If Putting Your Job Site on Hold, Here’s How Drone Software Can Help

April 9, 2020

This is a delicate subject and a painstakingly harsh reality: but with shelter-in-place orders putting a halt to most building operations, the decommissioning of many construction sites and properties has taken effect. Some companies are putting their projects on hiatus while others are canceling them altogether. As these painful circumstances unfold, organizations still must go through the tedious process of site documentation and assessment before shutting things down.

As a way to expedite these processes, construction drone software provides a detailed, bird’ s-eye view to hand over to stakeholders or refer back to when re-opening. These maps reveal precise geotagged locations of assets, equipment, and conditions, and serves as a visual record of truth for those involved. Drone data can prove invaluable when forced to scale back operations, and DroneDeploy will be with your business every step of the way.


Industry Uses

In construction, when closing down a job site, it’s essential to determine how much progress has been made prior. Images captured by DroneDeploy can be displayed side-by-side to track building progression over time. Not wanting to leave expensive equipment on-site without supervision, this imagery also provides proof of the removal of all equipment and supplies. Additionally, DroneDeploy integrations like Bluebeam, Procore, and PlanGrid display an in-app record of this information. These integrations help simplify your operations and ensure all of your vital information is captured in one place, making it easy to share and decipher.


Assessing property conditions in real estate is another critical measure when having to scale back operations. Leaving a property for an unknown amount of time is stressful, but having a complete record of how it appeared pre-closure is essential to collecting insurance payouts, should something occur. After mapping your property, consider tagging the images of your windows, pavement, or roof with comments via Annotations on their current conditions, making issues easy to track and fix.

Lastly, conducting inspections on your oil and gas sites is necessary before decommissioning. Pipes and well pads need documentation to ensure they are safe while the site is vacant. The Inspection Workflow reaches these hard-to-see areas and can turn your site into a 3D model that can be accessed across teams when working remotely.


Streamline Operations

Regardless of intent, drone technology aids in site decommission by streamlining the documentation process required before leaving. Mapping the site with a drone gives the user a clear record of site conditions, location of equipment, and construction progress, making it easy to share with the appropriate people for analysis.

We are living in a strange reality, and businesses everywhere are feeling the impact. Few things have been said (or can be said, for that matter) that can provide ease during these uncertain times. Still, we’re here – if only to provide a thimble’s worth of comfort – to make it simple and easy to track your assets if forced to scale back your plans.

If you’d like to learn more about how DroneDeploy can assist your operations, please contact us. Want more information on drone software? Watch our webinar on documenting your job site in the midst of COVID-19.

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