Drones and their transformation of the AEC industry

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Companies in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) industry are using drones to quickly and accurately collect survey data.

The architecture, engineering and construction industry has historically been slow to adapt to technology. In fact, according to a McKinsey Global Institute report, the construction industry is one of the least digitalized. This is underscored by another report, this one from JBKnowledge, which reveals that nearly 60% of construction companies are not investing in new technologies.

An increasing number of disciplines is expanding its use of drones

Much of the AEC industry is using technologies and processes that no longer adequately serve their needs, either for projects or for partnerships. However, one area where the construction industry is expanding its use of emerging technology is the use of drones. Estimates from PricewaterhouseCoopers put the sources of drone work for infrastructure at a market value of $45.2 billion. Today, an increasing number of disciplines within construction projects – such as designers, surveyors, environmental consultants, builders and inspectors – are using drones for aerial photography, volumetric analysis and topographic mapping, among many other things.

Benefits of using drones:

1) Helps to increase workflow and efficiency

The ability of drones to collect real-time data on the job site has dramatically increased workflow and efficiency in design and construction. Drones are being used more frequently in construction to conduct on-site surveys, as in the case of our company, Acero Estudio, monitoring the progress of the GECAMA wind farm construction site in Cuenca with the help of this technology.

The drones capture the data that the surveyors need but cannot normally see, since they have an unobstructed, high-altitude view of the construction site.

Drone inspection
Drone inspection in the GECAMA wind farm construction (Cuenca – Spain)

2) Helps to make the construction site safer

This also helps to make the construction site safer, as drones can survey difficult or dangerous terrain, keeping human surveyors out of harm’s way and helping construction workers avoid dangerous areas. For all these reasons, drones are replacing traditional methods of surveying terrain and greatly reducing the time and manual labor required.

Supervising construction with drones

3) Time and cost reduction

It is ironic that the AEC sector is one of the slowest to adopt new technologies, yet one of those that could benefit the most from them. However, this sector has more readily adopted the use of drones, which can save large design and construction projects a lot of time and money.

According to a report in the scientific journal Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, the use of drones for taking measurements and levels of a terrain, allows a reduction of working time of 50% with respect to drones. traditional surveying methods. In addition, it represents a reduction in lifting costs of 75%.

Acero Estudio has just incorporated a fleet of DRONES

Acero Estudio, with headquarters in Valencia and based in Per├║, incorporates a fleet of DRONES capable of developing most of our services faster and with more efficiency, following our commitment with the integration of new technologies in our servicies.



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