Construction site managers often use aerial photography specialists for construction progress drone photography to save time and money by capturing an oblique aerial photography from all points of the compass around a construction site providing digital imagery, or aerial maps, in 3 dimensional formats in high resolution 4K color video that can be shared in real time or sent electronically within anywhere around the world in minutes. Construction site aerial photography is now the norm for most construction companies, and developer
Drones reduce travel time for construction personnel by providing information about what’s going on to other team members like the safety team, the cost control team, and design team and to other who contribute to the success of the project. Drones can share data without actually going to the job site.
They can improve safety. In the days before drones, for example, measuring the roof of a house for solar panels or roof replacement would require a workman to climb up to the roof with a measuring tape, which often produced inaccuracy and lots of danger to the worker if the roof had a high roof pitch or multiple stories high structure.
Such dangers are magnified on a construction site of skyscrapers and other large structures. In the old days workers seeking access to the exterior of a high rise would be lowered over the side in a swing platform that was lowered from the roof and hung from cables. These swing platforms are unstable, awkward and very dangerous in windy conditions.
Falling off of roofs made up about one third of deaths in the construction industry in 2016, according to the latest figures from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. That number is drastically reduced by the deployment of drones for quality control inspections, observation, and similar missions.
Drones are also used to check the quality of steel connections in a bridges, under the structure, above and on the side and other awkward locations, sometimes difficult for workers to get to.
Drones help building planners decide where to situate new building structure. At a 89 room hotel building in downtown Tampa FL the developer deploys a little drone to the exact height and location of a planned fifth floor terrace to help decide how best to take advantage of the view.
Monthly progress reports can be provided in video or still photo updates. Flying the drone down the same routes on construction developments sites shows the entire property as the project progresses.