How Drones Are Used in Commercial Construction

Michael Snedeker
Nov 12, 2019 · 2 min read
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Experienced business executive Michael Snedeker leads in the business development efforts to secure private and public contracts for Elite Building Corp., where he serves as executive vice president. At Elite, which offers commercial construction in the Waltham and Boston areas of Massachusetts, Michael Snedeker is responsible for identifying potential development projects, providing needed assistance in securing financing, negotiating with developers, and following through to contract completion.

In the past, commercial construction has used airplanes to take aerial shots of their job sites or potential development sites. However, drones have become a practical alternative, and contractors can now access significant amounts of data at significantly less cost.

In 2018, the use of drones in commercial construction surged 239 percent over the previous year. With the technological advancements on the way, it will not be long until drones will be equipped with hardware and software that can perform mapping, thermal heat imaging, volumetric analyses, and other capabilities useful in commercial construction.

In the meantime, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows commercial construction companies to explore their use of drone technology. The FAA has simplified the requirements for securing pilot certification. Also, the implementation of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) earlier this year has opened up 99 percent of US airspace for drones. Moreover, flight approval was reduced from 90 days to just a few seconds.

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