Drones are already in use in construction, allowing operators to survey, map and deliver accurate measurements. Project managers and virtual design coordinators can save valuable time and eliminate risk through the use of drone maps and 3D models on job sites. This may include keeping construction projects on track with shareable maps, comparing building inventory management models, inspecting job sites for safety, or measuring stockpiles. Ultimately, drones and software can improve communications and make construction a more efficient and safer industry to work in.
Drones can be used to substitute existing labour intensive processes in construction such as surveying and inspections. In practice, builders can use drones to collect real-time data about projects and understand on-site conditions to track progress as well as helping to identify problems before project timelines are delayed. Complementary software enables builders to use site mapping data to plan, communicate and keep projects on schedule. Further to these potential operating efficiencies, drones also offer occupational health and safety benefits in the form of safer work environments.