Drone Usage in Construction Increased 239%, Year Over Year

By on July 13, 2018

From The Drive:  When user-friendly hobby drones became technologically sophisticated enough for professionals to improve their businesses with, the modern unmanned aerial vehicle began drastically influencing a wide swath of industries. According to CNBC, the construction field has seen a stunning 239 percent increase in drone usage year over year. McCarthy Building Companies, which holds a spot on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies with $3.5 billion in revenue, is certainly responsible for some of the shift in this particular landscape.

For Ryan Moret, who serves as field manager for the St. Louis-based construction company, the DJI Phantom 4 is just another part of the daily toolkit he packs before heading out to a new site. As the intuitive, camera-embedded drone is fairly easy to use and can provide inexpensive, high-definition aerial imagery of construction sites, the decision to use it as such is a pretty easy one for Moret.

“The cost of the tool is low enough [and] the quality of data we’re receiving is just intrinsically valuable when we see it,” he said. Moret was the first licensed drone pilot for McCarthy Building Companies, with his first assignment being to survey the Plano, Texas-based Children’s Health hospital as soon as he was certified to do so. In the early days, of course, the idea of relying on a UAV for surveying purposes was a little intimidating. “You’re a little nervous because you don’t know what to expect,” Moret said.

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