• Improving jobsite safety
• Providing 3-D models of construction sites
• Performing building inspections
Drones will be able to perform these duties by being outfitted with such things as HD video cameras to track progress, tablets to provide two-way communication, and GPS to produce detailed 3-D models.
It should be noted that the “near future” is now. Construction firms are already in partnerships with drone manufacturers, performing research, conducting studies, and testing drones for various applications such as inspecting bridges for cracks and other deficiencies, inspecting roofs and joint sealants, and surveying land fills.
There are issues with the use of drones, of course. Primarily, the issue lies with the legality of the commercial use of drones. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), whose jurisdiction the drones seem to fall under, seemingly feel commercial use of drones is completely legal. The FAA, on the other hand, argues that drones fall under their jurisdiction because drones fit their definition of aircraft and should therefore be subject to FAA regulations. Once that gets sorted out, which could take awhile, there’s no doubt many other parties will want their say.
What do you say? Are drones on construction site a good thing or not worth the hassles they might create?
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