Using Drones for Construction Project Monitoring
Traditionally, to get aerial views of construction sites for progress monitoring, photographers went up in helicopters to get a ‘bird’s eye view.’ This method is time-consuming, expensive, and inefficient, which is why sending up unmanned aerial vehicles is rapidly gaining popularity. UAVs, or drones, are controlled by an experienced pilot and can be flown high above the job site, sending real time information to the engineers and project managers on the ground, while also collecting high-resolution images that can then be used by licensed surveyors and mappers to create 3D models. Just as important, the drone is able to be flown closely to the construction area, providing zoomed in shots of multiple areas around the jobsite.
Construction companies and developers can use drone construction progress monitoring for the following uses:
- Tracking development and progress on a regular basis by flying drones in the same pattern at regular intervals;
- Creating 360° views of the job site;
- Providing comprehensive safety inspections and quality assurance to make certain that the area is safe and compliant with state and local building codes;
- Turning data into 3D models to provide investors with a realistic look at the project;
- Creating CAD overlays to ensure the project is aligning with design plans;
- Determining progress rates and ensuring the project is moving according to schedule;
- Keeping track of job site inventory, including equipment and materials;
- Identifying areas where structural integrity may be a concern or discovering problems before they become expensive and difficult to fix and repair.
Benefits of Drone Construction Progress Monitoring
Using aerial photography, investors get a comprehensive view of the jobsite, from planning to completion. In addition to improved communication, consider these additional benefits of using drones for construction project monitoring:
By relying on drones to capture data, rather than scheduling helicopters, cranes, or other methods of getting aerial surveillance and images, you can get the information you need in a fraction of the time. Our drone teams can scan up to 700 acres in a day, meaning you’ll get more accurate information in a shorter amount of time.
In addition to drones being a safer method of recording data, drone construction inspections allow you to improve safety on the job site. As images are returned to you, you can see where there are unsafe locations or areas of the build that may not be in compliance with building regulations. Seeing these issues as soon as possible or before an official inspection can save you time and money in repairing them down the road, and most importantly, prevent a jobsite injury.
Regular Information and Data
Drone construction progress monitoring can be performed much more frequently than other methods of aerial observation. With more frequent progress scans, you can more accurately determine your timeline and update it as needed as well as find areas of the project that are behind schedule. You will also have more opportunities to share up-to-date details with investors and developers, keeping them better informed and building confidence in the project.
Drones can be launched at a fraction of the cost of using a helicopter or other aerial methods. In addition to the short-term costs of replacing traditional methods, using drones in construction project monitoring allows you to see where productivity may be lagging, ways you can avoid safety problems, and, as we mentioned above, spot red flags before they become serious issues. All of these come together to keep your construction project within budget and on time.
Why Choose FlyGuys?
FlyGuys has a national network of drone pilots, all of whom are FAA certified and insured. Additionally, we have a variety of sensors, including LiDAR, cameras, and other cutting edge equipment to ensure you’re capturing the dataset you need to best meet your goals, whether that’s high-resolution imagery or 3D points to create models of your project. With competitive pricing and fast turnaround times, you can feel confident that you’re investing in the leader in drone construction progress monitoring.
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