Drone Use In Construction

Drones In Construction

worker inspecting flat roof

Drones have a number of important ways in which they can contribute to the smooth and efficient progress of construction projects.  From tracking site progress and monitoring site safety, to keeping stakeholders informed and overseeing subcontractors, the use of UAVs can offer substantial benefits over traditional methods.

Even with relatively small construction projects with complex logistical challenges, the ability to streamline and simplify these operations has without doubt led to drone technology being fully embraced by the construction industry.

Drones can offer aerial photos and even 3D models created relatively simply with a short series of flights.  These detailed images can be used to spot problems, and adjust plans and timescales accordingly.  They also serve to provide a record of the various stages of the project which can be used for future maintenance purposes.

Site Mapping and Geotagged Images


Site mapping regularly is an important tool for project management with an aerial drone camera this is has become faster and simpler than ever. Geotagged images offer a complete set of references from which measurements can be taken.  This can be an invaluable tool when it comes to quantitative estimates and ordering supplies, saving both time and money.

Faster Solutions

Drone can provide a faster and simpler solution for Safety inspections with their arial imagery solutions. Targeting specific areas that are highlighted as a cause for concern enables a quicker investigation on solution. This can save a lot of time patrolling these often huge construction sites.  The resulting images can be quickly passed to required specialists to allow them to analyse the data at least initially without the need for a site visit.  In fact, there are many ways in which this digital information can be share between all parties for improved collaboration.

Regular Updates

The reduced costs of aerial inspections when compared with traditional, ground-based methods means that expense is not a barrier to scheduling regular updates. For any construction project manager, more information is a valuable asset – the sooner problem areas can be perceived, the sooner they can be dealt with and usually at less expense than rectifying problems that have been left unchecked for longer periods.

Detailed Inspection

As well as providing overview images of a site, drones with high resolution cameras can be used to carry out detailed inspections of areas that would be hard for construction personnel and necessitate either scaffolding or cherry pickers.  Areas such as roofs, chimneys and spires can be easily captured without incurring the health and safety risks involved with working at height.

Drones and Land Surveys

There is always the need for accurate land surveys before a construction project of any size begins.  Drones are an ideal way to carry out these surveys from a project’s inception, providing a detailed and accurate backdrop for planning. Details of the site can then be used to inform the design process from the start, minimising problems and maximising opportunities.

Improving Security

Drones can be used on site not just to assess safety conditions for the workforce.  They can also be regularly deployed to check for theft and vandalism.  Maintaining security across sometimes vast tracts of land with expensive materials and machines spread across various locations can be difficult.  On foot patrols can be replaced with regular drone patrols with security staff deployed on a much more targeted basis to investigate if a problem is identified.

Construction worker piloting drone at building site for safety inspection

What can they achieve?

  • Ridge tiles
  • Flat roofs
  • Dormer roofs
  • Valleys and gulley’s
  • The roof covering
  • Flashing condition
  • Guttering and drainage systems
  • Roof windows and skylights
  • Chimney stacks
  • Insulation integrity

What will it cost?

A roof inspection costs UK varies depending on a number of factors. These include the size of your property, its location, the type of inspection you need and how it will be carried out. We perform drone roof inspections across the UK, and these are often a more cost effective solution.

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