Drones have the potential to be valuable, cost-effective tools on a construction site. They can be employed to:
- take aerial and infrared images as well as topographical surveys;
- collect data to generate as-built models on a frequent basis;
- improve worker safety by identifying risks and conducting inspections in areas that may pose hazards if accessed by workers;
- assist in site surveillance and security; and
- provide real-time updates through live video feed and photographs to project stakeholders.
There are also exciting advancements for drone use in the construction industry that are developing, such as the use of a 3D bitumen printer attached to a drone for road repair, autonomous digging and sensor placement drones, and advances in battery technology that may someday allow for large payload transfers across distances.
Legally referred to as unmanned air vehicles (UAV), operators in Canada using drones that weigh more than 25 kg for commercial purposes (including on a construction site) must go