Building Chicago - 2017 - 26
How Can Drones Help
By Brittany Dweck, Director of Marketing & Communications, Uplift Data Partners
rones, drones, drones.
If you're like many,
you're asking yourself,
"Are drones the next overhyped
construction technology or is there a
The simple answer is no, drone
technology is not overhyped. There are
clear benefits, and today we're seeing
drones being increasingly adopted
on construction sites across the U.S.
On most jobsites, time, money and
resources are wasted in the field due to
coordination errors, wasted materials,
labor inefficiencies and other problems
that arise during the traditional course
The industry, now more than ever, is
in dire need of new technologies and
innovative methods to drive efficiency,
increase productivity, reduce waste
and boost margins. Gone are the days
when manned airplanes and mounted
cameras were your sole source of
eyes on a project; gone are the days
when a technician needed to walk
a 150+ acre site in order define your
site's surface, when installing utilities
relied on guess work, when project
owners needed to travel around the
country to assess site progress.
Drones allow you to build more safely
and cost effectively than traditional
methods. If you're solely using drone
photos and videos, you're missing
out on the full range of information
that drone technology can provide.
However, with all that drones have to
offer, understanding the nuances of
the technology can be overwhelming.
One way to navigate this challenge is by
working with a company that specializes
in unlocking aerial insights.
So, how do drones improve the
1. Progress monitoring:
Drone aerial photos and videos
provide detailed visual updates
to monitor progress. Not only is
this beneficial for the GC and subs
onsite, but it also allows for sharing
progress with off-site teams and
owners. Better communication
leads to better buildings.
2. Quantity tracking:
Topographic maps, cut-and-fill
analysis and stockpile volume
measurements have a new provider.
Drones collect the same data at
a fraction of the time and cost
of traditional methods. Outside
of collecting measurements and
reports, drones are being used as
an unbiased third party to settle
disputes between excavators,
surveyors and other subcontractors.
3. Site layout checks:
Overlaying site drawings with
geo-referenced drone imagery provides
a quick and centimeter-accurate
as-built to ensure layout accuracy.
Drones help detect mistakes early to
avoid costly errors in underground
utility layout and concrete over-pours.
4. Thermal inspection:
When doing renovations or warranty
work, a drone thermal inspection can
quickly detect leaks and cracks that
weaken a building's infrastructure.
What once was a dangerous and
time-consuming job now has
been transformed into a seamless
5. Improving bids:
Leverage a drone to differentiate your
proposals and give you the competitive
advantage needed to separate from
the pack. Provide clients with a vision
of their new building by delivering a
drone 3D model of their build site. You
can also showcase the care your team
took to understanding their site-specific
needs with a drone video.
Uplift Data Partners is a leading
drone service provider for the AEC
industry. For more information, visit
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