Before drones, “We had two options, a man lift and a swing stage. The man lift would cost $3,500 to rent one and get it on site in two days. Flying a drone is safer option, and it’s cheaper and faster. We’re able to capture the data right there, process it that day and have it in hand,” said Jesse.
From there, they began using drones for progress photos and quality assurance as an alternative to photos from manned aircraft. It was common to have a manned aircraft fly monthly, but, says Jesse, “often by the time we received the data from the third party provider, the site would have progressed so far that those images didn’t even apply anymore.” Today, drone progress imagery provides a much more up-to-date aerial view of project progress. “That’s why drones are so valuable — because we can pull in that data and have it that day and share images out with our client and people that are interested in this project,” said Jesse.
Progress Photos Reveal Need for Mapping