From initial planning to post-project maintenance, aerial data collection using DroneHive enables leaders to make smarter decisions that enhance business outcomes.
DroneHive was hired to provide aerial data collection with remote sensing services in support of a 5-year construction development. We were asked to provide a local, daily pilot to fly a multi-rotor drone equipped with a high-resolution 20-megapixel sensor to provide “real-time” documentation of their construction progress.
Flying a UAS drone over the site daily required that our flight plans consist of a cross-grid flight path with an 80% and frontlap and 60% sidelap. These flight parameter specifications refer to the amount of overlap that will be in each individual image. The overlap of each image increases accuracy and resolution by increasing pixels which allows for extremely detailed maps of the job site. We flew the drone at a speed of 50 feet per second and 400 feet above ground level.
Our method produced an average of 1637 photos per scan of the entire construction site. We uploaded this data for processing nightly to deliver the business with the following each morning:
A high-resolution 2D map of the site area of focus during that phase with 2cm accuracy
A 3D high resolution rendering of the site, called a “point cloud, compatible with CAD software to assess accuracy of the “as-built” to the original design plans
High Resolution photos and videos of areas of particular interest to the construction project teams on that given day per their requests.
We increased awareness of actual site progress and any significant delays or errors, which allowed the business to achieve improved communication and transparency across contractors and subcontractors, better planning, significant cost savings on rework, and a very positive ROI on the cost of the drone equipment, processing software and remote pilot support provided by DroneHive. The benefits of using a drone for this high-value development project are clear and were accepted without hesitation.
This 5-year project, which documented the construction of this massively impressive and beautiful campus, resulted with customer satisfaction that exceeded expectations from all parties involved. The business has since engaged DroneHive for additional work as a result of this project.
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