COVID-19 Government Response for Construction

Drone inspection of construction site control by UAV pilot

Boris Johnson –

BUILD BUILD BUILD
Boris Johnson, Government says “build, build, build”.

 

Tuesday 30th June Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced “New Deal” which puts jobs and infrastructure at the centre of the government’s economic growth strategy.

Boris Johnson plans to soften the economic impact of coronavirus with a promise to “build build build”.

As part of a “new deal”, Mr Johnson is setting out plans to accelerate £5bn on infrastructure projects.

Mr Johnson will say he wants to use the corona-virus crisis as an opportunity to “to build the homes, to fix the NHS, to tackle the skills crisis, to mend the indefensible gap in opportunity and productivity and connectivity between the regions of the UK”.

Projects in the £5bn economic investment plan include:

  • £1.5bn for hospital maintenance, eradicating mental health dormitories, enabling hospital building and improving A&E capacity
  • £100m for 29 road network projects including bridge repairs in Sandwell and improving the A15 in the Humber region
  • £900m for “shovel ready” local projects in England this year and in 2021
  • £500,000 – £1m for each area in the town’s fund to spend on improvements to parks, high street and transport
  • Over £1bn to fund a schools building project, as announced on Monday
  • £83m for maintenance of prisons and youth offender facilities, and £60m for temporary prison places.

The government says it will bring forward funding to “accelerate” infrastructure projects in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Mr Johnson reiterated a policy of planting 75,000 acres of forest a year and said he’d create new conservation rangers.

As new-build projects launch, there will be a desire and need to save costs, speed up planning processes and streamline communication.

New Homes Construction Site
Aerial Image of a construction site

build, build, build with drones…

Well, with their help. The drone industry is growing rapidly and with the technology producing survey accurate data there will be a growing need for Drone Services and Training.

The question is, do you develop UAV systems and procedures in-house or outsource to a third party? Both have there Pro’s and Con’s, here are the Top 3;

In-house UAV Team

Pros

  • Your own people with new skills.
  • On-Demand, On-Site when you need them.
  • Lower long term costs.

Cons

  • Ongoing training and company guidelines development
  • Maintaining and logging flights.
  • Full Liability and Insurance your responsibility.

 

Outsourced UAV Team

Pros

  • Upfront costs are low.
  • No Training or review of personnel skills – images and data are amazing
  • Operators hold liability for flights.

Cons

  • Costs in the long term are higher.
  • Handing over the Control of Flights and Data.
  • Not always on-site, lead time may increase.

That’s a lot to think about, however, we’re here to help, either option can be suitable for your needs, our consultancy service provides expertise and experience that will help you decide.