How Drones (UAV) With Smart Sensors Are Being Used in Construction

The Many Benefits of Drones Equipped With Smart Sensors in Construction

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Drone with attachment. Photo © Drone SmartX™

Drones or UAV as a service is the new trend in construction that is being used in many projects around the world offering multiple benefits. Imagine that your drone can be connected to a cloud-based platform and all information is captured and gathered instantaneously to your server, sounds nice right? Well, that is the type of service that leading tech company Drone SmartX™ is offering builders and contractors almost everywhere.

This company offers a product that is added to their UAV/drones to convert them into "Smart Drones".

How the Smart Sensor Drone System Works?

The company through their UAV SmartHub™ allows customers to connect to Smart Sensors such as RFID and Bluetooth 4.0 devices on the field capable of capturing data and store them in the cloud platform. The hub can be attached to almost any commercial drones available in the market, meaning that existing drone companies can use their existing drones without having to acquire new equipment or other drones. The product right now can be used on multiple platforms such as Windows, Android & Linux. All data is provided in different reports and/or formats that can be customized and filtered using user-defined layouts that will allow you to export data, create different user views, filter, sort and group data, group data by categories, asset groups, site maps, user-defined permissions and rights to access the data.

What Benefits Can You Get By Embracing this Drone Technology?

The software is designed in such way that you can use multi-field asset and UAV tracking reports, or configure your own data to export in Excel, CVS or PDF. The system will deliver real-time date of your equipment and conditions, tracking log, process changes, maintenance records and inventory tracking.

 The UAV SmartHub™ solution has several reports that are out of the box for your convenience. SmartX Hub™ is a subscription-based business solution delivered to the Smart Cloud. All subscriptions include the following:

  • System operations support
  • Upgrades
  • Standard application support
  • Robust data security
  • System monitoring

Different alert notifications, permissions and restriction of sensitive date can be used to control and keep data confidential as needed. Contractors and builders are using this technology as described in the following sections.

How Does Smart Drones Help in Material Tracking?

The 'smart drone' technology can produce efficient and cost savings solutions on the job site by enhancing the way inventories are kept and maintained. The tools used will require fewer man-hours as the tracking, management, and inventory can be controlled and assessed using the drones, at a faster pace than normal management procedures. The system will allow you to have better control over the following areas:

  • Yard check-in and /check-out of assets.
  • RFID tagging of inventory.
  • Grid-based location of assets.
  • Inventory location and reporting.
  • Project and work order integration to authorize yard activity.

Some other benefits of the cloud-platform are:

  • Improved asset visibility and automation.
  • Reduction in shrinkage and waste.
  • Increased service levels with lower inventory carrying costs.
  • Reduced time to locate assets.

Drones and RFID Working Together

RFID ( Radio-frequency identification)  and smart tags are proven solutions (using electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects) for real-time tracking of material, equipment, and other building components. This technology allows for a control and precise functionality of equipment being used and installed at the site. When this technology is combined with smart drones, it will improve traceability, reduce project delays, minimize rental losses due to misplaced parts and equipment, improve logistic planning and helps to locate assets on a site map using real-time data.

Not only for material tracking, but the platform can be used in conjunction with RFID so it can be used to perform operations in challenging conditions, weather changing environments, mines, construction sites or even inaccessible locations. By taking advantage of the smart drone systems, employees can be notified of possible and potentially dangerous conditions and situations that can harm your workforce. It can also be used to keep attendance records and monitor workers on site and is a convenient tool to keep track of how many employees are working in sensitive or hazardous areas.

Smart Drones Can Maintain a Construction Map

The 'smart drone' platform can be used to map your tools, assets, and workforce in the designed area, providing a real-time overview of all critical building components of the project in a very neat graphical and easy to read format.  A powerful visualization tool, the UAV SmartHub™ Map, provides access to all key project areas allowing management and construction staff to monitor productions, operations, and performance so decisions can be taken to increase efficiency while providing data that will help during the decision-making process. The mapping tool offers this important key features:

  • Visualize ground movement from tracking data
  • Symbols indicate object type (UAVs, Personnel or vehicle)
  • Availability of infrastructure (e.g. high temperature or humid area)
  • Details upon selection of an object
  • Zoom and scroll
  • Tailor to specific needs (toggle on/off layers, filter objects)
  • Detail date of an area with the status of items per category, group, department, and type.

The system, in combination with your favorite 3D Mapping system, will also allow you to get benefits in the following areas:

  • Pre-project assessments and project survey data
  • Integrate all mapping and other data into one single platform.
  • When you combined both systems, mapping and other data files from your project, it will save time and produce detailed and faster results, instead of having to deal with different platforms to gather different data simultaneously.
  • Achieves quicker results by collecting all the data needed in a single presentation