Using Drone Data at Each Stage of a Construction Project

By Vikshut Mundkur and Arjun Janananda

It is an established fact that application of drone data can transform various industries.

In this blog, we will focus our attention on the application of drone data in the construction industry.

We will cover the opportunities for the adoption of drone technology to overcome many of the issues construction industry faces.

According to McKinsey, a world renowned consultancy firm, the construction industry has the lowest productivity gains over the years, in comparison to any other industry.

While Germany and Japan have seen no growth in productivity, the USA’s productivity has plunged by half since the late 1960s! Large projects take 20% longer to finish and run up to 80% over budget.

They note that one of the major reasons for the drop in productivity is the low level of new technology adoption. McKinsey compared U.S. industries in how much they spend on technology and how extensively they use computers in their operations using a digitization index of 1 to 100, with 100 being the most digitized. Here we see that the construction industry is clearly at the bottom of the list.

Amongst the measures that McKinsey suggests for solving these problems, the number one solution is using higher definition surveying and geolocation.

All this and more can be achieved very well using drones. Drone data can be applied at each stage of the construction life cycle to increase accuracy, reduce cost and save time.

A commercial drone costing nothing more than $1500, coupled with appropriate sensors, software applications for flight automation, data capture processing and analysis can bring in a sea change in efficiencies and reduction in cost across all phases of a construction project.

At Huviair, our drones play a vital role in generating outputs that help in the following stages of the construction life cycle:

Property purchase decision making
Aerial images and videos of the properties and surroundings cut short the time and provide comprehensive information to help with deciding on purchasing a property.

Land surveying
Overlapping aerial images processed with photogrammetry software provide a lot more outputs than traditional land surveying techniques, at a fraction of the time and cost.

Property layout and architecture designing
Photogrammetry outputs such as orthomosaics, 3D models and digital surface models, along with aerial videos and images help architects with taking their layout and architecture designs to the next level!

Earth work estimations and stockpile volumetric analysis
Point clouds and digital terrain models processed from drone data enable precise volume calculations of earthwork and stockpiles quantities.

Construction deviation and issue tracking
Overlays of the orthomosaic with site drawings help with detecting deviations and taking early corrective action, thus reducing thousands of dollars in change orders.

Construction progress tracking and inspection
Drones enable quick and automated site inspections. Comparing orthomosaics across various dates enable precise progress tracking and reporting.

Construction site asset and inventory management
Keeping track of various site assets using drone data analytics across the project time line helps with speed tracking the inventory management process.

Property marketing
Beautifully captured aerial videos and images of completed projects are great material to use in the property marketing process.

The construction industry is ripe for disruption and the right use of drone technology has the potential to transform the industry!

It’s time for the industry to up its game and become a forefront in drone technology adoption.

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