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5 reasons why construction firms need to start using drones

Drones are being used more-and-more each day for commercial applications. The lightweight and versatile devices are finding new uses all the time, inclu...

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|Dec 17|magazine5 min read

Drones are being used more-and-more each day for commercial applications. The lightweight and versatile devices are finding new uses all the time, including in the construction industry. 

Construction Global takes a look at five ways they can be put to use on-site.

1. Conducting aerial surveys

Before a project even gets underway, drones can be used by surveyors and construction firms to conduct aerial inspections and evaluations of a site. This is particularly useful in urban areas, where space is often tight. Aerial imagery can be taken and measured against tools such as Google Maps to calculate site dimensions, height restrictions, and access points. Using drones for this purpose will save construction firms and project managers time, money and resources.

2. High definition video and imagery

Drones have the capability to be fitted with high-definition cameras. With this level of technology on-board, users on the ground are able to survey a site in real-time, but also capture video and imagery. Traditionally, aerial footage would have to be captured from a helicopter or light aircraft and the fuel cost alone makes drones a much more viable option.  

3. Worksite surveillance

Surveillance is one of the main benefits of drone technology in the construction sector, but it isn’t limited to land management. Drones can also be used to monitor contractors on site, to ensure health and safety standards are being met. Security firms can also use them at night to protect against theft and trespassing. Once again, traditional, static CCTV is more expensive and less mobile.

4. Light management and planning

Lighting and light pollution is a key concern for construction firms. Drones can be deployed at night to monitor illumination on site, ensuring it is even and not spilling past set boundaries unnecessarily. Even with careful planning there can be a variance between what’s expected and what happens, so drone tech can help manage and rectify this.

5. Movement of materials

Amazon has begun using drones to transport goods to its customers and construction firms can use them much in the same way. Moving materials and equipment on site can be done using drones – this is particularly useful in hard-to-reach places.