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Can drones transform your construction business?

Being in the construction industry you might not immediately look at drones as a way to gain a competitive edge in your sector. Industries ranging from agriculture to entertainment and media are taking full advantage of the benefits drones offer. But, did you know that one of the most rapidly growing sectors is infrastructure development including construction.1 

When looking at how you can improve your offering to clients and customers, now could be the time to look at available technology and which areas of your construction business drones could help with. 

6 ways drones can transform your construction business

Gain access to remote or dangerous locations
Being able to avoid the dangers of accident and injury, drones are a benefit to the safety of your employees. They can also gather project information that might have been impossible using traditional manpower.  

Collection of useful data
Using the data captured from one project to the next can help shape future project plans, and give better understanding when things have gone wrong.

Carry out inspections
When it comes to inspecting at height, drones can reduce the need for staff to climb scaffolding or scale roofs to check for damage or issues. 

Capture project progress
Being less labour intensive drones can update on site progress and can be deployed when the need arises. Information captured can be sent to clients to give them real time, live updates. 

3D drone mapping 
Both before work starts and during construction, being able to cover an area with a camera allows accurate land mapping and measurements to be taken. These can be used to create pre-build models and also track and maintain the accuracy during construction.

Drones for surveillance 
Using a drone can enable an overall view of the project site which means an extra layer of security for your site.  Using a combination of CCTV, security staff and drone coverage can make a big difference in preventing any potential break-ins and thefts. 

As well as the cost and time savings drones can provide, the ability to keep a catalogue of project data and imagery can enable you to make much more ambitious and impressive bids. You can also boast regular flows of information across the project lifecycle, making regular and meaningful client updates a reality. These updates can help keep a client engaged  and allow you to show timely decision making.2 

UK drone law

Moving forward with the latest technology is a great way to keep your construction company up to date and competitive. But with new technology there are also new risks.

It’s best to make sure that you are aware of the laws about drone usage before you invest in your new piece of equipment.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are the body in charge of creating the regulations for the use of commercial drones. Permission from the CAA is also required for any commercial operation with a drone.

A commercial operation is defined as; ‘Flight by a small unmanned aircraft’…’in return for remuneration.’3 

The CAA website contains important information about the use of drones for both recreational and commercial use. If you are considering using drone technology, then you should check the CAA guidance to make sure you’re legal. 

New technology requires additional research and preparation. It is worth taking the time to research the risks fully before committing. However, the benefits could help take your business to the next level, setting you apart from the competition.

Sources:

1. geospatialworld.net/blogs/an-aerial-view-of-the-future-drones-in-construction/
2. thenbs.com/knowledge/drones-in-construction
3. caa.co.uk/Commercial-industry/Aircraft/Unmanned-aircraft/Small-drones/Regulations-relating-to-the-commercial-use-of-small-drones/
4. constructionreviewonline.com/2018/03/drones-in-construction
5. bimplus.co.uk/analysis/how-drones-can-help-monitor-health-and-safety/

 

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