Verifying Work with Aerial Documentation
While MAB’s drone program has active pilots flying almost every day on various construction sites, their surveying process looked very different just one year ago. “Verification of areas with material deposits used to take our surveying commission four days, and captured less than 2,000 data points to verify the design of that area,” Santiago told us, “With drone technology, we can fly sites in less than half a day.” This new, streamlined method of site surveying allows for a quick turnaround in processing and profile verification. If there’s any deviation in design, project teams will be some of the first to know.
These aerial insights have made technical inspectors' tasks much more manageable by reducing the time spent on manual labor. Rather than drive to a construction site, unload materials, and measure multiple stockpiles, elevation gains, and the like, these workers can now view this information via DroneDeploy. Instead of gathering these physical data points, returning to the project office, performing more calculations, and uploading a final report, these duties now take just 1-2 hours. While this process typically took days to complete, utilizing drone software has reduced MAB's inspection times by 4.5x.