A Map for the Future

Drones have the potential to capture more high-resolution data than any other technology, but drones are being under-utilized because of the cost barriers around processing, analytics, and storage.

The good news is many of the drone providers are beginning to address some of these challenges, in order to make data capture more possible in the construction industry.

As one example, PrecisionHawk has opened access to its professional mapping and analytics software. Operators have the flexibility to bring their own drone and generate value from aerial information.

Using GPS (global-positioning system) information embedded within images, the software automatically stitches together a complete map, viewable in both 2D and 3D.

In addition, users can add ground control points and access free analysis tools for construction including: volume calculations, 3D models, contour maps and multiple crop health indices, including visual-NDVI.

While this is only one example, many of the technology providers are beginning to address the challenges associated with leveraging drones in the construction industry—and the contractors will benefit with better access to data.

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