Can drones save you time and money with construction projects?
We offer construction site monitoring and reporting- 2D Images, orthomosaic images, and measuring volumes of pits and piles and our mapping software calculates the amount of dirt or earth to be moved in subject areas. Remote project engineers and owners can be updated with accurate images on a daily or weekly basis, saving time and money and improving the efficiency of your projects. On construction sites, where the risk and cost of mistakes are extremely high, drones show a lot of promise for saving time and money. Construction projects are often extremely complex with many time-consuming tasks that can be simplified, automated and accelerated by using drones.
Below are some pictures and mission videos of the Hampton lake project we captured each week for the Reed Group in Bluffton SC. This project involved weekly aerial imaging of the project from start to finish.
Here are some important ways drones can help improve jobsite efficiency, saving construction firms both time and money:
- 2D mapping: One of the biggest financial benefits of using drones the ability to create highly accurate 2D topography models. Drones provide a cost-effective, fast way of mapping build sites and existing facilities, while gathering geographical and topographical data in the form of photography, Lidar and video.
- Mapping data: Video and 2D and photographic image data can be instantly uploaded and shared with stakeholders anywhere in the world. What’s more, time is money, and 2D mapping via drones saves lots of it. Drones have been shown to cut surveying time for a 12-acre property from 100 hours down to about 2 hours of flying time. Our drones can produce 3D and elevation maps that can also be extremely helpful.
- High-definition maps: These can be created in a fraction of the time it used to take. Drones also make it easier to survey locations that are difficult to access, reducing safety hazards. Drones are cheaper to fly than small aircraft and don’t require a pilot.
- Improved project management, reporting and tracking: Our FAA certified pilots use 20 megapixel cameras, drones can capture images rapidly and even stream live video to remote project managers. This footage can be uploaded automatically into cloud-based project management software, and easily shared with stakeholders regardless of location, to keep them abreast of a project’s progress. Real-time data enables faster, more informed decision-making throughout construction and the ability to mitigate delays or other issues before they cost firms money.
- Better security and surveillance: Drones can help construction firms produce accurate surveys of progress and site inventory quickly and cost-effectively. They eliminate human error and are able to capture data faster than an inspector walking the site. Drones also enable firms to perform jobsite surveillance, not only to ensure employees aren’t wasting time or violating safety codes, but to prevent potential hazards. Photography and live footage becomes convincing in the case of thefts or misused equipment, or other security violations.
- Effective communication on the project: Drones simplify and enhance communication with investors and stakeholders, particularly those who are not local. Aerial photography captured by drones can be streamed live and accessed by connected devices anywhere, anytime. This capability helps cut travel time and expense—investors need not travel to the job site and project managers can keep them in the loop with frequent and highly insightful video updates.
- Improved efficiency: All of these benefits lead to increased efficiency—most likely reducing the workforce needed on a drone-assisted jobsite. Industry estimates for the current value of labor and services that may be replaced by drones is about $127.3 billion, a third of which comes from the infrastructure and construction industries (Source Business Insider- May 11,2016). The ability of drones to collect and report on data enables you to complete projects faster at at lower cost. Faster completion means you can take on more work in the same amount of time.
- Competitive advantage & differentiation: Construction firms who use drones can bid lower and be more competitive than firms that don’t. Drones can be used to survey jobsites before work begins—even before bidding. They provide up-to-date, detailed data, helping you bid more accurately and avoid surprise costs. Adding drone-collected photography and video footage, as well as 2D maps created with data collected from drones, makes a lasting impression and may differentiate you from other bidders.
- Improved marketing of your projects and win more work: Aerial images of your project will help you with marketing your projects. In fact, many projects can be monitored from start to finish and these can be condensed in 2-3 minute videos of your projects for future and prospective clients.
Learn more about using commercial drone technology to improve construction and jobsite security, project management and tracking. Please contact Crossflight Sky Solutions for more information @ 888-912-3766, Ext 2 or learn more @ www.CrossFlightskysolutions.com.