Drones for Facility Condition Assessments
Drone technology has evolved dramatically in the last decade. There have been more than 1 million drones sold in Australia.
The technology is becoming more cost effective. Drones are surveying bridges, power-lines and performing roof inspections without having to waste time or money on scaffolding—there are potentially major benefits for owners and operators of facilities and infrastructure.
It is likely that owners and operators of buildings and infrastructure will begin to integrate drones for aerial surveillance of buildings and outdoor spaces in the coming years. This will allow asset managers to monitor large areas more effectively.
Commercial-use drone technology is still developing but there are many safety considerations that must be sorted not the least the risk to the public.
There are current examples of drones surveying infrastructure in Australia and industrial sites in the United States to perform detailed condition assessments.
Drones will bring unprecedented opportunities for improved efficiency in facility management. One of the biggest benefits of implementing drones during facility condition assessments is the increased safety and automation offered.