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THE IMPACT OF DRONES TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

By January 28, 2019 No Comments

The introduction of the use of drones has impacted the construction industry in many ways. I will be outlining both the benefits and the challenges of using drones in the construction industry.

DronesMAPPING:
One of the major benefits of using a drone on a construction project is that it makes mapping easier: Imagine the hours/days it takes to map out acres of land if you must do it manually. Yes, it’s very time consuming. But with drones, no matter the size, makes it easy, quicker and more efficient.

VISABILITY:
Drones gives you a bird’s eye view of your site and what is always happening and are now playing a huge role in simplifying data collection.
If the general contractor or clients can’t come on a daily basis, drones provide a visual standpoint that they normally wouldn’t see from the ground.


PROVIDES VIDEO FOOTAGE:
Drones with cameras can do a proper survey, cover every part of the construction sites and provide video footage to stakeholders, and also be used in the companies digital marketing sectors for advertising and marketing.

IMPROVE SECURITY:
By constantly monitoring every part of the job site, drones protect employees and prevent act of vandalism. You don’t have to be at the site to find out what is going on there. 
Every construction site without security has a 98% chance of getting their tools, equipment, or materials stolen and their sites vandalized.

IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY:
Once employees see drones flying around, they know they are being monitored so they will reduce non-official activities thereby increasing their productivity. We all know the saying; “when the boss is away, the employees will play.”

HIGH-RISK AREAS
You will have high-risk areas that are difficult for a human crew to get to but a drone has no problem getting to them even if they are small locations.

DronesBIRDS:
If the site is where there are a lot of birds, using a drone will be a little difficult as large birds often attack it or collide with it.
WIRES: trying to navigate around telephone and electrical poles and wires can be challenging if not dangerous.

REGULATIONS:
To use a drone, you must comply with the strict regulations of Civil Aviation Authority. Unfortunately, these regulations change often as the drone technology is still a developing one. Violating these laws attracts either a large fine or incarceration depending on how serious it is.


RISK OF LITIGATION:
When people sight drones flying above them, they usually assume that they or their properties are being monitored with the drone. So, some of them may find out the owner of the drone and file a lawsuit against the company.

NO FLY ZONES:
You also have to cope with either temporary or permanent no-fly restrictions placed on certain areas that may be close to your site.

So, why not use a drone? We can see now how the pros outweighs its cons, it is a welcome development that should be encouraged.
Drones have become a mainstream technology for construction projects today. Why not join in this revolution?