It’s a bird… it’s a plane… no, it’s a drone! Drone footage is changing the construction industry in a whole new way providing better management, safety, and more!
For those who don’t know, a drone is a small unmanned aircraft system that can be used for commercial purposes. The drone has a high-end camera with a stabilizer, so it’s able to fly up high and capture steady aerial photography, all by the use of a remote control.
Drone footage is becoming a popular replacement for traditional surveying methods because they reduce the labor and time involved with creating an accurate site survey.
Drone footage provides a bird’s-eye view of a job site that can be compared to site plans to catch anything that may have been missed, thus keeping the project on track eliminating the need to make changes later on.
Flying a drone around a job site at regular intervals, say once a week, allows everyone on the project to track the progress without visiting the job site, as well as catch any problems early, helping keep the project within budget and on track.
By mapping the project weekly, we can have a ton of data about the project and a visual progress timeline, which could be used to show your client.
Sometimes, you are going to be working on a project that is not straight-forward and you may be presented with out of reach areas you need to be able to see. For example, if the existing building on site is unstable, you are not going to want to send any workers in there to assess the situation, as it could be dangerous.
In such situations, drone footage is ideal. They are small and will not disturb the building in any way, as they don’t need to land on any potentially unstable surfaces. The camera can capture everything the project manager needs to see, without putting any employees in danger.
If you are a construction firm who is considering implementing drone technology at your sites, it is important to be aware that there is more to it than just choosing one and purchasing it.
Before you begin using drone footage, you need to apply for permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). You also need to decide who will be piloting the device, as they will need to pass a practical flight test and demonstrate they understand aviation theory.
While drones do require some investment, when used effectively they have the potential to save construction firms a lot of time and money, as well as make sites a safer place to work. It is only a matter of time until your competitors begin to use them to their advantage, so make sure you stay ahead and embrace this fantastic piece of technology.
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