“Drones have become the go-to tool for construction firms to track, map, survey, inspect, and manage worksites more efficiently and safely,” said Dan Burton, founder of DroneBase, a drone pilot network that provides support for construction companies. “Through aerial imagery and data, builders can map projects, report progress updates and gain insights through advanced analytics to make better, faster and more reliable decisions.”
5 Key Benefits of Drones for Construction
UAVs (also referred to as drones) are quickly becoming just another job site tool. Here are the top 10 benefits that drones can bring to a construction company:
- Sales Tool. Drone photography can be an important sales tool. By utilizing aerial photos as well as mapping and surveying tools, you can improve your planning and bidding ability.
- Progress documentation. Aerial views can greatly improve on your progress photos and help stakeholders to easily visualize the project’s progress.
- Improve quoting accuracy. Aerial surveys can provide fast and accurate land surveys to help you calculate cut/fill measurements.
- Maintain Accuracy. Being able to get fast and accurate measurements on-demand can help maintain project accuracy and reduce reworks.
- Improve safety. Perform inspections in dangerous areas without putting anyone at risk. Drones also allow you to identify and mitigate potential hazards before they cause harm.
While dozens of industries use drones, the fastest growing commercial adopter is the construction industry. Drone use on the job site has skyrocketed in the last year — surging 239% — and construction is now the leading sector according to DroneDeploy.
What are construction companies using drones for?
According to DroneDeploy, the top 5 uses of drones is use by construction companies are:
- Progress tracking and communication
- Preconstruction and site planning
- Quality control and assurance
- Bid process
- Job site risk mitigation
How Big is the Accuracy Problem?
The current worth of the construction industry is estimated at 8 trillion dollars a year. According to a report by McKinsey and Company, the typical commercial construction project runs 80% over budget and 20 months behind schedule.
“On-screen, in the architect’s CAD file, everything looks perfect. But on-site, in the mud and dust, things are different. And the difference between concept and reality is where about $3 trillion of that $8 trillion gets lost, in a cascade of change orders, rework, and schedule slips. Drones are meant to close that gap.” – Chris Anderson, CEO of 3DR
“We’ve had a 10-15% accuracy increase [with drones]…that alone has saved us thousands of dollars every year.” – Doug Stout, Compliance Manager, Eucon Corporation
What is the Go-To platform for the construction industry?
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