‘Drones’ which are also referred to as Miniature Pilotless Aircraft, Flying Mini Robots are gradually growing in popularity. Although they are still in their infancy stage concerning its adoption by enterprises, it still has made a place in the industries. Drone technology is used for numerous reasons in the construction industry as well. It works as a tool that improves security, communication, and marketing and also captures real-time images from the field. The innovation can be applied to the construction industry in the following ways:
1. Building Surveys: Most of the building surveys require the visibility of the building’s roof to identify its condition and assess any defect. Initially, pickers or ladders were required to get access to the roof which is both time-consuming and costly. Therefore, a small drone can be useful as it can save time, diminish any safety risks involved with surveying a roof or reaching out to places which are risky.
2. Site Inspection: Construction site inspection can turn out to be dangerous and complicated at times. Drone footage can be recorded safely and then forwarded to the stakeholders. Site inspection can be done at regular intervals, can cover large areas more efficiently and reduces the risk factors and can save time as well.
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3. Health and Safety Inductions: Site inductions can be a tedious and time-consuming procedure. Using a drone to fly over a site can show new health and safety risks in real-time. It also enables site managers to demonstrate moving cranes, moving vehicles, excavation areas, etc.
4. Maintenance Inspections: Maintenance inspections of high-up structures like bridges, towers, roofs involve costly arrangements and site personnel working at height. Here drones can play a significant role by providing real-time footage to the engineer by reducing cost and most importantly risk.
5. Project Report: Progress reports of the construction sites are prepared monthly to examine the progress of the particular project. The reports include photographs of various parts of the construction site. With the use of aerial shots and HD video, stakeholders can gain a better insight into the progress.
6. Promotional Photography: Impressive and unique pictures have become an essential part of construction enterprises to promote their business. The art of taking pictures from different angles can provide exciting sights of the building thereby helping estate agents to put forward powerful shots of the building they are looking to sell.
7. Thermal Imaging Recording: Drones can be used to take aerial thermal imaging recordings which can detect the cold spots in building and even the heat spots in areas holding electrical components. This can be helpful for engineers in having access to information when they are identifying and rectifying building defects.
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