Drones in Commercial Real Estate and Industrial Construction
Drones in Commercial Real Estate and Industrial Construction? They’re talked about everywhere and their benefits are sometimes far reaching or yet to be tested (I am curious to see how a drone can deliver a package during a MN snowstorm without plummeting to its death due to the added weight of the snow). Naturally, the popularity of drones made us ask; how can drones benefit those of us in the commercial real estate or industrial construction fields?
(Click on photo at left for more information about this Warehouse Addition and to see more aerial photography taken by a drone.)
We (at APPRO Development and CERRON Commercial Properties) decided there could be some benefit to utilize drones, so we embarked on a mission to learn more. Upon doing some research, we learned it’s important to find someone who is:
After finding a “pilot” whose skills we were confident in, we were able to utilize drones in numerous ways over the past year to:
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Why use drones???
The benefits in utilizing a drone allowed a significant cost savings over other methods, such as aerial photography completed by a pilot and a photographer. In fact, we may have just done without the wonderful photos had it not been for the savings using a drone. In addition to our company having a drone pilot that we hire for imaging, some of our subcontractors also have access to a pilot to provide insightful feedback on existing building conditions.
Structural engineers have learned to utilize drones for inspecting hard to reach places, such as under bridges or high in the air to view windmill or cell towers, smoke stacks and other tall buildings. Interestingly, drones are also being used to assist in mapping of rail lines.
While there is much debate surrounding the use of drones, some practical applications, which are non-obtrusive to the general public, are indeed beneficial to the Commercial Real Estate and Industrial Construction industry.