In Hollywood, movie producers use drones all the time to capture shots equal to a standard HD movie camera. While in construction you probably don’t need fancy tricks and amazingly beautiful shots, you do need access to hard-to-reach areas.
Drones, also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), can be extremely beneficial to your construction project. We’ve outlined some of the ways here.
Access Unsafe Areas
During construction, drones can be invaluable inspection tools for examining hard to reach and unsafe exterior areas.
For example, if a huge rainstorm hits one night and the next day water stains are spotted on one of the completed floors of an unfinished building, you’ll need to find the leak.
Drones are useful on any construction site where you need a good look, but it’s too dangerous, too costly, or just too time-consuming to send someone to examine it. They can give you the big picture—showing the complete structure from far away – or move in close to bring you the small details.
Also, you don’t have to be building a giant skyscraper to use a drone. Residential roofing contractors are using drones now to inspect high-pitch roofs rather than risk their necks climbing ladders.
Soon, drones may even be equipped with infrared scanners to help discover structural stress-points and invisible energy leaks.
Record Video for Analysis…and Clients
Instead of diverting a crew out to search for a bad seam or crack, you can hire a qualified drone operator to search the wall for you. As you watch live video streaming from the drone, the operator can command the drone to slowly cover the area. If you spot something that looks suspicious, the drone can move in for a closer look. You can even record video that you can send to others for analysis.
Plus, you can send the recordings to clients to show off the progress you’re making. Video makes it much easier to speak with clients about any wins, but also any issues that they might not completely understand.
Take Photos for Marketing
A picture is worth a thousand words. And that’s especially true in the construction industry. You need to have pictures of completed work but hiring a company just for aerial photos can get expensive. With drones, you can take a variety of different shots throughout the whole project and use the images on your brochures, proposals, and website. Plus, with drones, you can reach areas that no photographer can.
Try Using a Drone at Your Construction Site
One thing to note about drones is that they are restricted from flying in certain areas. The FAA and Department of Interior have restricted drone flights around several national sites ranging from the Statue of Liberty in New York to the Hoover Dam in Nevada. Municipalities may also have restrictions, so it is best to check before you go buzzing all around the neighborhood.
Drones can be an important part of your construction inspection team. Try it and see for yourself.