The planning phase leading up to the construction of a new building used to be a long and arduous process, but the introduction of drone use has greatly simplified this process. Here are some ways in which the use of drones has revolutionized the construction industry:
Aerial Surveys and Inspections
The primary use of drones in construction is to conduct aerial surveys of the land prior to building. Instead of a group of workers trudging endlessly over the area, a single drone operated remotely by a worker can perform flyovers and record data in the form of thousands of images. Using the right equipment set up, drones can be used to create a map of an area accurate to within just a few centimeters.
The images taken by the drone are used to create maps and 3D models of the entire site which can then be integrated into software like Autocad. This highly accurate 3D model can then be used to make designs that can be endlessly tweaked without making expensive real-world prototypes.
The technology that goes into creating the 3D model is constantly evolving and getting better features. While in the past making changes to the existing model used to be a long and complicated process requiring the services of a software engineer, the programs available today are much more user-friendly and easy to use.
Thermal Image Scanning
A more recent addition to the drone’s capabilities, thermal scanning of the area can be used to detect any danger areas such as fires, electrical hotspots or possible fault lines that can become a threat to the worker’s safety or the construction process. Aside from visual inspections, a program can also be used to automatically detect threats which may be revealed by irregularities in construction or the presence of a foreign matter in a place where it should not have been.
Once the building is nearing completion, it becomes necessary to inspect its various parts that might pose a threat to the construction crew or building owners, such as buildings with weak foundations or walls. In the past, this work was done by teams of men who had to make elaborate plans and spend time putting on the necessary protective gear before venturing into such spaces. These days, all it takes is a drone flying into the area under the supervision of a single worker to make sure an area is secure. This saves the company’s time and money while also minimizing the threat to the lives of workers.
The combination of drone technology and the internet has allowed owners to oversee the progress of their building construction from over a vast amount of distance. Even if you are in another country, you can instruct the workers to connect the drone to a laptop and fly the machine according to your directions. Thus, you can have a bird’s eye view of the building over time in all its phases of progress until full completion. Owners also use this method to keep an eye on workers to ensure the work is being performed at a satisfactory pace. The work that is still left to be done can also be explored using the 3D model option for visualizing the completed building.
The footage captured by the drone camera is a visual proof of the entire construction process from start to finish. This footage acts as a record for the actions of the construction company. In case there are any disputes about land ownership or encroachment charges, the recorded video can be used as evidence in court to prove the legitimacy of the operation. This is the reason why most companies do not delete the drone camera footage after project completion, but keep it stored among their records.
Real Time Information
One of the most attractive features of drone surveying is the immediacy of the service. The footage that you view is not from an earlier time, but from that very moment. This helps keep the survey data completely up-to-date and results in more accurate models being made that take into account the existing terrain. Drones are also used to keep an eye on the weather and surrounding environment to watch out for unexpected problems like rain or storms.
Thus we see that drone tech has been a significant part of the simplification of the survey, planning and construction of buildings, in addition to lowering costs and saving the company’s time.