Drones, Digitization and Big Data in Construction: The Executive Perspective

Overview — State of the Industry & The Hangar Solution

The infrastructure industry is at an inflection point. Analyst after analyst has emphasized how technical disruption from project management software, BIM technology, drones and more has the potential to reduce costs, increase productivity, raise profits, and usher in a new era of global infrastructure expansion. The adoption curve has begun, but we are far from full implementation, and room exists for pioneers to work hand-in-hand with the the technology and software industries to make new technology and systems work for them.

Currently, drones are widely available for legally permitted commercial use. They are equipped with high powered sensors, sense-and-avoid technology for crash prevention, and autonomous flight capabilities for perfect data capture, planning and execution. Analyst and professional services firms are already preparing for the next steps of drone adoption to capture information, aggregate data for audits, and provide third-party asset confirmation in litigation. PWC’s Michal Mazur described drone use in the Journal of Accountancy as “a new type of data assurance.”

Hangar offers a complete solution to the challenges of aerial data integration for large firms. Hangar can capture all the requested data, handle all the compliance hurdles, and then provide data analysis and context for the imagery so that clients invest time reviewing results instead of having to process the data themselves. Furthermore, Hangar product teams establish relationships and communicate directly with our customers in order to identify and integrate features and systems. Our goal is to act not just as a service vendor, but as a strategic technology partner.

What does Hangar data enable for executive teams?

Low-logistics Technology Adoption: No hardware purchases, no training or compliance, just the data.

At Hangar, we’ve designed our platform to enable logistics-free technology adoption. Adopting new technology is often time-consuming and expensive. Hangar’s offerings are designed to save time in your existing workflows, not add to them.

Telepresence on all sites

With JobSight, engineers and supervisors can easily log in to a map view of all of their in-progress sites, and navigate between them to check status. JobSight is designed to enable telepresence, reduce travel, improve communication, and accurately determine if projects are on schedule.

Claim reductions across all-sites

Recurring weekly aerial data reports minimize delays and disputes, automatically creating a permanent archive of aerial data and an iron-clad audit trail.

Enabling BIM Models

Hangar’s aerial data can be accurately placed into as-built models, allowing clashes to be spotted before there is a problem. This overlaid data, accurate down to the inch, helps prevents potential site conflicts, and saves time and money on site for construction teams leveraging BIM workflows.

Standardized safety practices

All sites can benefit from aerial video and photography to plan workflows and to develop safety and site logistics plans that identify high-traffic areas, crane clearances, and areas where material will move in and out. With aerial video or a high-resolution aerial map, safety and compliance training can work off of one piece of high-impact collateral that shows the site from above.

Competitive edge

As we move forward into the new era of digitally enhanced data aggregation, the integration and maximization of digitization technology and aerial data will be a highly competitive field, with early adopters winning business and maximizing profitability.

Hangar’s vision of the future

What if you could always recognize whether a crane was on site in an image? What if you could automatically calculate the week-to-week volume of your stockpiles? What if all the data inputs could be used to predict whether a site will be completed on time or how much savings could be attributed to future sites? What if through automatically generated data on average length of time you could decrease different types of equipment rentals?

Machine learning is based on data generated from giant volumes of input over time. With enough imagery put into a machine learning engine over time all of these functions could come into play. The automation of this information into architecture and construction workflows is already being connected. The companies who capture the most data and have the best systems will be uniquely qualified to take advantage of savings here. And that’s where Hangar excels, as a partner bringing the data layer, the understanding of workflow, and state-of-the-art machine-learning technology into the fold for our partners.

Hangar’s Lighthouse Program

At Hangar, we know it’s not just about this iteration of the technology, but the next generation. We design our partnerships to innovate new technology together, while producing profitable efficiency gains in the field. Where will you be on the curve when machine learning comes into play on the worksite?

For those interested in being ahead, we’ve developed the Hangar Lighthouse customer program. Hangar’s Lighthouse program is a solution built for partners who desire to first integrate aerial data and its time and money savings across their organizations, and then to also take the next step: using the gathered data to generate next-generation gains through systems alignment and neural network deployment.

We’re excited to be building the software and programs that will drive digitization in infrastructure.

Interested in learning more? Touch base: oren@hangar.com

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