It is said that the construction industry is always interested in using the latest technology whenever it makes the work simple.
Yes, it is undoubtedly true. Unless the technical advancement makes the life of a construction engineer simple, he or she will not be quite enthusiastic for it.
When we see drones becoming a common site on buildings under construction, it can be assumed that these flying wonders must be adding value to the life of construction engineers.
Yes, they are amazingly convenient and useful. The uses of drones are many.
- Inspection of areas that are hard to reach, e.g., roofs, towers and chimneys
- Surveying and mapping construction sites
- Creating a precise plan
- Taking high-resolution photographs
- Using real-time data for 3D-model creation
These are just a few prominent applications of drones. As the technology advances and more sophistication gets added to the drones, they will become furthermore essential for the construction workforce.
What are the possibilities of using drones in construction process?
According to the experts in the niche, there are unlimited possibilities of using drones in the construction business.
For example, a drone can be attached to the diggers. These “smart” diggers know how deep they are supposed to excavate. As soon as they reach the “desired”, it stops digging. Thus, it reduces the possibility of human error.
Drones can be used for measuring or monitoring the progress on the construction site. Thus, it improves efficiency in the construction process.
The use of drones in the construction and deconstruction process will take work efficiency at new heights.
Issues and concerns
Though there are several positive things that are being told about the use of drones in construction, some experts warn about the concerns and legal issues.
- Real-time survey of the construction site may give rise to delay disputes. Since the actual construction progress will be known to everyone, it may be misused for creating unnecessary disputes.
- Experts also warn about increasing cases of complex liability issues if the surveys are taken using drones. For example, if there are some technical shortcomings in the drone that result in an inaccurate survey report, then the liability disputes may arise. Who will be responsible for the error in such a case?
- Due to the multiple parties involved, the legal complexity will increase. Drone manufacturer, 3D printing contractor, survey specialist, and data processing company will not own the end-to-end responsibility of the error.
- There is a possibility of cyber attack because drone uses communication technology for exchanging information. According to cyber experts, it is crucial to address this risk if we want to make use of drones in the construction business. The parties are supposed to consider cyber risk insurance.
In short, the use of drones excites a few people. However, a few are concerned about the possible complexities.
Though the use of drones hasn’t become predominant so far, it is high time to think about the problems that may arise tomorrow.
The earlier we find solutions, the better it will be. Nobody can stop the use of technology and gadgets. It is better to make it foolproof.