As I have pontificated in nearly every blog, article, interview or webinar I have been a part of I have to keep up with my tradition and reiterate… unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology is advancing faster than commercial business stakeholders can keep up with. That isn’t anything new these days considering Goldman Sachs has projected an over $100 billion-dollar commercial market by 2020.
2018 has experienced a “broad commercial embracement” of IoT technologies such as drones, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, smart devices and sensors, cloud, data analytics, and virtual reality. Unfortunately, there are industries such as industrial construction, energy and utilities, and even public safety that have yet to fully utilize and adopt the immense cost and productivity benefits of this emerging technology.
With the current state of America’s crumbling highways, transportation HUBS, commercial real estate, and critical infrastructure starting to show signs of age, the demand for newer, better and faster construction processes is vital. It is essential to harness disruptive innovation to stay ahead of the competition and drones have proven to demonstrate a compelling ROI at an extremely low cost of entry. By providing instant visibility and real-time insights into everything from equipment utilization, asset and material management to worker location and safety compliance trends, the use of drones can drive improved decision-making and enabling modern day project management efficiency gains across project lifecycles simultaneously. Drone technology is proving to deliver even greater visibility into what’s happening on the jobsite, as construction firms are starting to streamline operations and drive new business efficiencies.
If you’re not using drones today in construction, you’re missing the boat
- Assessing undeveloped site conditions
- Aiding with site planning and pre-construction layout
- Capturing construction progress images and video
- Generating 3D models of existing structures and surface terrain
- Creating virtual building models (BIM)
- Assisting with ongoing maintenance and damage assessment
- Marketing and business development