Construction Monitoring and Asset Inspection

Monitoring construction projects is a challenging task, but by using drones getting the information you need can be made a lot easier. With real-time site monitoring, drones give project managers the ability to see a site’s progress like never before, ensuring people, materials, and equipment work together seamlessly. Whether it’s a 2D scan, a digital twin, asset allocation, or progress information, drones offer unique solutions to keep your project running smooth. If you are involved in the construction industry, integrating drones into your site monitoring process is a must. The economic benefits of the technology are simply too beneficial to ignore.

The Advantages of Drones in Construction

Real time construction site monitoring with drones is changing how planners and decision-makers monitor progress on site. The major advantages of using drones for these applications are decreased building times, cost-savings, and improved utilisation of assets on site. Understanding the status of a build is critical. Drones can fly over a site and transmit the feed to planners in real-time. Even from remote locations, senior management can monitor the site as it is being built, step by step. The video feed offered by drones can be compared to expected timelines for various phases of the build with ease. Problems are quickly identified, and people and resources can be shifted to compensate for the issue, keeping the project on schedule. The drone may even highlight areas where efficiencies can be gained to decrease building times. If needed, drones can also capture scans of the project, producing incredibly accurate 2D and/or 3D models of the site, so that planners can understand the status of the build like never before. The detail of a drone’s 2D, 3D scan is so precise that site inspectors can use the 3D models to check for potential structural issues — such as cracking concrete or improperly installed supports – before they become a more significant problem. 3D scans with drones also help managers by providing a digital twin for future reference. These models become invaluable to maintenance personal once the project is completed.

Cost Benefits

The cost of a construction project can quickly move out of budget. One of the more costly mistakes is running out of materials and paying a crew to stand around while waiting for supplies. By using Drones, the status of material stockpiles can be seen in real-time. Project managers can use this information to order supplies before running out, avoiding downtime, and saving money. Additionally, many assets on a construction site must be shared. Heavy equipment is incredibly expensive, and rarely available for everyone. Because of this, the scheduling of assets between crews is common. Smaller construction firms typically rent heavy equipment for a few days to accomplish specific tasks. In many cases, there’s a lot of downtime for this machinery. By flying over an area, drones can provide planners with the current status of equipment use. For instance, if a crew isn’t using a particular asset assigned to them then the planners can reallocate it to another crew or potentially return the equipment sooner and save money – thus bringing in a project under budget.