CON­STRUC­TION FIRMS IN GCC DE­PEND ON DRONES TO GET THEIR OP­ER­A­TIONS BACK ON TRACK

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An in­creas­ing num­ber of con­struc­tion firms and real es­tate de­vel­op­ers in the GCC are turn­ing to drone tech­nol­ogy as they get their op­er­a­tions back on track while safe­guard­ing the health and safety of their work­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Rabih Bou Rashid, CEO of Fal­con Eye Drones (FEDS), the Mid­dle East’s lead­ing provider of drone tech­nol­ogy, data tech­nol­ogy, and dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, drones con­tinue to prove their value in the sec­tor, help­ing con­struc­tion com­pa­nies in­crease their re­port­ing turn­around by 25% and cut down site time wastage by 18.4% as they con­duct ac­tiv­i­ties at a more ac­cu­rate and stauncher pace than man­ual la­bor.

Fal­con Eye Drones re­cently closed a strate­gic in­vest­ment with Aero­dyne Group, cre­at­ing the largest drone ser­vice com­pany in the world.

Rabih Bou Rashid, said: “As the UAE and the wider re­gion re­open their eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties un­der the new nor­mal, play­ers in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try would like to get their projects up to speed with as much as sav­ings they can while be­ing mind­ful of work­ers’ health and safety. Cash­flow is cru­cial in to­day’s times, hence, more and more com­pa­nies are turn­ing to drones as they pro­vide a cost-ef­fec­tive, safer and time­sav­ing al­ter­na­tive to the con­ven­tional con­struc­tion process. We have noted a dra­matic in­crease of en­quiries and or­ders with re­gard to the drone

ser­vices that FEDS can of­fer to get them go­ing again.”

Us­ing drones in con­struc­tion pre­vents costly mis­takes as they al­low man­agers to iden­tify chal­lenges in the pre-con­struc­tion stage, spot mis­takes, and mea­sure progress dur­ing con­struc­tion. Drones also im­prove safety in a sec­tor that poses a high risk for fall, the num­ber one cause of work-re­lated fa­tal­i­ties for con­struc­tion work­ers.

Bou Rashid high­lighted the pri­mary ar­eas in which drones will be utilised by the con­struc­tion sec­tor dur­ing the new nor­mal:

PROGRESS MON­I­TOR­ING

Progress mon­i­tor­ing through drones can cut pro­ject value costs by up to 11.8% and can de­crease the time spent to com­pile the snag list (or in­ven­tory of tasks by con­trac­tor) by 32%—elim­i­nat­ing the un­nec­es­sary cost of reg­u­lar man­ual su­per­vi­sion.

Since drones can con­duct re­peat flights to con­sis­tently mon­i­tor the con­struc­tion progress and sta­tus, the pos­si­bil­ity of do­ing man­ual re­work de­creases by 25%. This helps site su­per­vi­sors save five hours a week on un­nec­es­sary meet­ings, boost­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity amongst work­ers as they can fo­cus on other as­pects of the pro­ject.

Aerial view maps al­low man­agers to sit down and eas­ily de­ter­mine po­ten­tial prob­lems early on be­fore they get costly.

The drones’ high-res­o­lu­tion and ac­cu­rate data of the con­struc­tion site overview help con­trac­tors spot er­rors on a reg­u­lar ba­sis—help­ing them act on it ahead of time and in turn, save the com­pany from un­nec­es­sary ex­penses.

“Drones can help quickly iden­tify po­ten­tial prob­lems in each phase, al­low­ing man­agers to plan so­lu­tions ahead to pre­vent un­nec­es­sary back jobs that can dent a pro­ject’s sched­ule and bud­get. in ad­di­tion, aside from the built-in data they have taken, drones can also over­lay the blue­print of the con­struc­tion to help con­trac­tors iden­tify any de­vi­a­tions. Spot­ting a po­ten­tial bar­rier to fin­ish a pro­ject on time will save con­struc­tion firms ex­tra costs, time and ef­fort,” said Bou Rashid.

Aside from mit­i­gat­ing the risk of COVID-19 in­fec­tion thanks to less hu­man con­tact, drones can help com­pa­nies con­duct a dan­ger­ous phase in progress mon­i­tor­ing—site in­spec­tions.

Drones keep con­struc­tion work­ers and per­son­nel from the dan­gers of sur­vey­ing com­plex and haz­ardous sites, such as tow­er­ing roofs, colos­sal bridges, and sky­scrapers.

Since drones can hover even around re­mote and risky spots to gather clips of the con­struc­tion site, com­pa­nies and con­trac­tors can now view the footages from the safety of their of­fice.

“Drones of­fer a safe al­ter­na­tive to what is con­sid­ered to be one of the most crit­i­cal phases of con­struc­tion. The task that usu­ally takes days to com­plete can now be ac­com­plished in a mat­ter of min­utes, depend­ing on the re­quire­ment, and pro­vide more pre­cise in­spec­tion data,” said Bou Rashid.

SITE MAP­PING

The process of map­ping wide con­struc­tion spa­ces used to be a long and rig­or­ous process. With con­trac­tors can pro­duce a speed­ier work­flow with less ef­fort needed.

Drones can fin­ish the task ac­cu­rately as well as send up-to-date data straight into a com­puter for fast-track anal­y­sis. They can also map sites faster than land sur­vey and pro­duce data—even for large-scale projects—more pre­cise than a satel­lite.

“It used to be that map­ping a wide con­struc­tion site in­volves hir­ing a he­li­copter to fly over the ar­eas just to cap­ture images. Now, drones can get more ac­cu­rate images in a shorter pe­riod and at more af­ford­able costs,” he said.

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