Real-time control of the project is crucial for on-time completion. Our fixed-wing mapping drones efficiently deliver real-time data for monitoring a construction site’s progress, measuring cut and fill volumes for reporting, and generating geo-accurate 3D building models – all while keeping staff safe and productivity moving.
Thanks to the efficiency of drones, surveying a new construction site takes minutes, requires less resources and comes at a very low cost. Following are a few areas where construction and engineering professionals are using drones today:
Building future transportation infrastructure
Maintaining energy and utility reliability
Simplifying inspections for large asset maintenance
Fixed-wing drones have made it safer, faster and less expensive to collect geospatial data. From the early pre-construction phase to tracking weekly material inventories, drones have made it easier for surveyors, engineers and project managers to work smarter with greater productivity and efficiency.
Time savings – Fixed-wing drones such as the eBee X can cover mid- to large-scale worksites quickly and efficiently without disrupting productivity on the ground.
Reduced costs – Surveys completed by fixed-wing drone are up to 80% quicker than terrestrial methods and require significantly less time and resources. And operators can enjoy additional time savings by using intuitive flight planning software such as eMotion and its optimized corridor mapping feature.
Increased safety – Remote data capture removes surveyors from dangerous areas around construction sites such as roadways, buildings and infrastructure. Due to lightweight, impact-resistant Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) material, plus the smart design of the eBee fixed-wing drones well as pre-programmed emergency actions within eMotion, construction operators have a robust, safe drone for conducting mapping missions.
Higher accuracy – Fixed-wing drones have the ease-of-use and user-friendliness to hit high accuracy requirements with photogrammetry, while directly complementing and validating LiDAR measurements to ensure accuracy in reporting. With an eBee X, construction engineers can achieve high absolute accuracy of down to 3 cm / 1.2 in. via built-in RTK/PPK – no ground control points required.
Better documentation – The speed and regularity at which drone data can be captured allow current and up-to-date insights that maximize site workflows. Having more complete documentation throughout the project life cycle can help better allocate resources, reduce errors and eliminate disputes. Construction engineers can achieve high absolute accuracy of down to 3 cm / 1.2 in. via built-in RTK/PPK – no ground control points required.
Faster turnaround – High accuracy in data that’s repeatable and prompt helps improve weekly inventory estimates and monthly reporting by eliminating costly accumulating errors.
Optimize bidding and pre-construction
Produce a topographical survey of the entire project to ensure accuracy in planning from bid to groundbreaking.
Accelerate progress tracking
Generate fast 2D and 3D maps to track earthworks progress, measure weekly stockpile volumes and develop accurate estimates.
Conduct weekly reporting and monitor monthly KPIs to collaborate with project stakeholders.
Orthomosaic raster – A large image comprised of adjoining orthorectified images that have been digitally reconstructed. Orthomosaic maps are helpful to construction firms for monitoring site occupation and measuring distances between points.
RGB raw images – Unprocessed, raw images offer and even greater level of detail and can be very useful for asset inspecations and analysis.
3D point cloud – Point cloud maps comprise millions of individual points featuring X, Y, Z geospatial coordinates and an RGB value. Construction engineers use them to calculate complex stockpile volumes and automate cut/fill analysis.
3D maps – A 3D textured mesh is a reproduction of the edges, faces, vertices and texture of the area shot by the drone. This model is most useful for visual inspection or for when external stakeholder input or public involvement is essential for a project.
Digital Surface Model (DSM) – 3D display of an area that includes the tops of buildings, trees and other ground-based objects. This detailed model captured with a drone is valuable for tracking earthworks, water flow management and measuring excavation depths.
Digital Terrain Model (DTM) – 3D display of vector data that features natural terrain and regularly spaced points. DTMs can be used in planning new developments such as building construction or noise barrier designs.
Contour lines – Topographic map that delineates surface elevation using contour lines. The construction industry benefits from these contour line outputs for grade and slope monitoring.
Cadastre maps – 2D property maps. Updated cadastral maps of entire townships and cities help determine where easements are located, utilities and other features adjacent to a worksite.
High compatibility – Drone data easily imports into popular third-party construction and earthworks software such as AutoCAD, Trimble Business Center, NRG Survey, Virtual Surveyor, etc.
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