Drones offer construction firms a lot more than just going in the air to capture pictures and videos.
However, even though drones are a major boon for construction and real estate developers, they can also cause problems for companies, HingePoint CEO and Founder Bryce Finnerty said.
“Drones are another way to gather data. If you don’t set up your systems and software correctly, the drone’s digital assets are going to cause more unstructured data that’s going to be difficult to manage,” Finnerty said. “And if you don’t integrate it with the data you already have, it will be another screen or system you have to open to manage your project.”
Companies have begun developing software to gather data from drones and either make new BIM models or place the data in you existing model. During the annual conference Groundbreak 2017, Procore announced better integration with Construction OS. Several drone companies are already taking advantage of Procore’s new app store.
The companies are capitalizing on the safety and ease of drones and are hoping to organize drone data to benefit construction firms.