5 Ways Aerial Drones are Saving Companies More Money
Dozens of industries are awakening to the dramatic cost savings realized using Aerial Drones instead of traditional survey methods of helicopters, fixed-wing planes and crews of people. There is a huge shift from the old-style methods to the Aerial Drones to maximize productivity, minimize risk and gain access to data faster as well. Aerial Survey Drones or AUVs are unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with GPS and HD cameras that survey and map acres of land, construction sites, buildings, mine sites and utility towers while collecting precise data that is translated into valuable business intelligence for management.
When a company integrates aerial drone mapping into its job site analysis process, it can dramatically reduce the cost of the following six ways:
Aerial Drones save companies in health and safety costs. Using traditional survey methods, large crews were required over many days working in dangerous job sites working around large moving equipment or on dangerous terrain. Aerial Drones can now access those areas without the extensive pre-safety planning or risk to crews. Drones require a small one- or two-man crew and for set up and the pilots can navigate the drone in a safe location thereby minimizing health and safety risks
A mapping drone can map a 100-acre site in 20 minutes. It takes a manned survey team much longer to accomplish the same task. Not only is there a faster turnaround time on data collection, there is a significant reduction in man hours committed to the project with minimalized risks.
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Getting data back from a manned helicopter or fixed-winged plane is slow and extremely expensive. Not to mention that they are not able to secure data in smaller spaces or between buildings or odd angles. The high costs of pilots and aircraft makes regular surveying of an area unfeasible. With a UAV Drone, the turnaround time can be less than 24 hours at a much lower cost, thereby producing dramatically faster, safer, and cost-effective results.
Traditionally, companies fly clients, developers, contractors, and leadership to a construction site for a better view of the project. With a data collection Aerial Drone, companies can provide continuous visual progress updates to clients without the additional budget and time costs. Drones offer the ability to capture continuous data of the same data points so that management can produce a time-lapse visualization of the project. This low-cost experience of walking customers through the evolution of a project is a more cost-effective, safer option to routinely taking them on-site.
LiDAR is very expensive, a single large site can cost you up to six figures. In contrast, six-figure budgets translate to several years of drone mapping with the same accuracy.
Aerial Drones are proving to be very effective at collecting data quickly so decision makers can make more informed and faster decisions. Drones also help with surveying the job site progress over time to help management keep projects on track. Many companies use Drones to significantly decrease the time it takes to find damaged equipment in windfarms and solar farms. What would tooks weeks to survey with traditional methods takes hours for an Aerial Drone.