Construction Progress Photography

 

ob site documentation is essential for every general contractor. Whether you need to share the state of a project with clients and stakeholders, monitor site changes over time, or dispute claims down the road—you’ll need to capture progress photos throughout a project.

Drones are quickly becoming the go-to tool for job site documentation. And for a good reason: drones provide aerial perspectives, along with accurate visual data, to help your team make better decisions on the job site. They also save time and money, improve communication, and increase safety.

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Real estate

 

Listing agents of residential properties can use drones to create beautiful video tours of their properties. Using a drone to capture video footage of unusually large properties also makes it easier to obtain areas that may be somewhat difficult to reach on foot during a showing.

Home services companies can benefit, as well. Exterior home inspections can now be performed with a drone, saving inspectors time, energy, and liability.

Inspections

 

Drones may prove useful for several types of inspections. For instance, roofing companies can use drones to inspect existing roofs that need replacement.

Wind energy engineers can perform inspections on wind turbines and turbine props without needing to bring in heavy lifting equipment or put humans at risk of injury.

A drone can capture high-definition video of every joint, support, crack, and crevice on a bridge which can be more thorough than what a human engineer on the job might be able to do because of environmental variables and safety restrictions.

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Land surveying

 

Drones have made it possible to do site surveying more accurately and in less time. Drones can be programmed to fly over hundreds of acres, take pictures and video, map elevation changes with LIDAR or other sensors, locate water and water flow patterns, detect the presence of different minerals and resources, you name it. The information can be analyzed and processed in a shorter time because the process is automated with drones.

Insurance claims

 

With new technology, you could notify your insurance company of a car accident using a mobile app on your phone. The app could then transmit information including coordinates back to the insurance company,who could then take your coordinates and dispatch a drone to come out and gather pictures and videos of the accident scene.

Drones can flyover a home that is damaged with photos and videos and speed the process up while reducing the risk of accidents on the insurance inspector.

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Search and rescue

 

In 2014, drones were introduced as a critical tool for locating people in areas ravaged by fire, flood, or other natural disasters. Drones can be equipped with sensors like infrared that can be used to find humans in remote areas by their heat signatures. Streaming video can be used for visual identification of people in distress, and GPS information gives rescue personnel the ability to precisely locate the distressed and send in aerial support to rescue people.

Special events

 

The most epic events of your life deserve epic documentation, and drones are the answer. Drones can be used to get aerial shots that were once unobtainable for mostpeople. Drones also enable you to get beautiful footage of that particular event. Your big day just got more cinematic.

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Agriculture

 

Drones make it possible for farmers to be able to address hydration issues by measuring the water content of the soil. This can help farmers identify whether they have drainage issues or irrigation problems. Drones can also be used to help farmers measure how fast their crops are growing in remote fields.

Drones can be used to detect the presence of crop-wrecking bugs and then even deploy hyper-accurate pesticide applications instead of spraying an entire field.