Survey by drone
Thanks to continuous technological advances, we can now work with a method that allows us to document even very large sites quickly and accurately. Here is what it is, how to imagine using it and what the benefits are!
Drone footage can do more than you think!
It could be considered a new trend that thousands of people have started to follow drone footage of construction sites on social media. It is possible to follow the progress of construction sites on private drone videos, which may be of interest to many. But these videos can do much more! They can also be of real benefit to property developers and industrial estate developers. As an operator, we can already exploit the potential of this technology, for example when it comes to documenting or reviewing large areas or industrial plants. As these simple drone images can now be fully dimensionally accurate, they also allow precise volume and area measurements to be taken, as well as other measurements on the images.
The drone takes pictures of objects from different angles using photogrammetry. These image files are automatically transferred to a computer by specially developed software, and then converted into 3D images using mathematics and artificial intelligence. This method allows measurements to be made directly on the computer with complete accuracy. Commercially available drones can provide the image quality needed. This clearly keeps the purchase costs down.
Another advantage is that all the details are visible in the images and the user-friendly interface makes it easy to navigate even for inexperienced users. Using a standard web browser, customers can virtually feel like they are on the spot and have a detailed overview of the situation. The photogrammetric method not only helps with measurements and mapping, but also offers users additional possibilities. It can also help in the seamless documentation of construction projects, maintenance, recording of existing installations and any kind of inspection.
The very useful tools in the CAFM system make the work even smoother. Thanks to integrated timelines, for example, changes can be precisely localised and seamlessly documented at all times. This way, we can keep track of processes every time we log in. But you can also click on an information point on the screen to view specific areas and set up additional links to other CAFM systems. All this allows you to always have a complete overview of the situation without having to go to the site.
Drones can provide significant time and cost savings thanks to fast and multidimensional recordings. Particularly at high altitudes – for example chimneys, furnaces, wind turbines – or in buildings that are difficult to see or even inaccessible, drone documentation can be a huge help. We can skip all difficulties with their use. It is therefore no wonder that many more industries will rely on data from drone-based measurements and recordings in the future.