How drones can drive efficiency in construction

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. is working with construction firms including Skanska to create a more centralised approach that is eminently scalable and more cost-efficient. 


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