Drones

Implementing new technology into construction is a smart decision, but it's a process. The technology must present tangible value from Day 1, and it has to make sense for the job site. It must work as well in the field as it did at the tradeshow. Smart contractors choose products or platforms with the worker in mind.

On Nov. 20, 2019, Doosan Infracore (DI) unveiled "Concept-X" at its Proving Grounds in Boryeong City, Korea. More than 200 people were in attendance, including National Assemblymen, Mayor of Boryeong City, business executives from Bosch, ASI, LG U+ and PoteNit related to the development of Concept-X, representatives of government agencies, and scholars from various academic institutions.

MEDFORD LAKES, N.J. (AP) There's a tree in the field behind Jon Moraglia's house that still has a drone stuck in a branch at the top. It's been up there for about four years. That's back when he was playing around with toy drones. Now the 18-year-old takes drones very seriously.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has received national honors for its innovative use of drones during the state's coordinated response to Hurricane Florence. NCDOT was awarded the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's Xcellence Award in the humanitarian category at the AUVSI's annual Xponential Conference, which was held in Chicago April 29 to May 2.

In 2016, when the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) first compiled the findings of its inaugural survey on drone usage among state transit authorities, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit received some surprising results.

It's well known that drone deployment in construction is growing exponentially, but how exactly are the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) machines employed? To learn more about the specifics, Construction Equipment Guide spoke with two SpawGlass staff members: Richard Evans, a drone integration specialist, and Grady Frank, a quality control superintendent, about how drones are having an impact on recent projects.

McNeil Engineering, a Sandy, Utah-based engineering firm makes use of a drone in ALTA Land Surveying projects and more, all to the benefit of its clients and customers. Drones are still a curiosity to many people, who associate them with military use and recreational purposes — and sometimes spying on the neighbors.

Komatsu America Corp. and Propeller Aero Inc. are partnering to boost the efficiency of construction job sites using drone-powered mapping and analytics software. With drones becoming an increasingly common worksite tool, Komatsu has identified aerial mapping and analytics as a key component of its Smart Construction initiative — a range of integrated hardware and software products designed to offer an end-to-end workflow for each phase of construction.

The aviation division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR) and the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, helped sponsor a “drone workshop” on June 28 that brought together 150 participants from the public and private sectors to discuss the commercial possibilities “unmanned aerial systems” or UASs for work such as post-natural disaster inspections of critical infrastructure.

Technology is helping contractors gather data at the jobsite to make more informed decisions, improving productivity, safety and the bottom line. So which technologies are deemed some of the hottest on the jobsite now? Industry insiders point to drones, lasers and wearables, to name a few.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones are one of the most promising and multifaceted technologies to come along in recent years. Innovation and the implementation of new technologies have always been hallmarks of the construction industry. With a seemingly endless list of uses both in the field and in construction planning and managing drones are game changers.