Drones are everywhere. People are using drones for photography, recreation and even in Hollywood. So the question naturally arises: what do drones have to do with construction? The answer: everything. Here are six reasons why your company should be investing in aerial services for your construction company:
- Limit Liability:
A picture is worth a thousand words. Using drones to undertake progress shots across a construction site allows closer access! Therefore, it is a great tool that limits your liability and risk by documenting every step of the project in great detail.
- Increase Communication and Productivity Between the Field and the Office:
While emails and servers are a great tool, sometimes you need a visual. Aerial documentation takes that communication one step further, and offers both the field and the office with the advantage of clear, detailed images that both parties can use to track assets and mark-up photos. In addition, drones can be used to access and document areas that are difficult to reach.
- Keep Projects On-Track and On-Budget:
Eliminate the need to argue about “what” happened on site by having detailed aerial shots so that you can focus on the “why”, which is actually the real dispute at hand. While site diaries and a progressively updated construction schedule play an important role, detailed progress shots taken from a drone are fast becoming another valuable tool in tracking and documenting progress. These details play a key role in making sure that you can keep an eagle’s eye on your project at all times, eliminating unnecessary set-backs.
- Keeps Safety #1:
An “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” is exactly that; unmanned. For all those hard to get to places, like the scaffolding on the top of your construction? Eliminate the risk and deploy the UAV. You can save time, minimize the personnel required and reduce the need for costly and dangerous plant equipment like Elevated Work Platforms (EWPs).
- Establishes Company as Innovative Industry Leader:
Communication – Gone are the days where you need to take a bus load of bankers through your site to kick the dirt. A simple two minute video can take the viewer on a journey through the site, often allowing them to see more than they would from the ground.
- Instant Marketing Material:
First impressions count! Create a positive buzz about your project using video or photos captured by a drone in place of a text filled flyer or information bulletin. Often this content can be an invaluable aid in marketing a project or for use in ongoing community consultation.