Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 22

Feature

DRONES
TAKE FLIGHT IN THE
CONSTRUCTION

INDUSTRY

infrared, thermal). The images and
data captured by the drone can be
incorporated into a variety of software programs to provide substantial
information to the drone user.

BY JONATHAN R. HAUSNER AND ELIZABETH WRIGHT
THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY is currently one of the leading industries to
adopt the use of revolutionary tech
advancement-drones (otherwise
known as unmanned aerial systems
or UAS). The construction industry's
adoption of this new technology
demonstrates that owners, design
professionals, and contractors alike
recognize that drone technology provides a means to achieve the ultimate
goal of delivering a project on time
and on budget while protecting one's
anticipated profit.
As with the introduction of any new
technology, it is critical to identify
any new risks and properly assign
responsibility for such risks. This
article addresses both the benefits
and potential risks of using a drone on
a construction project from the perspective of construction counsel who
regularly advise owners, construction

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managers, and general contractors,
trade contractors, and sureties.
What is a Drone?
Given the multitude of uses provided
by drones in both a recreational
and military capacity, stories about
drones frequently appear in the
news. But what is a drone? In general a drone consists of a fuselage
connected to arms that mount four to
eight rotary blades. Often the drone
is connected to a Wi-Fi and/or GPS
interface or both. Although drones
come in a variety of sizes, the ones
most frequently used in the commercial industry are lightweight
and controlled by a pilot operating
a hand-held remote. Construction
drones often carry a high-resolution
camera and recording device that can
capture images in a variety of formats (for example, HD photo/video,

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How Does a Drone Help Get
the Project to the Finish Line
on Time and on Budget?
A standard commercial drone can
accurately scan a 150-acre site in
less than 30 minutes. Therefore, a
drone may be used to quickly and efficiently capture an enormous amount
of site information. The ability to
quickly and easily collect data may
provide numerous cost-, time-, and
effort-saving benefits.
For example, a drone can provide
cost savings by capturing images of
materials in order to identify and track
construction waste. The American
Institute of Architects estimates that
construction-related waste makes
up anywhere from 25-40  percent
of American's solid waste stream.
Construction spending in the United
States this past year totaled approximately $1.13 trillion, which means
that waste losses add up to more
than $160 billion in the United States
alone. The information gathered by
the drone can be used to track efficiency and the use of materials on a
project to identify and decrease any



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017

NASBP Upcoming Meetings & Events
2017–2018 Executive Committee
From the CEO: Bringing Summer Heat: A Rundown of “Hot” Stuff in the Evolving World Surrounding Surety
Howard Cowan—Building on a Solid Foundation
Mitigating the Hidden Risks in the “New Normal” Construction Environment
Acting Director of the U.S. SBA Office of Surety Guarantees
Drones Take Flight in the Construction Industry
2017 AIA Contract Documents: Selected Key Changes
NASBP to Release Continuing Education Course: Joint Ventures in Construction
How Can Construction Contractors Expedite Payment on Federal Contracts?
Insurtech for Surety: The Future Is Closer than You Think!
Index to Advertisers
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - Intro
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - cover1
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - cover2
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 3
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 4
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 5
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 6
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 2017–2018 Executive Committee
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 8
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - From the CEO: Bringing Summer Heat: A Rundown of “Hot” Stuff in the Evolving World Surrounding Surety
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - Howard Cowan—Building on a Solid Foundation
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 11
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - Mitigating the Hidden Risks in the “New Normal” Construction Environment
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 13
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 14
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 15
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 16
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 17
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 18
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 19
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - Acting Director of the U.S. SBA Office of Surety Guarantees
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 21
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - Drones Take Flight in the Construction Industry
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 23
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 2017 AIA Contract Documents: Selected Key Changes
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 25
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 26
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - NASBP to Release Continuing Education Course: Joint Ventures in Construction
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - How Can Construction Contractors Expedite Payment on Federal Contracts?
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 29
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 30
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 31
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - Insurtech for Surety: The Future Is Closer than You Think!
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - 33
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2017 - Index to Advertisers
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