The present uses and benefits of how drones aid in building


One of the defining technologies of the 21st century are flying robotic drones. Their uses range from filmmaking and journalism to racing to warfare and spying. As the technology improves, it’s hard to predict what niche and general roles drones will play in the future. 

When they first became consumer products, drones only had about two capabilities. The first was that they were remote. This enabled them to be tiny, agile, and to get places/do things that a person never could. The second capability was the pairing of drones with camera technology. Another defining aspect of the 21st century has been the prevalence of high quality cameras. Every two minutes, more photos are taken than were taken throughout the entire 1800s. The union of drones and cameras is a big deal for many industries. Construction is one of them. 

The future will hold even more uses as drone tech improves. Heavy delivery drones, and even drones that perform construction work will be active in the long run.


How drones presently are used in the construction industry


Construction is the fastest growing adopter of drone technology. The reasons are plentiful, there are dozens of reasons why a construction contractor might want to take up drone piloting.




Inspect the progress of your building quickly and easily by flying a drone over it. A drone can buzz a large building in a few minutes, recording everything. This enables inspections of roofing, windows, walls, and pretty much anything else.


Drones get to hard-to-reach places


Drones can fly and over stockpiles of materials. They can climb up 20 stories in seconds with no risk to human life. They can also get close to electrical, chemical, and mechanical hazards that people would need special PPE to get near. 


Site Surveying


3D mapping technology has also been married to the camera tech in construction drones. This means that drones can easily fly by a future construction site and map out the terrain. They can assess potential problems, and what a building will look like when finished, and even environmental hazards. 

Site surveying by a drone can be done in the early stages of construction- for land/environmental analysis. It can also be done repeatedly during the construction process, which leads us to:




Repeatedly surveying a construction site with a drone will help project managers get an accurate sense of the timeline of building. Drones can assess problem areas and areas that are moving ahead of schedule.


Extra data


Regular drone monitoring also provides extra data. Drones can be that eye in the sky, getting info about nearby foot and vehicle traffic. They can also monitor things like the migration of animals and growth of plants nearby. Extra data can confer many benefits. Builders can figure out how to make a parking lot or driveway safer. They can also decide where to put points of ingress for pedestrians and cars. They can do all this on the fly with drones, after analyzing traffic data.




Finally, while monitoring a site, drones can help ensure the site says secure. They do this in several ways. One way in which drones provide security is that they function as mobile cameras. They can be security cameras that fly over an area at fixed schedules. Another benefit of drones is that their ability to fly over areas can provide new perspectives on dangerous areas. Drones can quickly assess locations on site that are dangerous to construction workers.


3D mapping


Drone data can easily be converted into 3D maps and models. As mentioned before this can help with visualizing a completed project and monitoring progress. 3D mapping can also be used to make marketing data. It also provides accurate virtual representations for stakeholders who want to monitor progress, or potential investors.


How drones provide benefits to projects


Cutting costs


It’s easy for construction site costs to get out of control. Whether it’s waiting on a project to be complete or a sudden increase in materials, costs can spiral. Drones provide numerous ways to decrease the amount spent on a project.

  • Surveying is faster and easier with drones.
  • Inspection at heights doesn’t require people to don harnesses and climb down the sides of buildings.
  • Analyzing progress becomes easier.
  • Regular updates on a project’s status means that its eventual completion is more efficient.
  • Drones can do double duty. An inspection drone can be programmed to recharge itself during the night and do flybys as a mobile security camera.



Simply put, drones can get places that people can’t. If people can get somewhere, drones can almost certainly get their more easily. There’s no need to risk commercial contractors’ safety by having them inspect at heights or climb through hazardous items when a drone can do it.


The potential to bring in more revenue


  • Drones can provide a constant stream of high quality digital media. This means various different things.
  • A contractor or manager can update investors with more accurate data.
  • There will be more pictures and videos of the project to use as marketing material.
  • 3D models to help woo investors and eventual tenants in a commercial/residential property.
  • Better safety and environmental compliance on completion using drone data from the course of the project.


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