How Drones Can Be Advantageous in Construction

Explore how drone use in construction is benefiting the industry.

Drones have found their ways into a number of industries, and the construction industry is no exception. Originally designed for military use, drones are being used in industries like agriculture, real estate, insurance, entertainment—and construction. Drone use in construction has increased year after year, making it one of the most popular trends in the construction industry. Learn about all the ways drones can benefit your construction operation!

Using Drones in Construction

The uses for drones in construction are numerous. Combined with other technologies, drones present a unique opportunity to save time, labor, and money. Uses for drones in construction include:

  1. Land Surveying and Topographical Mapping. Drones can be used to fly over large swaths of land to take images, which can then be used to map the area’s topography. This assists with the planning and design phase of a construction project at a fraction of the time, manpower, and cost it would take to do using conventional surveying and mapping.
  2. Equipment Monitoring. From tracking down the whereabouts of a piece of construction equipment or machinery to monitoring a construction site after hours to deter theft, a drone makes short work of keeping track of equipment and machines.
  3. Providing Real-Time Progress Reports. The images and data that a drone can collect in a matter of minutes can be used to keep clients, stakeholders, and team members to track the project’s progression, offer visual aids and other data, and keep everyone on the same page.
  4. Increasing Safety. The #1 rule in fall prevention is to find options that don’t require employees to work at heights to complete a task. While drones can’t do every task that requires working at heights, they can take measurements, inspect hard-to-reach areas, and even monitor safety conditions.
  5. Inspections and Analysis. Drones can be used to inspect buildings and infrastructure, such as bridges, tunnels, roadways, and more, that would be difficult or time-consuming for workers to do. These images, coupled with the use of sensors—such as heat sensors—can aid in inspecting a building or structure for purchase, to assess maintenance needs, to monitor work progress, and for insurance needs.

Tucker Paving has been in the asphalt and concrete pavement business for over 25 years, and we’re excited about all technological advancements—like drones—that make the construction industry safer and more efficient. Contact us at Tucker Paving for assistance with your next project by calling 863-299-2262.