A while ago I wrote a blog about the inspection of buildings by rappelling over the side. The article below from ENR talks about using the drones for inspections of the buildings or other things. It looks like the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or rope is still cheaper and faster than the use of scaffolding or lifts. I can really see where the use of UAVs and ropes would create a great pairing for the inspections.
Some Firms Are Not Waiting For Regulations On Commercial Drone Operations
When Greg Sherwin started tinkering with radio-controlled (RC) quadcopters three years ago, he wondered about using them for construction surveys and inspections. In March, his hobby became an occupation.
Sherwin was hired by Indianapolis-based Midwest Constructors as the concrete firm’s preconstruction director, but Neal Burnett, president, knew of Sherwin’s interest in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) when he brought him in. He immediately pulled Sherwin aside to discuss ideas for a new business.
Burnett recalls, “I thought, ‘Here’s a guy who knows how to operate all the systems, understands them, and has the same background as we have from an engineering and construction standpoint.” Burnett already had a business plan rolling in his head, but the problem was, “I don’t operate RCs.”
Burnett also had dreamed of using UAVs to perform inspections of buildings, bridges, industrial plants and other structures. “It’s really cost-effective, because when you put a guy on the side of a building you’ve got to have lifts or swing stages,” compared to which UAVs are “really very inexpensive—and with this you get the high-end definition.” Safety is another advantage, he adds. Continued at ENR.com.