Drones On Construction Sites

Why Should We Use Drones On Construction Sites?

Drones on construction sites are becoming a much more common occurance, due to the efficiency and cost savings they can provide to the process.

You may have found your way to this blog post by hearing more about drones and how they are helping your competition, your colleagues, or perhaps just your industry in general, to save on cost and time delays.

There are quite a few use cases for drones on a construction site, but I will try and whittle it down to four key uses for this blog entry. Here we go…

drones on construction sites

1. Mapping

Being able to visually identify what is happening on your site provides an instant overview of progress and accuracy. Mapping provides important information that enables organizations to make informed decisions.

You can use these maps and compare them against BIM (Building Information Modelling) plans, to ensure that there are no differences, which could incur delays, re-builds, or potential loss in value or the structure by the end of the project. No one wants to be that person who has to report on mistakes that have gone weeks or months without being identified. Get a drone up every couple of weeks to make sure everything is still in line with the plans and progressing at the rate you expect.

A great example I like to use comes before you are really out of the ground. Using specialist LiDAR (more info on what that is can be found here), Cambridge Drones are able to scan large areas quickly and accurately, to ensure the groundworks have been finished to the correct elevations/depth, allowing the build to progress with confidence. Doing this through traditional methods takes a long time and is very expensive. The time savings alone made the cost worthwhile. They were able to fit 3 weeks work, into 1 day of scanning with the drone. And on top of all this, you also save on the health and safety risk by needing much fewer people to survey the site. Using drones for large scale projects is at a point now where it’s more cost-effective and just faster.

If you are interested in a more real-world example of how this has helped an organisation, check out this link to see how Brasfield and Gorrie in the USA have massively benefited.

2. Site Health and Safety

Health and safety is a big concern, and using drones on construction sites can heavily mitigate against the risk of using our people to perform tasks at heights. Rather than sending people up scaffolding, or abseiling down buildings, we can use drones to quickly and easily scan the whole site within minutes or hours. This greatly reduces the risks and ensures you are able to maintain strong health and safety controls.

3. Reducing Build Times

Time savings are probably one of the most “board level” reasons to use a drone on construction sites. It means you can turn around sites faster, which means releasing profits to use elsewhere.  Time savings contribute immensely to profitability, especially when financing is involved. Reduced time requirements for financing can save £1,000’s alone, which easily covers the cost of the use of Drones and revenue generating activities.

4. Sell, Sell, Sell!

Selling and updating investors on your build is unsurprisingly important. Customers need confidence in what is being delivered. Drones are able to play a part by delivering visual updates on the site over time. This way the investors and future clients can create and maintain a stronger connection to the site. Also, drones are able to take pictures and form part of promotional videos to help with selling the building or space within it. These aerial shots bring a real professional look and feel that complements traditional photography and videography brilliantly.


So there we have four use cases for aerial drones, that span through finance, sales, engineering, C-suite, marketing, communications and investor relations. Imagine if all the other potential use cases are considered and realised…

Cambridge Drones Surveying Solutions

Cambridge Drones have a number of drones and options available depending on individual project requirements. We hope this blog entry has provided you with more information on drone surveying, and we would be very happy to discuss how we can help you with your drone survey requirements in the future.

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