Delivery drones have been in the works for some time and although they have been tested in 27 different countries around the world, they are yet to be launched for operation in the UK. As more research and investment is being put into the development of delivery drones, people are starting to wonder how integrating drones into our supply chains will have a wider effect on other industries. In the construction industry in particular, which is already using drones to its advantage, could be affected by the development of drone delivery.
The team at Postage Supermarket have looked at the ways that the introduction of drone delivery services to the UK would affect the construction industry.
Construction has the lowest levels of productivity out of any industry in the UK. Part of the reason for this is the industry’s reluctance to invest in new technologies that could assist in streamlining the current operational processes that the industry follow. Drone technology has the potential to be useful in various aspects of the construction process including construction mapping, site surveys and maintenance of building sites.
If drones are operating regularly throughout the country, they will quickly become an integral tool for digital data collection, in particular for video footage, images and location data. To perform deliveries, drones will have to have an understanding of the size and scale of the areas they are covering. Information such as this could be highly useful for construction companies, helping them to deliver a better quality service to clients and appear more competitive in their field.
Construction planning and site surveys
Drone technology can help hugely with the construction planning process. When completing an initial site survey, there might be certain aspects of a site that cannot be accessed by foot. Surveying a site by foot can also be time-consuming. Drone technology, on the other hand, has the potential to capture a clear, overhead image as well as measurements of the space which improves both the accuracy and speed of the initial site survey. Some innovative drone software systems can produce accurate contour maps and 3D models to based on the footage and data they collect. With drone delivery operating on a regular basis, advanced drone photography is likely to become more accessible to more companies, which would be a huge asset to construction in particular.
Site maintenance and progress monitoring
If we had a drone delivery system operating in the country, we would have drones collecting data on a regular basis, which would quickly unlock the potential for real-time monitoring of building sites. This would be beneficial both for security purposes whilst construction is taking place, but also for post-project process monitoring. Many construction companies like to continue a dialogue with their customers after a project to ensure maximum satisfaction with the work that’s been completed. Drone technology would allow companies to easily scan the area and getting an up to date picture of the construction site after their team has moved out, to ensure that they’re on the same page as clients when discussing past projects.
Transportation of goods and materials
Logistically, drones can also be used to deliver equipment, materials and any documents or paperwork that are needed on site. As well as being useful for time-saving, this could also improve the safety of construction sites too since, on average, seven workers die each year as a result of accidents involving vehicles on construction sites.
Keeps workers safe on building sites
Drones can be used to quickly and easily assess areas of a building site that might be difficult or dangerous to access. Using a drone for this task protects members of your team from being put at risk. It also saves a lot of time as equipment and materials won’t have to be moved around the site unnecessarily.