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Droning on: How drone deployment is creeping into construction

 

Even up to a few years ago, the construction industry was known for reluctance to be early adopters, preserving safety through a cautious attitude designed to only deploy tried-and-tested methodologies for the sector. However, as with all industries, the construction sector has recently seen a surge of innovation, with fusions between the traditional and the new looking to transform the way that operatives work.

The most dramatic adoption recently has been the deployment of drone technology. Drones are transforming previous methods of working, bringing new dimensions to traditional structures and streamlining architecture and approaches for the construction industry…

Drone technology – the new standard for surveillance and safety

Drones have been gradually increasing in terms of usefulness and popularity worldwide, so it is no surprise that savvy construction-sector teams are deploying them with good effect. Use of drones has impacted a number of areas of the sector, including:

  • Enhancing infrastructure – drones affords a previously unheard of level of intelligence on construction job sites, through their ability to collate data and report on status for each package of work. Eliminating the requirement for manual labour, drones are able to provide consistent, accurate and timely intelligence to expedite projects and maximise issues resolution
  • Improved communications – drone technology has enhanced communication between construction firms and partners, and operatives, by providing immediate connectivity across parties on sites. No longer dependent upon ongoing briefings and updates, drones remove the usual tool-box talks and instead provide real-time communication on status of work, issues resolution and safety
  • Improved security – use of drones creates a 24-hour surveillance environment for construction sites, eliminating issues such as vandalism or theft, and affording greater insight into operative behaviours on-site. This enhances safety, and provides a reliable and consistent mechanism for maintaining site security. It also ensures that hazardous environments can be navigated safely, removing manual inspection in favour of digital, remote surveillance.

Falling beneath the radar: Drones exempt from regulation

The good news for the construction industry is that the standard sized drones used for the activities above only require a ‘hobby-sized’ model to carry out a great job. Hobby-sized drones come under the 4.4-pound weight threshold and 400-foot travel radius, meaning that there are currently no limits to how, where, when and why they may be used to benefit construction projects, and improve security and safety.

For a more in-depth look at how drone technology is transforming safety in construction, click here.

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