Drone-based Solutions for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

Use drone data to prevent common construction mistakes in activities like site balancing, concrete layout, quantity tracking, fulfillment verification, and schedule tracking

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Elevate your view of your build. Whether you’re managing job sites, subcontractors, or clients, our drone-based solutions deliver a flexible, cost-effective way to improve your project management toolset.

30% of the cost of construction is wasted in the field due to coordination errors, wasted material, labor inefficiencies and other problems that arise during the traditional course of construction.1

Now, using drones, they can get better data, faster.

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  • Project Managers measure and validate work performed, as well as materials

  • Project Engineers reinforce virtual design and construction tools with high-fidelity, real-world data

  • Owners gain a greater depth of insight into, and oversight of, their capital projects

Get Comprehensive Drone and Data Services for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC)

There’s no need to own a drone, maintain a pilot on staff, or analyze data. We’ve built our service based on years of operations research and work for the nation’s leading General Contractors and Engineering Firms. As a result, you can procure enterprise-grade aerial intelligence—featuring easy-to-understand action items and takeaways—through a simple, turnkey service.
 
 

Here's how it works:

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Collect

Credentialed pilots, trained to serve enterprises in AEC, deploy ground control points, as well as an array of visual and advanced sensors to collect data over the assets.

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Process and Analyze

Overseen by our data scientists, the sensor data is processed by proprietary algorithms that interpret the data.

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Get Insights

Use aerial imagery to identify specific issues on your job site.

When you’re ready to take your drone program “in-house,” we can help you transition without interruption.

 

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Put Aerial Intelligence to Work on Your Job Site

Don’t just collect data—get insights. Use our intuitive reporting system to resolve issues or integrate data into VDC and project management systems.

 

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Planning, site selection, and estimating: LIDAR-equipped drones can map vegetation, terrain and water features 

Cut and fill analysis: Project Engineers can compare 3D site models to the final grade elevation and determine progress towards site balancing

Volumetric measurements: Project superintendents can track earth moving progress, using grade elevation for precise measurement

Foundation and utilities: Site workers can view overlay site designs and line work to assess layout accuracy and catch mistakes

Vertical construction: Virtual construction teams can review built conditions in BIM models and project managers can track job progress

Commissioning: Owners can detect leaks and cracks to identify potential warranty claims

Using drones in a renovation of the U.S. Veterans Administration's West Los Angeles campus
 
To help reduce the time and costs associated with project assessment, Concourse Federal Group and Booz Allen Hamilton engaged PrecisionHawk to deploy drone-based visual, thermal, and LiDAR remote sensing. Visual sensors were used to assess pavement conditions, thermal to assess the envelopes of buildings, and LiDAR to produce a high-fidelity digital twin of the 388-acre campus. The result: homeless vets getting into housing faster.
 

Harness the Power of Advanced Drone Technology

 

By working with PrecisionHawk, project leaders can employ the latest in remote sensing technology. Our team of PhD-holding data scientists and solutions engineers hand-select hardware configurations that deliver the most precise and repeatable data outcomes:

  • LiDAR sensors: augment pre-construction assessment and mapping with a 50% time savings on data capture compared to traditional techniques

  • Multispectral sensors: volumetric calculations on aggregate material, along with vegetation mapping on proposed sites

  • Thermal sensors: detailed asset management, streamlining collaboration, detecting hidden anomalies beneath surfaces and checking for proper sealing of roofs and windows 

Results

Volumetrics results in savings

A $500M Virginia high-rise project identified contaminated soil that needed to be hauled offsite. Using drones on a weekly basis, the project manager tracked the hauling work conducted by a subcontractor. They saved $32,000 by identifying errors in the reporting of work performed.

Winning bids

A contractor was bidding on a $150M Detroit government building project. However, the building was half-complete and the existing contractor’s plans were inaccurate, making it difficult to develop an accurate bid. The bidding contractor used drones to collect data, produce a 3D model, and ultimately deliver an accurate and winning bid.

Detecting misalignment

A project engineer was overseeing the development of a complex foundation for a $100M Alabama Cold Storage facility. They flew drones twice a week, monitoring progress and validating work. In aerial imagery overlays, they identified the misalignment of heating pipework, ultimately resolving the error that would have otherwise resulted in costly rework had the mistake been detected later in the vertical construction process.

HOW SITE TECHNOLOGIES MADE DATA COLLECTION 20X FASTER AND 50% CHEAPER

SITE Technologies, a property assessments and analytics company, partnered with PrecisionHawk to deploy a drone-based platform. The results were clear: they found data collection to be 20X faster and 50% cheaper, as well as more thorough, accurate, and consistent.

 

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Why PrecisionHawk?

We’ve built our offerings to scale. From investing in geospatial science expertise to understanding the regulatory environment, we’re able to support a one-time flight or a fully integrated enterprise aerial intelligence program.

 

Specialized Pilot Network

Pilots serving AEC have received specialized training in jobsite safety and data capture; many boasting hundreds of flight hours on behalf of the nation’s leading General Contractors.

Regulatory management

All our FAA Part 107 certified and insured pilots follow PrecisionHawk’s OSHA-compliant Standard Operating Procedures and an FAA-defined Safety Management System. We also hold an  “A” grade from ISNet.

Fast, actionable intelligence

It’s not a PDF or a pile of photos. We offer a web interface with a report you can integrate into your VDC and project management systems.

Leaders in drone-based geospatial science

Our industry-leading team of Ph.D. and remote sensing-accredited geospatial scientists ensure the quality and accuracy of data outcomes.

Experts in advanced remote sensing hardware

We help you select the best sensor for the job, and understand the unique needs of jobsites.

Services and solutions to help you manage your solar assets

Want to further integrate drones into your project management? We offer a full suite of services that strengthen the data value chain.

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Whether you’re managing job sites, subcontractors, or clients, our drone-based solutions deliver a flexible, cost-effective way to add aerial intelligence to your project management toolset.

 
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