Drones in Construction Management

Construction is a completely on-site oriented industry and a lot of inspection work is involved in the workflow. 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 planning to monitoring and managing operations.

Planning

The base of a construction planning starts from the survey. The survey is a meticulous job involving a 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 integrated analysis and plan of the site.

Monitoring

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 modeling 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.

Management

Test samples from the site are analyzed at laboratories with high-end equipment. Laboratory testing involves a simple process like classification and index testing of soil to the complex test like a triaxial test. Investigation of gases, frozen soil within the sample is also done at this stage. Offshore laboratory testing includes vital information like water content, bulk and dry density and qualitative carbon component.

In Closing

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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