Why Project Managers should get a Drone Survey to monitor progress

Improved Efficiency

One of the most significant benefits of using a drone survey is the improved efficiency it offers. Instead of relying on manual inspections, which can be time-consuming and often require significant resources, a drone survey can be completed in a fraction of the time. This means that you can gather valuable data about your project more quickly, allowing you to make informed decisions and keep your project on track.

cherry pickers, other lifting equipment or scaffolding can be  relatively expensive compared to a drone inspection
No need to hire a relatively expensive cherrypicker for a day or a week when a drone inspection can be done in a few minutes

Enhanced Accuracy

Accuracy is critical in construction projects, and traditional monitoring methods often fail to provide the level of accuracy required to make informed decisions. By using a drone survey, you can gather accurate data about your project, including measurements and detailed images. This data can be used to identify potential issues before they become major problems and ensure that your project is completed to a high standard. Often volumes of materials aren’t recorded properly but a quick and accurate drone survey will resolve many of these issues.

Improved Safety

Safety is a top priority on any construction project, and using a drone survey can help you ensure that your site is safe for your workers. By using a drone to monitor your project, you can identify potential safety hazards and take action to address them before they cause harm. Monitor progress to check that vehicle and adequately separated. This can help you reduce the overall risk of accidents and ensure your workers can complete their tasks safely. Additionally, by using a drone to monitor progress on site the number of boots on the ground is reduced drastically reducing the specific risks of personnel injury during inspections.

On average, each year, about 7 workers die as a result of accidents involving vehicles or mobile plant on construction sites. A further 93 are seriously injured.

Cost Savings

Big and small sites can benefit from progress monitoring

The drone flight itself avoids the need to use expensive cherry pickers or other lifting equipment to do detailed inspections and assessments at height. On a small project where space can be limited, this can be a huge benefit. When things are tight every decision involving site circulation can be critical. Site operations aren’t disturbed and circulation is maintained during when monitoring progress with a drone.

On larger site inspections, an overview of your project can be gained quickly. Where problems are identified detailed inspections can be made quickly and safely. Those problems can quickly have a solution applied and the problem resolved before it escalates. Inspection reports can be shared internally or with the end client. This builds confidence in the whole team that the project is going well.

Monitor Progress To Increased Stakeholder Confidence

By commissioning a drone survey, you can demonstrate your commitment to ensuring that your project is completed to a high standard. This can help build stakeholder confidence in your project and improve your reputation as a project manager. Additionally, by providing accurate and timely data about your project, you can keep stakeholders informed and ensure that they are satisfied with the progress of the project.

Construction progress monitoring aerial survey: Completed rood on this commercial development
Aerial survey: Completed roof on this commercial development


David Walker McInstCES AssocRICS avatar