Drones in Construction Management

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 a very new technology which is getting involved with all industries and certainly they can help in the stages of construction too, starting from planning to monitoring and managing operations.

Planning

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. Organizations are using drones fitted with high resolution cameras to get exact images of a site rather than calculating and plotting it. The details combined with other geographical information can provide an integrated analysis and plan of the site.

Monitoring

Drone can be the ear and eyes to a construction site. Drones can be flown over the site to get a complete view of structures spreading across acres and decide if they are coming up as per the 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.

Management

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.

In Closing

Construction fields are opening up to more and more drone surveillance. This is one of the hottest technology bringing a change to the construction industry. To keep an eye on the other trending technologies in construction follow our blog updates

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