a more convenient and expeditious way than previously possible. It also allows them to create improved blueprints and plans.
2. High Definition and Easy Access
There are many different types of drones, and they offer a range of technologies and price points. Some drones are equipped with high-definition cameras, allowing contractors to capture better images of their sites. A huge advantage of today’s drones is that you can access most of the pictures they take on your iPad or computer. Kespry, a drone system used by many construction companies, offers a mobile app that allows you direct access to the drone’s recordings.
If you are going to purchase a drone, make sure to check out all the features available. Increased spending on more advanced technology can really pay off in the long run.
3. Progress Tracking
Another top reason construction companies use drones is to check up on their sites and make sure everything is on track. Some drones even enable the creation of progress maps, for which the drone takes picture of the site, then the associated software compares it to a picture of where the site’s progress should stand at a particular point in time.
Drones can also be programmed to track the progress of each individual worker on a construction site throughout the day. Image in Flight is one company that specializes in tracking construction workers and their progress. For more information about the company and the capabilities of its products, check out this article.
With the introduction of drones and UAVs on construction sites, construction time is sure to improve while fewer and fewer problems arise. If you have any questions about Coastal Structures and how we can help with your project, please give us a call at (843) 546-4491 or visit us online at CoastalStructures.com.