Commercial drone use is taking off in the construction industry. From aerial photography to topographical mapping to volumetric analysis, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles has been a boon for construction firms hoping to shave cost and time off their projects.
Estimates by PricewaterhouseCoopers put drone-powered labor sources for infrastructure at a market value of $45.2 billion. Today, a growing number of construction companies are employing drones in the field. The following five trends define the current application of drones in the industry and indicate where the technology is headed.