4 Reasons Drones are the Future of Construction
This is part of the series “Drones are the Future” – a collection of posts outlining the positive impact UAVs will have on our world in the not-so-distant future.
UAVs may quickly become a common fixture on construction sites. Their ability to replace human workers that have to fly costly, and sometimes dangerous, survey missions of scaffolds and construction platforms make them an alluring technology for construction companies.
While federal regulations in the United States currently hold back an “all-in” approach to drones on the work site, once the governing rules are set forth, we will can expect unmanned aerial vehicles to be a regular part of construction work. Here’s a look at 5 ways that drones will change construction work in the not-so-distant future:
Drones can be useful in a number of construction jobs, such as cell-tower or pipeline inspection. Future job sites will be quickly inspected by UAVs equipped with specialized high-resolution cameras. Such drones can be outfitted with technology that can pinpoint gas leaks, scan oil rigs for damage, or measure ongoing progress. The UAV’s ability to soar to hard-to-reach places, such as the underbelly of a bridge or the blades of an offshore wind turbines, make it a quicker solution to obtaining needed information about maintenance conditions and needs. Watch this video by BP Alaska as they consider use of drones to inspect their pipeline:
2) Reduce Jobsite Theft
Drones with enduring battery life can provide continuous surveillance from a unique viewpoint. Static video cameras are regularly used on construction sites, but drones all-access mobility, with their flight range and aerial video. Surveillance drones can alert officials of motion detection. Perhaps the most prominent role a patrolling UAV can play is that of a highly visible theft deterrent.
3) Increase Worker Safety
Scaling lofty heights in cold or windy conditions? No longer needed. Aerial footage provided by drones can keep inspectors on the ground a bit more often.
4) Building Skyscrapers
Drones of the future will be able to lift, transport, and position building materials. Flying construction drones could be solely responsible for erecting high-rise buildings such as skyscrapers, allowing lofty towers to be built in urban areas where construction is difficult and expensive. These specialized robots could operate without need for cranes or scaffolding. Simply put, a drone-built skyscraper could take on innovative architectural forms that simply aren’t possible because of today’s construction limitations.
Construction drones are already being used for basic aerial photography and video. We won’t have to wait too long before unmanned aerial vehicles take an even more active role on construction sites. We might all someday be living in condos on the 120th story of a massive tower built by drones. What a view.
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