Drones are a great improvement for construction project managers. They provide better solutions for civil engineering and architectural processes in building sites that make it possible to reduce costs and time.
Drone technology has been around for quite a while now. And it is as useful and groundbreaking as BIM modeling methodologies for the AEC business.
In the construction industry, drone presence implies a significant change in how certain architectural and engineering processes are carried on. As every other breakthrough in how architects and civil engineers plan and design buildings, drones are a strong positive development for the industry.
Their size, sophistication, and technology make them the perfect partner at the building site. They are so useful that It is not far from reality to think that soon they will be as common as trucks and excavators in the building ground.
But how specifically do they enhance the construction management process? Let’s find out:
1. They’re perfect for land survey
Drones are great for locating, describing, and mapping the boundaries and corners of a parcel of land within building sites. They are rapidly replacing other land surveying methods and have caused the biggest disruption in mapping. To sum up, they make civil engineering jobs easier.
It is certainly impressive how they reduce labor as well as the high precision and accuracy they get on their survey.
This, clearly reduces the margin of error in the process and make them able to gather the required data in less time. Drones are a game changer. We might even change the old expression “bird’s eye view” for “drone eye view”.
2. They improve infrastructure and data analysis
Data and project updates are key factors in the construction management process. Drone technology has got to the point where instant connectivity and communication on the job site are at a surplus. This makes it possible to be updated on a more regular basis about how a building project is coming along.
According to Josh Cheney, Industry Manager of Construction Technology at Autodesk, “drones can provide instant ROI” as a result of their capacity of being “operated autonomously and on your own schedule”.
They play a big part in data collecting and reporting, which allows work to be completed faster and to show progress to clients more regularly and accurately.
3. They improve overall security and safety
Another big change that the advent of drones has caused is a sharp increase in security efficiency. They are so efficient that integrated project delivery managers are steadily implementing drones to maintain the safety of employees.
Falls are one of the leading causes of fatalities on the construction site (it represents nearly 39% of all deaths). That’s a clear case where drones turn out to be worthwhile as they can hover over locations that are too dangerous for workers.
But that is not all they can do. Drones can also help with reconnaissance and monitor workplace conditions in spaces that are very hard to reach. This way, workers don’t need to climb on dangerous spots to take manual measurements.
The ability to make informed decisions without taking risks onsite during a weather issue, for example, can be very beneficial.
This leaves using the classic old-fashioned clipboard for data out of the question as it is much more safe to analyze areas of risk employing a drone.
4. They mitigate risk and prevent costly mistakes
Project managers, civil engineering companies and contractors that use modular construction take advantage of working with drones in construction to improve their productivity but also to decrease mistakes and errors that could produce unexpected or unaccountable costs.
Drones enable construction project managers to identify where the project is going off-track. We have said that drones perform a better job monitoring the building site, so casualties have higher chances of being prevented. All this is translated into a better budget performance and narrowing costs.
In the end, all the data you can get more easily by using a drone makes it possible to identify problems before they become serious issues. They also provide accurate data regarding disputes and documenting the process in case of legal challenges.