A drone program is a terrific investment for construction companies right now. They can be used through the entire construction lifecycle, from feasibility and bidding to handover and maintenance. Here’s how.
Feasibility and Bidding
Drones can be equipped with cameras, geo-location sensors, infrared sensors, and more. The data can then be imported into survey software to create 3D models of existing conditions. This helps with determining feasibility, understanding constructability, and helping owners visualize what the project will look like in the end. It can also be used to identify areas of risk.
Design and Pre-Construction
Drone surveys help inject real-world conditions into design and constructability conversations. The ability to easily capture site information also improves the rate at which the design can be iterated on.
During the construction phase, drones have many current and potential uses. They help to track and communicate progress, track and manage materials and assets, reduce theft, improve owner visibility, increase safety, and provide valuable information for improving design changes. They also create a valuable documentation trail in case of problems.
Handover and Maintenance
Drone imagery and video of the final product can create customer delight during handover. This data also has a practical value in property management and maintenance, providing owners and managers with visual data regarding the as-built condition of the building. Additionally, drones equipped with thermal imaging capability can detect heat leaks in a building envelope or along a long run of underground utility piping.
You might have seen the term “Part 107 Certified” thrown around in the drone field and wondered what it meant. Well you have some to the right place. Part 107 refers to the section of FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) guidelines that deals with the commercial operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems.
These rules cover just about every of area UAS/Drone/UAV operation including
- Drone interaction with with manned aircraft and other drones
- Issues related to Weather
- Flying close to Buildings and other Structures
- Using Different Classes of Airspace (Commercial, Military etc)
- Responsible Piloting
- Maps and Geographical Information
How does one become some certified
- Study General Aviation Content
- Take and Pass the FAA’s Part 107 Exam at a FAA Certified Flight Testing Center with a grade of 70% or higher
- Pass an extensive criminal background check
- Part 107 FAA certified pilots need to renew their licence every 24 months
What are the benefits of hiring a Part 107 Certified pilot
- Though its tempting to hire your cousin with a drone for a do commercially valued work, Only a FAA Part 107 certified pilot is legally allowed offer remote Aerial Services in airspace controlled by the United States government.
- Part 107 places a huge emphasis on Safety. A Part 107. So hiring an experienced FAA certified pilot going along way to mitigating a lot of that risk.
- Your project may require a pilot to fly within 4 miles of an airport. Only a Part 107 FAA certified pilot can get a waiver for get that done.
- Accidents happen inspire of of the best planning and the most careful flying. That is why there is Insurance. Only a Part 107 FAA certified pilot can came for damages during the commercial operations.
So, there it is. If you want to use the amazing capabilities of Unmanned Aerial Systems or Drones in your business you should hire a only a Part 107 FAA certified Remote Pilot. So contact us today. All our remote pilots are:
- Part 107 FAA Certified Remote Pilots
- Very Experienced
- Flying cutting edge drones
Here are ten ways drones can improve inefficiencies and margins on your construction site:
- Win more business. Drone photography can be an important sales tool. Your improved surveying and planning capabilities will also set you apart from the competition.
- Improve owner’s visibility. Use drone photography to help owners visualize the final project, and see how the project is progressing while under construction.
- Iterate faster during the bid phase. Drone surveys can help you put the virtual design in the context of real conditions and thus better engage the entire team.
- Instill client confidence. All of the above benefits help you build client confidence.
- Improve asset and material management. Drones equipped with streaming video capability can help you monitor the job site for suspicious activity, and identify theft as it’s happening. Plus, your teams can easily monitor locations and quantities of assets and materials at a glance, to ensure it will be there when you need it.
- Improve invoicing accuracy. Drones enable you to monitor work completion more effectively, and bill accordingly.
- Improve quality. Drones vastly increase your ability to complete quality inspections in large and hard to reach areas in an efficient manner.
- Minimize rework. Increasing the number of inspections you make enables you to catch more mistakes before they become a bigger problem, thus reducing the amount of rework needed.
- Improve safety. Perform inspections in dangerous areas without putting anyone at risk. Drones also allow you to identify and mitigate potential hazards before they cause harm.
- Mitigate litigation. Drones can increase site documentation to reduce the likelihood of litigation, and increase your defensibility.
The occurrence of mega storms are becoming more frequent. Drones can be of great assistance to people need, first responders and municipal managers. Here are a few scenarios.
- Detecting Survivors – Drones can be used to detect survivors. Their ability to fly, their small size and the built in collision avoidance make them perfect for detecting survivors. Drones can even take pictures of the subjects and mark them by GPS coordinates on a map. These is an amazing aid for first responders.
- Deliver Light Weight Supplies – After survivors are found drones can be used to deliver light weight supplies (medication, energy bars, single water bottles, first aid kits, cell phones, etc.)
- Entry Route Mapping – First responders often have challenges in mapping pathways to access their targets. Drones are perfect for this and they do this without putting first responders in harms way.
- Inspecting Infrastructure for Damage – Natural disasters wreck havoc on infrastructure. Before they can be open for use again they need to be inspected. Drones are perfect for this. They can do inspections quickly and again without putting municipal staff in harms way.
- News coverage – Its is very important that news about the event get out to the world at large. This is often instrumental in galvanizing the type of public response needed for an effect positive public response. Drones are perfect for capturing the scope of the devastation.
- Temporary Communication Towers – Cellular infrastructure can be damaged into during a natural disaster. Drones connected to a ground based power source and can server as temporary communications towers.
- Rally Point Beacon – Drones can be used as a beacon alerting survivors to the location of various resources.
- Adjustor pictures – Adjusters need gather photographic evidence in order to process claims for disaster victims. Drones can be used to rapidly and safely expedite this process.
We hope that this list gives you some idea about how drones can be used to a disaster zone. However this is not a job for amateurs. Utilize only FAA Part 107 certified remote pilots, like us, for the provision of these services. Contact us today we offer many of these capabilities.