Drones, or UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles), are starting to see rapid adoption in the heavy civil construction industry as innovative companies use construction drone mapping & reporting software to transform how they perform and deliver surveying, planning, and worksite data. Drones allow key stakeholders to visualize and analyze progress of construction phases to keep projects on track so there are fewer inconsistencies between model renders of a job site and actual work completed.
Drone software for construction is accelerating rapidly. Our heavy civil partners have gone from flying drones monthly to weekly or, in some instances, even daily. The construction data collected allows them to pivot where necessary and make cost- and time-saving decisions in a timely manner. Here are a few of the advantages they’re finding to incorporating this new tech into their workflow:
Automate and Digitize the Full Construction Project Lifecycle
Drones give you the ability to streamline data collection from the field and automatically generate computerized engineering data and continuous digital project documentation. This precise, up-to-date data syncs with the cloud, giving site managers and stakeholders more accurate readings of work completed.
Support Multidimensional Project Management
UAVs enable comprehensive project management control, including comparisons with design, schedule, and materials. This information is based on a wide range of multidimensional process analysis, including geometry, time, costs, and other data inputs.
Rapidly Deliver High-Value Engineering and Managerial Analytics
Drone tech is saving construction projects time by automatically generating accurate engineering data and process analytics for hands-on project management. This includes automatic generation of survey-grade models and maps; progress reporting and comparison versus design or previous as-builts; and data analytics, insights, and forecast sharing across stakeholders. These reports are made available within 24 hours, not weeks, allowing for more data-driven decisions and improved communication with project stakeholders.
Compatibility with Existing Construction Project Process
The right drone technology partner will allow you the ability to integrate with your construction project process and applications. This allows for a non-intrusive end-to-end and hassle-free solution that will be swiftly adopted by the construction site team.
Provide Safety for your Team
Your site team will have the ability to survey dangerous areas from far away without risking harm. They can also use the drones to check locations for materials, calculate stockpile volumes and assets. Crews can also calculate length, widge, and elevation for roads, bridges, and structures. This gives site managers an extra level of safety in place and saves valuable time at the project site.
Enhance Planning and Business Profitability
By providing a single source of up-to-date data through the entire lifecycle of assets, drone software empower stakeholders to efficiently manage construction sites from planning through execution and maintenance. Digitizing and automating monitoring, data analysis, and reporting processes reduce direct professional costs by 20%, for savings of up to 5% of overall project execution costs, and can double project profitability.
With the right software partner, UAVs can provide the heavy civil construction industry with the ability to capture volume measurements, visual inspections, progress analytics, and digital documentation, making day-to-day life easier and more efficient.