The growing adoption of commercial drones is revolutionizing the way companies survey sites and collect data. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that overall drone sales will reach seven million units annually by 2020, and drone surveying applications will be an important part of that business. When deployed safely and responsibly, drones can go just about anywhere, and fill an important niche’ where manned aircraft or ground survey crews are not optimal. Integrated software and workflows improve efficiency on the site and back at the office, where data is processed into information deliverables.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) provide the opportunity to streamline workflow, offering significant return on investment for those companies deploying the technology. Below are some of the benefits of using drones for commercial construction, land development, surveying and engineering.
A COMPLETE SOLUTION FOR BETTER WORKFLOW
On a recent podcast, Mike Hogan, Director of Sales at Microdrones, shared, “We’re not just offering a drone. What we’re offering is a complete solution for collecting data, known as geomatics. The underpinning is understanding of the geospatial world. Operating the drone is just one aspect of it. How you collect and process the data is the key part of it. You specifically have a task to do.”
COLLECTING DATA IN A NEW WAY
Saving time is saving money. The longer it takes to collect data, the more costly a project will be. With UAV mapping packages, professionals can collect the same data previously captured by more expensive manned aircraft or ground crews, but in a safer, more efficient way, delivering immediate return on investment.
UAV technology doesn’t replace people; it just creates a more resourceful approach. Drones simply become another tool that makes the job of those using it easier. It’s a shift toward geospatial data, and this shift is saving companies plenty. A large construction company could earn back their drone investment in just one or two big projects.
DEPLOYING DRONES TO EXPEDITE PROJECTS
UAV technology allows engineers to map and survey sites using photogrammetry, take aerial photographs, inspect hard to reach infrastructure, and more, providing a competitive advantage in proposal processes and beating project deadlines.
The ability to collect geospatial data delivers results not just for engineers, but also surveyors and inspectors. It also can play a role in many other industries, such as mining, agriculture, gas utilities, and more. And as UAV applications continue to proliferate into new industries, Microdrones is primed to provide solutions and maximize efficiency for businesses in all sectors.
LAND DEVELOPER SAVES TIME AND MONEY WITH DRONES
Microdrones and Sitech South have been working with Brent Scarbrough & Co., a massive construction company in the Southern U.S. What once took two to three workers a few days now takes about 15 minutes on site plus a few hours of processing. This improvement in productivity has made a huge difference for the firm. Take a look at our latest videos demonstrating this work here.