In the last year, the use of drones in the construction industry has soared by 239%, as businesses and site owners are seeing the potential for improved health and safety. Drones can also make carrying out surveys and regular inspections easier and can provide high-quality images and videos that can be used by construction companies themselves, estate agents, and project investors who want to be kept up to date. The possibilities are endless and provide huge benefits.
Carrying out surveys
Almost all building surveys check out the condition of the roof, but it can be difficult to gain access. Often it involves using scaffolding or a cherry picker, but this is costly and takes time. A drone can quickly and easily perform a survey, which can save money, time, and is safer, as people don’t need to struggle to assess hard to reach areas. Surveys can also be done in the area surrounding the building, such as nearby gardens and parking spaces, which can be valuable for potential buyers. Thermal imaging of sites can help to find any cold spots or heat spots, such as from areas holding electrical components, which can provide engineers and surveyors with important information that can help to find and fix problems.
Promotional material for real estate
Many drones now come equipped with HD cameras that can capture high-quality photos and videos. Not only can these be used by construction businesses to promote themselves, but they can provide valuable material for estate agents that will be selling the property once it’s completed, particularly for larger properties, like blocks of flats that can be hard to visualize. Potential buyers would be interested to see the work in progress, especially as images and videos offer a true scale and size of projects, compared to drawings or simply being told what’s happening at the site. Drones also offer the option of a virtual walk around when First Person View technology is used, which is particularly useful for estate agents when the property is in the final stages of construction.
Improving health and safety
Construction sites have a lot of potential health and safety risks, so being able to use drones to have fewer people on site and do regular inspections can greatly improve health and safety. Visual inspections can be done, including in high-risk areas, to reduce risks for workers and there’s no risk involved for the person carrying out the inspection. Health and safety inductions could also be taken away from the site and instead done in the site cabin. Drones can give real-time health and safety risks, which make inductions specific and relevant to each site, helping to reduce the risk of accidents.
Drones offer real-time images and video that can drastically improve health and safety on construction sites in almost every aspect. They help to bring workers away from the site who don’t need to be there, while still completing inspections and surveys that need to be carried out.