Future of Construction: Droning on

Drones seem to be everywhere these days and not always in a positive way. You hear endless stories of drone-owners getting up to no good with their new toys. As with all new technology, drones were initially poorly regulated meaning that there was no end of mischief you could get up to with very little recompense.

Despite the negative press associated with drones they have proved useful in a variety of different industries. The Construction Industry has already started to embrace the use of drones and in the coming years we’re likely to see this uptake spike as the technology improves and becomes more cost effective.   

With this in mind we take a look at some examples of drone use in the construction industry:

3D Modelling

Obviously one of the most powerful advantages of drone technology is its manoeuvrability and the flexibility that this allows. By using drones to scan buildings, or larger areas 3D models can be quickly and easily compiled and imported into software packages allowing for quick comparisons with design specifications.

Real-Time Progress Monitoring

Again, thanks to the flexibility allowed by the fundamental manoeuvrability of drones, they are the perfect technology to make use of when it comes to monitoring the progress of a build in real time. Being able to get an aerial viewpoint of a site allows project managers to better track the progress of a build, better manage their resources and therefore reduce down time.


Orthomosaics refer to the process of creating an aerial photo or composite image that is geometrically accurate or correct. Meaning, essentially it is an aerial photo which is to scale and has the same lack of distortion as a map. Orthomosaics allow better understanding of a development area in finer detail.


For more information on drones in the construction industry take a look at our previous articles:

Drones - helping you get a birds eye view from the ground

Flying high: The benefits and risks of using Drones in construction

Robots, printers and drones - the high speed future of house building


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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