Drones are taking the world by storm and have been developed in such a way that they can now help to complete tasks that would usually take hours, into minutes. How can drones be used in the construction industry?
What is a Drone?
A drone is a mechanical object which was initially used by the military. It is an unmanned vehicle that can be controlled using a remote from the ground, or by using GPS signals and sensors. Drones can take images and videos, produce live feeds and even come equipped with infrared cameras, heat sensors, and radar. They come in all shapes and sizes and can range from anywhere between £10 and £300,000 in price! Certain types of drones can only be used by professionals, but others can be used by anyone for fun.
How do they Help the Construction Industry?
Drones are being used in the construction industry at the moment for many things. The first is that they are able to survey building sites to collect data and assess safety. They can complete a job much faster and more accurately than a human can, therefore cutting costs. In addition to this, they are also able to get up into high and enclosed spaces, making the use of a drone much safer than having people going into potentially unsafe areas.
Drones are able to manage progress on site. They can work for hours and hours, producing streams of data and reports, making them more time efficient.
Drones can also be used to transport deliveries extremely safety and quickly, eliminating the need for a human. This will significantly reduce the cost of the average job, and is better for the environment too!
What’s the Catch?
Of course, when technology advances so quickly, it is always questioned as to whether it is safe and ethical. Of course, with any new technology, there are always people who take advantage and will use it for the wrong reasons.
However, in terms of the construction industry, it can be a great way to maintain the safety of employees, and even protect the workplace against theft and vandalism!
I personally think that the use of drones in the construction industry is incredible, and will benefit business hugely. However, with this, is the risk of job losses, which puts a strain on workers.