Drones in the Construction Industry

Construction surveying, conducted by our team of professional’s, work to ensure that your project is completed both on time and on budget.  Drones in the construction industry provide a new perspective to any stage of your construction project with powerful tools that save time and money.

  • Ultra HD aerial photographs and Ultra HD aerial videos of areas that you can’t otherwise access, at a much lower cost than a helicopter or plane.
  • Strengthen your bidding stage with HD photos and video that provide your estimator with an excellent overview of your project, and identify features not seen at ground-level.
  • Manage stakeholder engagement.
  • Take project monitoring and controlling to the next level.
Drones in construction industry

Trends in Canadian Construction Industry

Canada’s construction industry output value was estimated to be US$291.2B in 2018.  This is expected to grow to US$304.6B in 2023 (measured at constant 2017 US dollar exchange rates), at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.90%, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.  GlobalData’s report, ‘Construction in Canada – Key Trends and Opportunities to 2023’ reveals that the government’s planned investments in infrastructure are expected to support the growth of Canada’s construction industry.  Under the ‘Investing in Canada Plan’, the government plans to invest a total of US$139B in key infrastructure sectors through 2028.

However, the construction industry is far from the most efficient.  In 2016, McKinsey & Company reported that large construction project “take 20 percent longer to finish than scheduled and are up to 80 percent over budget.”  The article also reports that the construction industry is the least digitized and identifies several trends that will shape construction and capital projects.  Higher definition surveying and the inclusion of drones is among these trends.

Drones are a rising trend among many industries and the impact of drones within construction is irrefutable. Some of the significant advantages of incorporating drone technology include:

  • Reduced process and analysis times
  • Less risk and consequently lower costs 
  • Increased monitoring capabilities
  • Increased stakeholder engagement and satisfaction
  • Increased transparency and progress monitoring

While drone technology is used throughout many industries, the fastest growing commercial adopter is the construction industry.

Growth in industry adoption

Why use drones on your construction project?

Drones in the construction industry has revolutionized the way stakeholders view a site and visualize a completed project. Drone technology allows for much more careful analysis of progress during construction.

Retain a Competitive Advantage in a Demanding Market

Our drones allow your team to use the surveillance to check locations for assets and materials, rather than physically moving about the construction site.  360 Thermal Horizons drones can be used to check dangerous areas remotely, reducing risk to your employees.  Drones can improve your risk management plan and increase your overall project safety pan.

Drones help monitor progress

360 Thermal Horizons drones help you and the project owner visualize the completed job with unparalleled detail.  Construction can be a time-consuming endeavor, and it’s not always easy to communicate to a client where exactly your time and their money go.  Our drones eliminate that uncertainty by allowing careful observation throughout the entire process.

Drones are cost-saving

Drones are also a huge cost-saver across many different expense types.  You are able to invoice more accurately by performing more quality inspections of work completed.

Drones provide additional data

Our drones add value to the customer during handover.  Providing the client with visual data on the as-built condition of the project allows them to better manage and maintain the property after you’ve finished your work.  Having this kind of information on file also reduces the chance of litigation and can be used as a defensive tool.

Who is using drones on the jobsite?

We talk a lot about what’s possible with drones, but who is actually taking advantage of the technology?  Project managers, technology managers, and superintendents are the top roles benefiting from drones.

Superintendents, technology managers, and project managers lead the way in using drones on the job site.  Builders use drones to collect real-time data about projects and understand what’s happening on site.  Aerial imaging and surveillance improve progress tracking and help identify problems early — before they become costly or add weeks to a project’s timeline.

But progress tracking is not the only way construction companies use drones.  By spending less time each week mapping a job site, contractors gain access to an unprecedented amount of knowledge about nearly every aspect of their project.  Drones do more than improve communication and help keep projects on track, they also;

  • increase safety
  • save time
  • reduce costs
  • reduce resources
  • increase surveying
  • provide high-resolution, real-time photos, videos, and thermal imaging

Infrastructure inspections

360 Thermal Horizons advanced, detailed, and cost-effective infrastructure inspection solutions use state-of-the-art technology.  Hard-to-reach assets are viewed at close range, and in most cases, the job site remains fully operational to avoid inconvenience due to closure.

The infrastructure inspection data can be uploaded to your cloud storage, so that it is archived and accessible to all shareholders.  Drones in civil engineering are the best alternative to traditional methods of infrastructure inspection, and never compromise information quality.

Infrastructure services using drones:

  • Monitor road and highway damage due to environmental impact and natural erosion.
  • Maintain bridges, tunnels and other critical infrastructure to help reduce the cost of on-demand maintenance, all the while ensuring public safety.
  • Perform railway inspections frequently and efficiently to avoid damage and derailment.
  • View seaports, canals, and waterways in superior detail and accuracy.

Why partner with us?

A project begins with a Charter and includes all the methods to identify, define, combine, unify and coordinate the various processes and activities within the Project Management Process Groups.  360 Thermal Horizons team of certified PMPs work with you throughout your project lifecycle.  This includes the Monitoring and Controlling process which; track, review, and regulate the progress and performance of the project; and identify any areas in which changes to the plan are required.  Our team of highly trained professionals are certified/registered with several regulatory authorities across Canada, and have 25-years of project management experience in mega-scale projects.

When it comes to projects, we speak your language! Let’s talk about how we can work together to provide you with professional drone services and bring your project management to the next level.