Is drone technology the future of construction?
Technology is constantly evolving at a rapid pace, and makes our lives better and easier for the most part.
From the fingerprint scanners to voice recognition to having the entire internet at the touch of a button, we are always surrounded by the latest innovative tech as part of our day-to-day life. Construction is no stranger to groundbreaking technology, and there is a certain type of new tech on the scene that is gaining a lot of traction.
Drone technology has taken the construction industry by storm as of late, and so we’ve decided to take a look at what’s involved with drones and some of the benefits of using this tech for construction projects.
What is a drone?
A drone, also known as a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) is a piece of flying technology that can be used for a multitude of reasons.
They come in a variety of different sizes, but usually feature a compact design and are controlled by someone on the ground.
While they were initially used for military applications, drones have been introduced as part of many different scientific and commercial programs. This rise in popularity has seen them used in a wide variety of industries, including construction.
What are the benefits?
Now that we’ve discussed what exactly a drone in, let’s look at some of the benefits that come with implementing their use into construction work.
Higher quality photography
Having the highest quality images to promote your work and your business is crucial in this day and age, and drones have the ability to take picture perfect shots and videos.
Social media is almost a necessity for businesses these days, and is a great way to promote the work you are doing. Operating drones will allow you to capture impressive footage and pictures from a range of different angles to provide interesting insights into a project and making great marketing material in the process.
The possible uses for drones as far as photography goes are practically endless, and will surely prove to be an asset to your company from a marketing standpoint.
Drones have grown in popularity to a point where they are replacing most of the traditional land surveillance methods, being able to provide a much more accurate survey in a fraction of the time.
Being able to fly a drone over a site and capture quality, accurate data makes for better business practises, taking a lot less time and saving money and man power in the process. Using drones for surveillance takes a lot of the labour out of producing accurate surveys, and can eliminate a lot of the human error that comes with it.
Drones can prove to be very useful for identifying any potential health and safety hazards as well, reducing the risk of injury significantly. Having a full view of the entire site allows you to monitor health and safety on-site, and keep your employees protected whilst working.
Some people have even replaced the phrase “bird’s eye view” with “drone’s eye view”, describing an elevated shot of an area.
Drones can improve the overall security of a site because they can be used to monitor the site at all times.
Unlike stationary cameras, drones can move around meaning they can cover a much larger area, and spot anything from potential health and safety risks to unwanted visitors or damage to property.
Drone technology allows for the most accurate and widest area of surveillance on the market, and drastically improves security as a direct result of this.
As there is no physical aspect involved in operating a drone, they can be used to survey potentially dangerous locations without having to risk somebody’s wellbeing, and can accurately assess the health and safety of the site.
They can also prove to be a good deterrent, putting anyone thinking of breaking into a property and trespassing on notice and letting them know they will be filmed. If site security is a big concern for your company (and it should be), the use of drones is simply undeniable.
Helps with transportation
Drones can be even used to transport items, usually in a quick and efficient manner.
Both their size and manoeuvrability makes them a great choice for transporting goods, and this process can be made a lot quicker because drones are airborne and do not have to adhere to road laws.
Using drones as a form of transport can be very beneficial to companies needing to transport goods in a hurry, being able to complete the task in a fraction of the time compared to traditional vehicles. Getting items transported quicker will not only save you time in the long run, but can save you a few pennies initially as petrol costs will be down and unnecessary trips aren’t made.
Communication & management improvements
As drone technology has improved and becomes more advanced, it has gotten to a point where instant communication and contact is available at all times.
Because drones are able to provide high quality surveillance footage, companies can monitor the progress of projects while off-site and manage employees behaviour and work load. Being able to have eyes on the ground at all times that can move around at the touch of a button is a great thing to have when updating the client on progress.
As we already know, delays can be caused by a lack of/slow communication, so drone technology can greatly reduce this and keep projects on track.
Better chance of winning projects
Drone technology allows work to be completed a lot quicker, which is always going to look good when bidding on a project.
Being able to complete projects in a fraction of the time is a great advantage to have, and pairing it with the implementation of some of the most innovative tech positions you as a serious contender for projects you are trying to win.
When tendering for contracts, clients will always look for companies that can deliver the goods in a timely but quality manner, and the fact that you incorporate the use of drone technology into your work will surely increase your chances.
Drone technology is something that has clearly made an impact already in the construction world, and we’re bound to see this innovative tech used in many different applications going forward.
This article has essentially only scratched the surface about the possibilities of drones in construction, and we’re personally excited to see where this kind of technology will be in the coming years.
How do you feel about drones? Are you ready to embrace the change or still feeling sceptical? Be sure to let us know and keep an eye on the Cornerstone blog for more interesting articles.