Construction is a completely on-site oriented industry and a lot of inspection work is involved in the work flow. The areas are also hazardous sometimes for inspection considering the heavy structures, critical heights, pollution and the vastness of a site. Drones are fast catching up with all major industries and they can be leveraged in the construction landscape as well–right from from planning to monitoring and managing operations.
The base of a construction planning starts from the survey. Survey is a meticulous job involving lot of walking and climbing through bare land, and intricate recording and analysis of data. This tedious hard work is all done to get the topographical mapping of a site.
Enterprises are leveraging drones equipped with high resolution cameras to get high-end images of a site rather than calculating and plotting it. The details coupled with other geographical information can provide an integrated analysis and plan of the site.
Drones can be the ear and eyes to a construction site that can be flown over the site to get a comprehensive view of structures sprawling across acres and decide if the constructions are in line with the actual design. Cloud connected drones can be used to scan a structure and create BIM modelling and 3D imagery to be shared to the owners and stakeholders in a different city on a regular basis. The inspection also tends to happen in real-time.
Test samples from the site are analysed at laboratories with high-end equipment. Laboratory testing involves simple process like classification and index testing of soil to complex test like triaxial test. Investigation of gases, frozen soil within the sample are also done at this stage. Offshore laboratory testing includes vital information like water content, bulk and dry density and qualitative carbon component.
Construction fields are opening up to more and more drone surveillance. This is one of the happening technology that can redefine the construction industry.
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