How Drones Are Used in Construction

Increasing safety, cutting costs and bettering security for healthcare builders of the future.

US Health Care Construction spending is at 42 billion dollars! That’s a healthy amount of money and it excites healthcare builders—like us—to know the country is investing in an infrastructure for health.

Our blogs have been touching on the newest technology lately because exciting times are ahead. When used as another instrument in our toolbox there can be a lot of improvement to the development of hospitals, assisted living facilities and medical buildings.

For today’s entry we’d like to drone on and on… but in a good way. Many businesses use drones but the fastest commercial growth is coming from the construction industry. They’re very cool. Drones can improve job sites in a myriad of ways. Let’s start with the most important one, safety.

42% of construction worker deaths involve falls. That’s according to the latest data from the CDC. Drones take on a big part of examining and evaluating building areas up in the sky. With less need for workers to scale the heights this technology is the “ounce of prevention” healthcare builders need to increase safety on the job.

Like any tool the use of drones has its challenges. Precise weather information is needed before lift-off. Avoiding thick clouds and high winds is critical to getting the correct information to the team. While they save construction sites a great deal of money in the long term the upfront cost can be daunting. We know it well.

Still we dream on because the use of drones not only increases safety it improves collaboration. They do this by collecting information on-site and sending it out through a tool like BIM. Check out our recent blog about that tool here. Engineers, carpenters, owners and architects can all tap into the latest data via any smart object in their backpack. It’s the perfect way to see the progress moving along day to day and find issues before they become problems.

Healthcare Construction and Drones. A good partnershipHealthcare Construction and Drones. A good partnership

Healthcare Construction and Drones. A good partnership

Additionally, drones can be proactive tools by providing land-surveillance a lot faster and easier than traditional methods. In the near future these tools can shorten the construction time for a skyscraper notably. That saves the client money and allows contractors to take on more ambitious projects to bolster their bottom line. And speaking of “bottom line” an overhead drone can video the job site making theft or vandalism incredibly difficult. Honest people like cutting costs that way.

We’re looking forward to learning and even using this segment of healthcare construction technology. Keep an eye on the many uses and next time you’re on a building job site… look up!

JP Carlton

J.P. Carlton

J.P. Carlton is the founder of Carlton Building Services, a Hampton Roads-based construction company.