Drones Could Play Key Role in Success of U.S. Infrastructure Investment
Drones continue to gain ground – or, in this case, air – in construction applications. They have transitioned from a primarily marketing-based role when they first emerged on the commercial scene to performing critical jobsite functions that range from site surveying as part of the estimating and project planning process, to critical inspections of difficult to access areas of a site, to even monitoring and managing material stockpile inventories. And it appears their role could expand even further if the Biden administration’s proposed infrastructure funding legislation, or a variation of it, is eventually passed.
As pointed out in “The role for drones in Biden’s infrastructure plan” by Greg Nichols, featured on ZDNet.com (May 20, 2021), sweeping investment in U.S. roads and bridges, the electric grid, broadband, manufacturing, etc., will require resources to monitor and maintain this investment to ensure its long-term performance. “There is currently no way…