The initial uses of UAVs in construction can involve inspection work and mapping. More accurate topographical mapping could lead to more accurate project designs, reducing the number of expensive changes made in the field during the construction process. Worker safety would be improved by removing some of the high-elevation inspections now done with lifts or scaffolding, such as inspecting caulking joints in a tall building’s envelope. Additionally, the Associated General Contractors of America suggests that UAVs could document the progress of projects, providing a visual record that could reduce possible later disputes between contractors and landowners, and could eventually be used to carry tools and equipment from one location to another.
Improve worker safety, project design, and cost control.