How Construction Firms are Using Drones

There have been plenty of articles published about the potential of drones in commercial industries, like construction. As the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has become more common, companies are ready to explore where and how UAVs can make a difference in their bottom line, crew training, data collection and more.  Below are a few ways construction companies are benefiting from the use of drones. 

Prevention of Errors

Many construction professionals understand what it can mean to spot an issue before it turns into a problem. One of the largest benefits of drones that construction companies have seen firsthand is the prevention of any large or small problems that could result in losing time or money.  Error prevention often comes during surveying and monitoring job sites and the collection of data.

Better Data Collection

While drones are a unique type of technology, they are also just another tool used to collect data. UAVs are cheaper to fly than manned aircraft and faster than human surveyors, and they collect data far more frequently than either, letting construction workers track a site’s progress with a degree of accuracy previously unknown in the industry. Increased accuracy in data leads to better informed decision making and a more efficient and high-quality project.

Higher Safety Levels

Drones have the ability to safely detect working conditions before a worker is dispatched.  They can hover over a location that is too dangerous for a worker and can save lives by monitoring workplace conditions in areas that are hard to reach. With drone technology, managers can see what is happening in real-time and look to prevent accidents and injuries.

While it isn't always easy to quantify the ROI of using drones in every situation, it is apparent that they are able to do things faster, cheaper or safer. Users might not be able to see these distinctions in every single task a drone performs, but those differences are evident across an entire project.