How To Use Drones In Commercial Construction

drones in commercial construction

Drone hobbyists love testing out their flight skills and taking drone’s-eye view shots of beautiful places.  But are there any valuable applications for this kind of technology for businesses?

In commercial construction, in particular, the answer is yes. This is because there are many ways that drones can provide noticeable benefits – not just in terms of novelty but by providing a measurable impact on the execution of the construction process. In this post, we explore five of these benefits.

5 Benefits of Using Drones in Commercial Construction

1. Assistance With Mapping And Surveys

Traditional surveying and mapping can take a lot of time, and labor, since details that can’t be seen from above need to be checked manually. If you’re building in particularly challenging terrain, getting an accurate map or survey results can also be tricky, if not downright dangerous for one of your team members.

For this reason, drones are a great way to take the cost, effort and human error out of surveying and mapping. This is because not only is drone flight and LiDAR sensor technology improving, but mapping software that scans and provides helpful 3D modeling images is becoming more adept too.

The whole process also takes a lot quicker with drones, and they can get into hard to reach places more easily.

2. Ability To Communicate In Real-time

In addition to being more maneuverable, and able to provide 3D mapping images for more detailed analysis, drones can also transmit data in real-time.

This means that remote monitoring can provide both an opportunity to report on progress and discover any issues, at the same time. For example, instead of having to spend time and resources to get stakeholders to the specific location, all relevant persons can meet and go through the data together, while the drone is collecting data.

In addition to convenience, this means that any critical issues can be responded to a lot quicker, especially with the assistance of finely tuned modeling and communication software.

3. Provide Improved Safety And Security On-site

Following on from the points above, drones are beneficial for the commercial construction industry because they help to make certain processes safer, both from a physical and a security point of view.

As we mentioned above, drones can get into certain areas more easily and safely, so no need to take any unnecessary risks with extra scaffolding and manpower.

From a security point of view, drones can also provide surveillance data that one can use to monitor personal safety as well as the security of any resources that are being used and stored on-site.

4. Assistance With Reporting And Marketing

Apart from providing a range of practical and real-time functionality on the ground, drones are also very helpful for making reporting on the construction progress a lot simpler and easier. As mentioned above, remote monitoring and drone’s-eye view images can be used in conjunction with progress reports, to streamline the construction process and save time and resources.

While this is extremely helpful, drones can also provide valuable marketing material, as all of the shots taken of the property being developed from above are not only useful for managing stakeholders during the development phase but are also valuable when engaging with investors, realtors, future tenants, and property owners.

5. Technology Helps To Conserve Resources

In the points above, there is a common thread of improved efficiency and process management with the use of drones. However, despite the upfront costs in purchasing a drone and the necessary software, this technology can help to save considerable resources, both human and monetary, in the long-term.

While drones are part of emerging technology and are being tested in various industries, there is no doubt that investing in this kind of technology will pay dividends in the years ahead. This is especially because the demand for this type of tech will no doubt increase and the cost of purchasing the necessary devices will go down.

Final Thoughts on the Benefits of Drones in Commercial Construction

In this post, we’ve outlined just five of the many benefits that drones provide in the commercial construction industry. To summarize, they provide valuable 3D modeling, can communicate in real-time, provide surveillance data, capture images for both monitoring and marketing purposes, and help to save money on current and future projects.

While there are many other reasons why drones are beneficial in commercial construction, the above five will give anyone in the industry a solid idea of what this kind of technology can do to provide a more streamlined building, management, and handover process (which we know involves many different stakeholders at various levels).

If you are unsure about how drones could benefit your particular project, feel free to contact us to find out more.