Schedule monthly site visits to provide detailed aerial images that document construction progress and site development.
The use of aerial photography in the construction industry has mainly revolved around showcasing finished projects for external marketing purposes. Since the start of 2017 Dronescope has provided clients with repeatable drone based images that can be accurately compared over the duration of the project. The ability to provide the same framing week by week or month by month allows clients to evaluate the progress effectively, ensure deadlines are being met and investors have a visual method of tracking any progress.
Automated flight plans and why relinquishing full control of a drone might not be the safest option.
Using the latest mapping software a drones altitude and GPS position can be recorded and plotted onto a map, these plots are know as waypoints. When multiple waypoints have been positioned a flight route between each can be generated, once this route has been uploaded to the aircraft it will automatically fly to each and return to its take off location. This method of operation is extremely effective when producing images or film from the same location month by month and is the basis for DroneScope’s monthly progress & development services across all commercial/construction contracts.
Utilising this technology increases efficiency, speed and accuracy and provides operators with an effective way of recording and returning to each location during every site visit. To ensure maximum safety the use of automated flight paths might not be the best option especially where large construction sites are concerned. As the site progresses it changes dramatically from visit to visit, these changes then need re-evaluating and the automated flight plan amended to suit. Some examples include, the addition of cranes blocking the original route or the workforce changing location and working directly below the flight path. Whist it is not illegal to fly directly over the workforce it is always worth minimising overflying, it also keeps the sites health and safety happy. Making these amendments and re evaluating the changes can be a time consuming process and is the reason the DroneScope crew combines mapping software with full pilot control at all times.