Contruction Today - July/August 2017 - 17
Drones enhance construction workflow. BY STEWART CARROLL
Construction firms are using drones to
capture aerial footage of existing building
conditions and document undeveloped land.
s many parents have learned
in the last couple of years, the
fastest way to a tween's heart is
to give him the freedom of flight,
packaged in a cardboard box from Amazon.
Cheap, mass-produced drones are always
a welcome kid gift, but the higher-tech
versions of this burgeoning technology are
much more than just a "hot toy." Advanced
drones have given countless industries -
from gaming to moviemaking to real estate
- a fresh perspective on the world. And for
the construction industry, the possibilities are as limitless as a clear
Construction firms are using drones to capture aerial footage
of existing building conditions, and to accurately document the
contours of undeveloped land. They're feeding three-dimensional
data maps into software to form a basis for 3-D construction models,
quickly catching errors and translating construction drawings into
constructed buildings. They're sending robotic cameras into dangerous areas, instead of human beings.
These construction pioneers are making known the previously
unknown by using drones for mapping and modeling, documentation and inspections, and engaging clients.
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