Drones are therefore an integral part of the technologies used for Construction 4.0. “The first immediate benefit therefore lies in the ability to quickly capture what already exists from the air, in the form of photographs or videos. This allows, for example, the customer or the contractor to become familiar with a site or a building very quickly. » *
Here are the 7 main gains and benefits of using drones on a construction site:
Speed of execution of the service (Speed of deployment)
Devices are becoming more and more practical. Take the DJI Mavic 2 Pro as an example, this foldable, compact and portable device weighs less than 1 kg, the battery is quick to install and the grip is assisted. Your flight can be done in a hurry as planned.
The operating costs associated with drones are lower than the costs of traditional methods.
This comes of course from the deployment of staff in place, monitoring requires little or no travel, installation of supports, change of shot and therefore is an obvious reduction in expenditure in hourly cost. The calculation of savings related to the management of health and safety risks must be added to the savings of quality control, monitoring and inspection.
Limits the endangerment of workers
In order to carry out surveillance, professionals must place themselves in situations that expose them to risks. Poor traffic conditions and commuting accidents on a construction site are responsible for many falls (42,000 worker falls recorded each year) **
Ability to cover a large area quickly and makes it possible to analyze places inaccessible by land
Some drones can fly up to speeds of 80km/h, for 55 minutes of charging, and the remote control has a range of up to 15Km. (DJI Matrix 300)
Does not harm ongoing operations, non-destructive analysis methods.
The drone can fly during operations without bringing any apparent risk to workers and vehicles in place (Multidirectional obstacle detection). The height gain has no impact on the site situation.
Allows you to gain height and have a global vision by aerial view.
Whether with LiDAR, infrared or RGB sensors, height measurement allows you to quickly detect risky situations or non-compliances.
Can work in low light environments
Day and night, the drone adapts to situations, the on-board sensors install and uninstall quickly to adapt to your situations.
The benefits of using drones on a construction site are very present and allow you to highlight the technology of course, but also the fact that integration into your organization has a real return on investment. The integration of a drone program in your organization (Drone program) also requires adapting to your human resources as much as to your reality on the ground.
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* Authors: Samuel Dubois, Yves Vanhellemont, Michael de Bouw (CSTC) SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL CENTER FOR CONSTRUCTION – August 2019
** The 5 most frequent work accidents on construction sites - 04 mai 2018 AVIVA.