June 3, 2016 Michael Thompson

Drones in the Construction Industry

How are drones used in construction projects?  

Over the past 5 years, drones have slowly begun infiltrating a wide range of industry sectors (agriculture, energy, utilities, mining, real estate, news media, film production and more).

The construction industry has been a key example of an industry sector that has openly accepted the latest drone technologies and have begun to take advantage of what the latest drone technology has to offer.

If you are a construction engineer, commercial builder or involved in the construction process in any way, drones could simplify the process, reduce errors and increase productivity.

Surveying and Site Mapping:

Before the site has even begun, you can use drones to speed up the planning process. Using drones can vastly reduce the time spent collecting accurate data. By acquiring data from the sky in the form of geo-referenced images, you can gather millions of data points in one short flight. This extremely quick form of data collection can save you time and money. You can use this data to produce accurate 3D models which can be used to create break lines, reference points, digital elevation models and contour lines. You can also calculate and analyse volumes and stockpiles. These applications for land surveyors are only just beggining to infiltrate the market. The technology has been around for a while however making it accessible and creating a user friendly output has only recently entered the market.

Progress Reporting


Drones can be an extremely useful tool in progress reporting. Using video and photos, frequent site visits can enable you to save money sending out eyes to walk around a site and inspect everything is running as expected – a much quicker option is using drones which are able to visit multiple sites and provide you with footage which can be reviewed and analysed back to back. One of our best clients that has begun using progress reporting for their construction projects across the South East of the UK is Carey London Limited. Each month we visit a set of 6 sites over 2 days to take videos and photos. Carey have found that the images and video we create invaluable to tracking the progress across their sites and has enabled more and more people to see the progress- not just the site manager. Below is one of the videos that we created for one of their sites in Cambridge.


Drones provide a versatile platform for inspections. Using high resolution photography and 4K video, you can use drones to look in detail and inspect areas of a construction project or past construction that may be causing issues. This can save the hassle of installing scaffolding which is time consuming and expensive. We can fly for up to 15 minutes – in which time we can cover a large area.


Drones are a fantastic opportunity to get ahead of your competition before its too late and us drones to reduce costs and increase productivity.

We are experts in aerial filming and undertake each job with the highest levels of safety in mind. We are fully insured and have received our Permission for Aerial Work from the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority). We carry out risk assessments for each site visit and are equip with full PPE.

For more information about our services in the construction sector and prices, please email me at michael@skyflyvideo.co.uk or give us a ring on 01622 828 948.

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