Much debate – and excitement – has arisen from President Joe Biden’s proposed $2 billion project to repair the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. Yet almost nothing has been said about how drones may contribute to that revamp. Some observers believe their role could prove invaluable.

Drones could inspect countless miles of equipment…

In addition to being older and deteriorating, America’s infrastructure is also incredibly diverse and vast. Whether rail networks, pipelines, electric grids, or highways, critical installations spanning the country are aging in different ways, at different speeds, in differing conditions. That means inspecting that enormous weave of disparate equipment will not only be a massive undertaking in geographical terms. It will also be a challenge of recording and analyzing wide-ranging data to ensure exactly the right repairs or upgrades are made in the most effective ways.

Cue highly mobile, fast, and increasingly smart drones.