Managing a project includes many important tasks such as tracking site progress, monitoring safety, overseeing subcontractors and keeping stakeholders informed. It is no surprise that currently, project managers are incorporating drones into their toolkit no matter how big or small the project is.

From aerial photos to maps and 3D modeling, drones will transform your workflow. Not only can they help you save money and resources but will also give your team a rich set of data for better communication and decision making. In just a short amount of time that it takes to map your job site, you will gain a significant amount of knowledge from almost every detail in your project.

Project managers are the focus of every project they are involved in. Nevertheless, being constantly up to date with every change in every assignment they have can sometimes seem like an impossible task. Most construction managers like to map their entire job every week, this is very useful when it comes to tracking, inspecting for safety issues, and keeping real-time tabs on every detail of the site. Since drone maps are geotagged, it allows workers to take basic measurements and instantly estimate stockpile volumes for immediate decision making. Drone maps can also be annotated and shared between team members helping with communication and reporting. Project managers can also add additional site data to the Drone data, or they can import it to industry software for more advanced oversight and planning.

Some ways project managers can incorporate drone data into their daily workflow, which can be conducted and enhanced with aerial maps and 3D models.

  1. Progress Tracking and Reporting

Weekly drone maps help reduce the amount of time it takes to walk the site and monitor, track progress and inspect safety issues. With a visual record of a project and a side-by-side view makes it much simpler compare the progress done, and with annotation tools managers can make reports for internal and external stakeholders.


  1. Communication and information sharing

Drones allow the sharing of information and communication to be easier for both internally and externally. The visual data helps to maintain every informed and up to date with everything. Since its cloud base, instantly sharing annotated maps between team members, or keeping external stakeholders informed on the progress of a project via shared links and interactive 3D models of a job site. Sharing interactive 3D models gives the customers, collaborators, and stakeholders a 360 access of the entire project allowing them to the job site as detailed as they want.


  1. Multilateral collaboration

Referencing to an updated drone map any time changes are needed on the project, it helps to streamline collaboration and improves the decision-making process. Easy communication of site issues during meetings.


  1. Site Planning

For a more detailed planning, overlay drone maps with the site plans. Comparing the real-time conditions with the plans in mind, it allows to detect conflicts early and redirect them at minimal cost.

Exporting drone maps into industry software like BIM, GIS, and CAD gives a more advanced oversight and planning.


  1. Subtractor Management

The real-time quality will allow managers to reference drone maps, and help maintain accountability, preserve subcontractor relationships, and arrange timely solutions that minimize project spare time.


  1. Live Map: Real-time Drone Maps for the Job Site

Live Map is able to change a large number of acres into convenient maps, managers won’t need to make the trip back to the office. They can as well, get accurate aerial views of their work instantly.

Project managers are also able to keep a close eye on the updated progress of the earthwork, equipment, subcontractors, and structures.




***Original article “Drones in construction management” by DroneDeploy.***