Construction and Surveying Industries Seeing Reduced Costs, Increased Productivity by Adopting UAV Technology

Our GEO Jobe UAV crew has been busy flying jobs for a variety of clients recently, including UAV and aerial mapping for construction projects and new residential / neighborhood developments, College campus sites and school facilities, utilities inspection, mines, a marina, and more. Perhaps even more interesting to some of you, surveyors and the surveying industry have been showing much interest in adopting UAV technology for more efficiencies, cost savings, and high quality data capture! These just just a few of the industries that are looking at considerable benefits by employing low altitude aerial mapping and data capture services from our UAV group.

UAV for construction industry projects

The construction industry, in particular, has been a large and growing sector for our UAV Services group. Many benefits are realized by these clients who are electing to employ UAV data capture technologies and methods. Most notably, UAV data capture is safe and secure, can be flown relatively quickly, and data products are accurate and detailed. In addition to the derivative data products, analysis and reports delivered the clients can also obtain updated ortho photography and digital basemaps for future mapping, digital contour map layers, DEM and 3D data products. Some additional benefits of using UAVs for the construction sector include:

  • Photos and imagery for marketing and sales efforts
  • Video and images for project management, in particular visualizing change detection
  • Project review and assessment
  • More accurate estimating and bidding
  • Safety and due diligence inspection

There are a wide variety of uses and advantages for using a UAV for construction related projects. Below is a list of some typical applications for UAS:

  • Earthwork volumetric surveys and 3D modelling
  • Topographic mapping
  • Infrastructure/deformation monitoring
  • Infrastructure inspection
  • Asset inventory surveys
  • Visualisation surveys
  • “Progress mapping” suitable for BIM
  • Environmental surveys
  • Thermal inspection surveys

Sample UAV Construction Projects Completed by GEO Jobe UAV:

Laying in those utility updates! On-demand, ortho update capabilities allow utilities to manage their assets more effectively and respond to issues more efficiently
Laying in those utility updates! On-demand, ortho update capabilities allow utilities to manage their assets more effectively and respond to issues more efficiently
Setting Ground Control (GCP) for a new residential construction development
Setting Ground Control (GCP) for a new residential construction development
TIN model production on a 3 acre development site. 1ft contours & planimetrics.
TIN model production on a 3 acre development site. 1ft contours & planimetrics.
1ft contours & DTM Surface deliverable on a redevelopment project
1ft contours & DTM Surface deliverable on a redevelopment project
500 acre subdivision update with water lines
500 acre subdivision update with water lines
 1' contours from #drone aerial photos
1′ contours from #drone aerial photos
orthophotography update story, ideal for local government, utilities and others needing GIS data updates
orthophotography update story, ideal for local government, utilities and others needing GIS data updates
Monitoring #construction job sites keep projects on track, on budget and ensures safe practices.
Monitoring #construction job sites keep projects on track, on budget and ensures safe practices.

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Professional Flight mission planning and data coverage reporting

As our UAV Services Division enters another year of project work there’s no signs of slowing down. No doubt this has much to do with the acceptance of UAV/UAS (drone) based data capture efforts in order to get in, get out, start the analysis, and finally, deliver a high quality product, often at a cost to clients that blows their mind! Indeed, the combination of our experience and expertise in GIS, the ArcGIS ecosystem, custom application development, and GEOPowered Cloud technology provides us with a huge advantage over other UAV service providers – a message that we’re proud to share!

We are pleased to be a recognized leader in this space, particularly in the US South-East, including Tennessee and surrounding areas. Indeed the future is bright in this space and the UAV field services appears to be a perfect complement to an already established business of providing custom GIS development, GIS (ArcGIS) services, and GEOPowered Cloud hosting solutions.

Check out our UAV services section and be sure to contact us directly for project questions and pricing for your UAV data collection projects. You can follow our UAV projects on Twitter & Instagram @geojobeuav


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