3D Drone Imaging for Construction
Drone technology has been around for some time, but has gained a lot of ground within the past year. Fortune.com cites that Amazon spent $10 million lobbying in D.C. last year with an emphasis on “A bid to finally put commercial delivery drones in the skies.” In relation to the construction industry, increased UAV usage has prompted the “Federal Aviation Administration to launch expedited online drone registration beginning this spring.”
Safer than the method you see above, drone technology has allowed the construction industry to capture visual information and make quick, smart decisions. With drones, general contractors can now track their progress on a daily basis and compare their real-time images against their time- sensitive plans.
3DR’s Solo Smart drone has made leaps and bounds in capturing technology and maneuverability. Equipped with a frame to hold the GoPro Hero4 camera, the 3DR Solo has a feature called Smart Shots that enables automated scripted camera movements to turn your flight into a story. In construction, this can help gather a full perspective for a project on-hand. Additionally, 3DR points out that “It can work the camera as you fly, or fly itself while you work the camera.” This is another useful feature for construction managers who needs an in depth look at their project. Furthermore, the Smart Solo Drone is created to keep up with current technology, as the drone has the ability to be updated overtime. Pricing begins at $800 for the drone, but can increase depending on the needs of the buyer.
Beyond the UAV itself, 3DR has launched a drone-to-cloud collaboration with Sony and Autodesk. This feature, called SiteScan, enables users to gather all of their drone data in a secure and easily accessible location. The integration can be used on a variety of Autodesk products, but must be managed by a Sony tablet. Autodesk’s platform Forge combines a large amount of the design data into one location. This includes your visualization, collaboration and 3D printing data.
As Moore’s Law states, technology doubles every 6 months, and the construction industry is no exception. As a part of an advancing technology company, I’m excited to get an inside look at uses of technology that were unimaginable to generations before me. Yet, as crazy as it sounds, 3D printing, drones and cloud-based technology all seem to be very young in their development. Click here to learn more about 3D Robotics Drone Technology.
Written By: Kyle Love, JBKnowlege Business Development Intern
Howdy! My name is Kyle Love and I am a Junior Supply Chain Management Major at Texas A&M. Since the beginning of January, I’ve been working as a Business Development Intern with JBKnowledge Inc. So far, I’ve gained some great insight on technology development, the construction industry as a whole and various business functions. Since the age of twelve I’ve worked in six different industries, each for an extended period of time, but have gained the most value-added work experience within the past couple months. I am now able to consistently recognize my purpose towards company goals and the impact I have on them. This is a very satisfying feeling, and I would recommend employment here to any qualified candidate who aspires to grow as an individual or would like to advance their career.