Drones in Construction
Hill Environmental Group, Inc. is an environmental construction services firm that primarily operates in the North East United States. Since 2015, they've slowly been incorporating drones into their day-to-day operations, managing excavations, hazardous waste disposal, monitoring site safety conditions and keeping their project stakeholders engaged and aware of their project.
A critical component of each of an construction job is the documentation and measurement of each and every contract pay item associated with the job. This means careful monitoring of every yard or ton of excavated material moving in and out of the site. Ultimately, the quantities of materials managed and moved offsite will be the basis for the final billing, and these pay applications must be accurately backed up with hard data to facilitate quick turnaround on invoices.
Traditionally, standard practice would be for the project manager and superintendent to keep detailed daily logs and photos documentation to track progress of each task. During excavations or other material removal, field measurements and calculations are used to estimate material volumes for invoicing purposes. The accuracy of these estimates can vary widely for a variety of reasons; lines generally aren’t square, stockpiles are generally not cubes, and elevations are never perfectly flat. All these conditions contribute to errors in final estimations and ultimately billing.
Integrating drones into the standard construction workflow can help increase productivity, eliminate arguments about quantities or billable materials, engage offsite personnel, and help ensure a safe working environment for everyone. This all adds up to increased revenue, and a successful business.
To learn more about how Hill Environmental has been using drones to increase productivity check out this LinkedIn post by Hill Environmental's President Tom Gregory. And to learn more about Hill Environmental check them out on their website