Top tips for adding drones to your construction business
Drones also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), is a small flying aircraft system that can be remotely controlled. The use of drones in construction is an innovation which is really taking off. You can learn more about the benefits of using drones in building surveying here.
So what are the top considerations for construction companies wanting to add drones to their business plan?
Battery life and flight time
A longer battery life and flight time will give you greater flexibility so this is an important feature to consider when selecting the correct drone. However, it is important to remember that with better battery life and flight time, comes higher costs. This is generally down to how much a company is willing to invest in the quality of the drone product.
Range and maneuverability
In terms of range, the distance over which a drone can travel from its operator is also an important feature to consider and is very useful for exploring large areas. Better maneuverability enables drones to access hard to reach areas, especially on smaller construction sites.
Payload, referring to how much a drone can carry, is an important factor as it will determine the weight and size of the equipment that can be attached. The greater the payload that a drone can carry, the more flexibility you will have in terms of adding on additional technology, adapted to your specific needs.
Staying up-to-date with regulations
As mentioned in the blog, regulations in the commercial drone technology industry are continuously evolving. It is important to review the latest Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to make sure that your drone complies. You can read more about the latest CAA rules here.