Using Drones To Increase Construction Management Efficiency
May 31, 2018 | Written by: Gary Bizek
The profitability of any and every construction company is basically based on three very important or critical factors. They are:
- Time which decides the total schedule of the project and also plays a role in determining the total cost,
- The total cost that a company will have to bear in order to take a construction project from its planning stages to its completion and
- Quality which needs to be prioritised since it helps build the brand and good will of the company.
Hence in order to ensure complete compliance of all the three factors mentioned above it is necessary to understand all the aspects of a project even before a plan is put in place. These aspects include the project feasibility, a cost estimation which is as realistic as possible and a time schedule which is achievable. In fact even during the course of an on-going project, there is a need for the construction company management and executives to be in sync with what is actually happening in the project site.
All this and much more can be easily done or achieved with the use of drones which provides a bird’s eye view of the progress of a project, the geographical status of a site etc. In short drones help to increase the efficiency of the construction management software and also bring about a decrease in the costs involved in a construction project by enabling certain factors which are extremely relevant to the project. These factors which help provide the relevant data to the construction management software include:
- Land surveying: Human surveyors are generally restricted to the surface while drones with their sensors and advanced technology are able to get an aerial view of the site. This increases precision in visibility and also saves time since they are able to transmit the data collected faster and in a much more organised manner. In fact some advanced drones come equipped with the ability to construct 3D models of the work site thereby enabling contractors to understand the exact condition of the site and help them make much better estimates regarding both the cost of the project and the time required for its completion without having to compromise on quality.
- Communication: Faster communication effectively translates into fast and immediate action which helps construction companies to troubleshoot any issue which might have just cropped up or if there is a possibility of any issue cropping up. Drones with their ability to transmit real-time data in the shortest time possible thus help to minimise occurrences of potentially damaging problems, limit delays and also reduce costs.
- Safety: Drones with their advanced technologies are able to survey all aspects of a work site and understand the dangers that are prevalent or are likely to crop up during the course of the project construction. This helps the planning team to create site logistics plans which are safe and also enable them to map out high-risk zones where extra protection is required. In fact by providing aerial videos, safety managers are made aware of the real-time safety hazards present in a job site and enable them to provide proper safety compliance training to the workers.
- Maintaining project schedule: Irrespective of the scope or size of the construction project, every client needs regular periodic update so that he is in sync with the progress made at the work site. Drones with their aerial survey are able to provide the same. In fact these surveys also enable executives to monitor worksite progress and gain greater visibility of the overall operations thereby enabling them to spot potential problems which might cause delays to the time schedule of the project and mitigate them.
Drones that are used in construction management is still in its infancy. Drones and construction management software make for a unique combination which, if used properly, will only enhance the output of the other thus making construction much more digitised and accurate.