Construction firms are the fastest growing adopters of drones compared to any other industry sector. Indeed, the use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicleS) on job sites grew by a staggering 240% in 2018 alone, according to a recent webinar by DroneDeploy – the drone surveying and 3D mapping app.
A recent study conducted by ProDroneWorx revealed the number of construction companies in the UK and Ireland using drone technology has increased significantly, with 52% of survey participants saying that they are now using UAVs, compared with only 33% in 2017.
Tangible benefits of drone use compared to traditional methods include:
Increased efficiency – a site survey can be up to 400 times quicker
Lower costs – cost savings of c.40%
Survey grade accuracy – compared to traditional, labour intensive land surveying, accuracy is typically 3cm horizontally and vertically
Enhanced data set – improved photographic visualisation in 2D and 3D
Whilst the demand is clearly there, the current model of simple, repeatable aerial surveys in low-risk environments is inefficient, not least because most drone missions are not simple, repeatable or low-risk. sees.ai is working with construction firms including Skanska to create a more centralised approach that is eminently scalable and more cost-efficient.