Despite their military origins, drones are now increasingly being used in a variety of areas of daily life. They are mostly used to take pictures and make movies.
Little by little, these unmanned aerial devices are increasingly moving away from the image of a radio-controlled toy and playing serious roles in a variety of industries, including agriculture and construction. More about drones here:
The potential of drones in construction has only recently begun to unfold – previously they were used primarily for basic site surveys. Now drones are involved in constructing structures, conducting real-time inspections and, most importantly, monitoring worker safety.
Drones are able to scan buildings (some are equipped with X-ray vision) and collect important metrics for 3D mapping. Managers and investors will be able to view the project in real time, making it easier to meet deadlines and calculate budgets without having to be physically on site every day.
Drones help safety
According to a report from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in 2017, 20.7% of fatalities (out of 4,674 reviewed) occurred on construction sites. With the help of drones, that number could be reduced – drones are able to get into dangerous construction zones quickly. They can be given a flight path and can check for safety standards in hazardous areas.
For the construction industry, Amazon Prime Air’s success in delivering packages by drone has not gone unnoticed. Amazon can deliver a customer’s ordered perfume in 30 minutes, and a drone can quickly bring tools and necessary materials to construction workers without risk to other workers. This way, not only can unnecessary injuries and fatalities be prevented, but work efficiency can also be improved – extra workers no longer have to go to the top of the building to bring the materials they need.
According to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 381 of the 971 construction fatalities in 2017 were due to falls. And that’s nearly 40 percent of construction accidents.
What else can drones do?
Drones can be tasked with the following tasks:
- Moving various materials, such as cables and metal sheets.
- Strategic pipe placement.
- Screwing in screws and screws.
- Working in areas that people can’t get to.
- Modern drones can see through walls, scan materials and make high quality 3D maps of structures invisible behind a barrier. This technology makes it possible not only to create handy models, but also to safely observe dangerous structures like skyscrapers and bridges.
Where to start implementing drones
So, you’ve learned the benefits of drones in construction, but you don’t know where to start. Here are some tips for construction companies looking to use drones:
- Try out different types of drones (fixed-wing, multicopter, single-rotor or hybrid).
- The main thing is to try and figure out for yourself what drones can do. You will learn how to handle them if you practice.
- Try out drones on projects that usually fail.
- We’re just beginning to see what drones can do, and the possibilities are endless. You may be the one to discover something new among them.