The global construction industry, which includes the residential, commercial, institutional, and public works sectors, is one of the largest industries of the global economy, with global revenues approximating US $10 trillion. Historically, construction has been a very labor intensive field, but new automation technologies and approaches, including the use of small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAVs or drones), are continually being developed that reduce construction costs, improve safety and increase efficiency. Virtually all of the largest constructions companies in the world – Bechtel (USA), Skanska (Sweden), CSCEC (China), Vinci (France), and Kiewit (USA), for example – are employing drones for aerial imagery/surveying, Building Information Modeling (BIM), inspections and security at open-air construction sites and more. Smaller construction companies, too, are employing drones, often working hand in hand with drone services providers.
This study examines the use of small unmanned aerial vehicles, those unmanned aerial platforms that have an approximate maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of less than 25 pounds (11.3 kilograms), in the construction sector. Topics include:
Companies covered in the report include: