Drones: Removing Barriers to Real World Problems

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Written by Luke

Luke talks about Riselabs’ developments and ideas, as well as the latest innovations in tech grabbing our attention.

Drones have become part of public consciousness in the last two years. However, what real use do they have to industries?

Many of us associate drones with fun, games and Amazon deliveries. However, they are a versatile technology and can be an invaluable asset to many industries. As of 2017, the commercial use of drones has increased exponentially. They are now being used in industries such as agriculture, architecture, construction and beyond.

In construction, there are clear benefits to reducing the resources needed to survey a site. A single person can now inspect the environment with a drone. They’re also great if a client just wants to know how things are getting on, too.

A Life Before Drones

Before drones emerged, visually mapping the overview of a site would be achieved in one of two ways. You would either place several suspended cameras across the site or perform an aerial flyover and video the footage. Whilst both have some advantages, they each carry with them distinct limitations. Suspended cameras offer ongoing footage, which is great from a monitoring perspective, but only offers this through a narrow lens. Aerial flyovers are another option, but drones are now able to offer a similar service with more detailed imaging than previously available.

Mapping the Flight

You can now make drone surveying a reality with Aerial Mapping services. DroneDeploy is combining drones and photography to create an ‘aerial orthomosaic’. In a nutshell, this a map, stitched together after aerial photography.

Additionally, mining companies have benefitted from this technology, too. They can assess the size and elevation of piles in a quarry, giving clearer scope on the volume of raw material available for mining. This was previously a big undertaking that is being made simpler for the right business.

Aerial mapping is not limited to construction alone, either. Site mapping is equally valuable to agriculture, too. DroneDeploy goes beyond this, also citing Insurance in their case studies.

What Next?

Who should fly the drone? Well, that’s one of the biggest obstacles to their use, due to insurance and experience. Of course, there is always the option to keep this in-house. However, industry is marching on and driving innovation in spite of this hurdle. Additionally, insurance-based surveying and real estate mapping is likely to gain more traction moving forward.