Middle-East Turns To Drones to Beat Skyrocketing COVID-19 Cases
Recent technological advancements have been known to create impending changes within the construction industry.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) or better known as, drones are being increasingly utilized by many construction and engineering firms. Bearing in mind, the impact of COVID-19 within the region, many have turned to the use of drones to help maintain vital Health and Safety standards.
Studies revealed that at least 25% of the companies within the industry have already implemented these devices within their projects. The UAE’s largest UAV provider, Falcon Eye Drones (FEDS), have reported a decrease of up to 11.8% in progress monitoring and 18.4% cut down in time spent on project management (Williams 2020).
Drones for many years have been known for its efficiency requiring little to no human interventions. Due to this, construction projects have witnessed an increase in quality and accuracy while cutting planning and survey costs.
4 ways to implement drone usage and bring value to your projects
1. Aerial Monitoring: Their high maneuverability and rotary functions help capture real-time analytics and realistic images of a construction site. Depending on the type of drone used, many are accompanied by features of thermal and UV cameras which help detect water leaks and concrete cracks much faster. Furthermore, rotary UAV’s also come with an added advantage of high-quality photography for marketing purposes, traffic monitoring and much more.
2. Reduced Worker Exposure: Apart from providing fresher insights, drones have been known to aid in pipeline inspection. With the 3D mapping feature when paired with 5G wireless, the use of UAV’s can provide remarkable results. This will enable key stakeholders, contractors and project managers to engage in efficient decision-making remotely.
3.Safety Monitoring: Use of UAV’s could help document job-site conditions to help create awareness about safety regulations. Furthermore, some drones are also equipped to be integrated to security alarm system and help produce alerts in cases of safety violations.
4. Pylons Maintenance: Drones can provide 24 hour inspection, and operate at lower altitude. Furthermore, their UV cameras and thermal detection capabilities enable early detection of overheated connectors and discharge.
What you should know
Before implementing drones within any sector, there are several things to consider. Implementing UAV’s within a project also requires certain licenses and adhering to multiple laws and legislations within the country. In the case of the U.A.E, drones are operated by licensed pilots who are required to be registered within the General Civil Aviation Authority or the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.
Drones within a job site produce volumes of data in terms of raw images, videos and many file. It is therefore, up to the drone service provider to account for data acquisition and produce coherent results for evaluation. Furthermore, many factors such as the make and build of models used also come into play.