Drones along the construction lifecycle

The investment in drones is growing exponentially and its use in the military sector has reached multiple fields such as mining, industrial or agricultural, also reaching construction. The investment of drones in construction is relevant in all phases of its lifecycle, driving it to the day to day of technological innovation and reducing risks, time and costs.

The unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones, represent an advantage due to their autonomy, the adaptation of different additional equipment in their structure, and their application in complex tasks that replace the human crew.

At present, drone companies have received investments for more than $5 billion, extending their use to multiple sectors such as mining, industrial, oil & gas, defense or agricultural among others. The market growth of this technology that works in the heights, intends to grow exponentially tripling its figures before 2025.

These unmanned devices have undergone great advances in construction, do you know how this technology develops in the construction industry?

In the construction ecosystem, there are several applications, among them its use for the prospecting of territories and the visual content creation for inspections and security guarantees. These functions allow the industry to evolve in leaps and bounds, developing applications in all phases of a construction lifecycle project:

  • Planning and Design: In the most embryonic step of a construction, drones facilitate this work through prospecting and surveying. This task is improved by the recreation of 3D maps, aerial views or ground supervision. Much more precise estimates are thus developed.
  • Construction and logistics: This phase in the life cycle of a construction is the most benefited by this new unmanned technology. Monitoring progress with obtaining real-time data, preventing errors or calculating volumes are among your most relevant operational capabilities. These new flying devices allow site monitoring, structure inspections and access to dangerous areas.
  • Commercial activities: This cycle has optimized its services in recent years, facilitating promotional work by generating audiovisual content and viewing processes in real time.
  • Operations and maintenance: Once built, these functions have been improved by the ease in the supervision of construction and periodic inspections. The detection of risks and the monitoring of the useful life of the construction has helped to carry out numerous security campaigns. Finally, one of the external advantages in this phase is the provision of information to insurance companies.
  • Demolition: The aerial vision allows great advances in the last phase of life of a construction. Through the capturing of images and the recreation of models to predict the fall, the changes have been notable in creating safer work environments.

These unmanned vehicles allow you to carry devices, such as sensors or cameras, developing a symbiosis with other technologies that bring the reality of construction closer to numerous benefits in reducing risks, time and costs.

In other sectors, these devices have undergone great advances and improvements. From CEMEX Ventures, we continue exploring and supporting applications throughout the construction ecosystem, driving this industry to the day to day of technological innovation. Very closely with entrepreneurs and the university community, this Corporate Venture Capital seeks to provide solutions to localized problems in construction.

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