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and in conformance with site regulations," he adds. "We need to
make sure stakeholders have proper guidelines in place to use
A Competitive Advantage
VolAero focuses on land and real estate-related drone applications
including aerial imagery, inspections, surveys and mapping.
Drones allow construction companies and others to capture images in a much more convenient manner than previously available
technology. "Drones provide easier access, lower risk and accelerated
speed compared to technologies that were already in use, such as
helicopters or manned aircraft," says Jeff Fidelin, chief pilot and
imagery specialist for VolAero.
From Images to Data
VolAero's drones help construction
clients at all stages of a project,
commercial drones from DJI and Parrot, the two leading drone manufacturing companies in the world, as well as a range of high end
image sensor equipment including RGB, zoom, infrared and light
detection and ranging (LiDar). Many of the newest drones used by
the company can be equipped with multiple sensors and cameras,
allowing them to take and process imagery at a much faster rate.
"We're also seeing technology breakthroughs with fusion of
sensors at the image-capturing level," Zwebner says. "This is where
the higher-end technology is headed. We are working with that
technology to provide actionable and effective data visualization to
our clients who need it."
The company also sees itself as a resource to clients who may be
struggling to adapt to the technology. "As drones and sensors are
being used more and more, we are starting to see more collaboration between construction companies, insurance companies and
other businesses that are trying to come together to understand all
the issues around drones including regulatory and safety issues,"
"This is bleeding-edge stuff that many companies don't have
their hands around, so there are consortiums coming together to
help better understand it and make sure people are using it safely
VolAero provides services to construction industry clients at all
stages of a project, beginning with design.
"We use drones and cameras for some of the preconstruction
workflows used by architectural and design firms," Zwebner says.
"This can be as simple as taking imagery and photos from specific
altitudes and angles, to creating renderings."
Images captured by VolAero's drones can also be used within
building information modeling (BIM) software. "By integrating data
captured by drones, our clients can look at models during construction to see how their model matches with actual drone imagery,
built versus design," he adds.
VolAero's drones are also commonly used to monitor jobsite
progress to make sure construction phases proceed in the proper
sequence. Drone footage can be sent to clients, investors and project
managers in real time, live streaming and broadcast, which allows
them to make immediate effective and efficient decisions to a project
Drone images are processed using photogrammetry software to
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