When you think of drones the image that springs to mind is probably something out of a sci-fi movie, where a threat is eliminated in one fowl swoop!

They are however being successfully used in many industries, from life-saving drones in search and rescue to capturing terrifying footage inside a tornado! They are even being adopted by the construction industry to get up close and personal on high-rise buildings and by architects to enhance 3D modelling.

So why should you embrace this technology rather than fear it?

Building new homes takes time and effort to ensure everything is built to the correct standard and developed on time. So if there was a technology that could save you time whilst helping you to identify and manage potential risks you would be tempted wouldn’t you?

Drones are already being utilised in the construction industry for this very reason, in particular on high-rise projects where it can be difficult to access parts of the structure without the need to erect scaffolding.

We have summarised the main uses of drones in construction below:

Use of drones in construction

  • Displaying progress of sites to clients
  • Eliminate/reduce the need for scaffolding
  • Identify problems and future issues during construction
  • Improving safety for workers
  • Quality control
  • Surveying
  • Inspections of bridges and other dangerous structures
  • Enhance modelling and designs

We have made use of drones ourselves, to assess a roof that would have been difficult to reach with expensive scaffolding. We used a company called CRGP to conduct an aerial drone survey to provide us with aerial shots and video footage of the site in order to check the condition of the roof and identify the works required. Saving both time and money.

Other companies that have recently used drones in some of their projects are Curtis Moore on their Wick North Primary School & Wick High School site and Crossrail through their Innovate18 programme.

The use of drones in construction is still in its early stages but there is definitely potential to make life easier for architects, builders and surveyors alike.

By Anna Symington

Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date LABC Warranty technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the LABC Warranty technical manual.

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