Infrastructure / Construction

Since drones are cheaper to fly than manned aircraft, they have become increasingly popular to be used to monitor site development progress. Faster than human surveyors and with good software they can turn sensor data into 3D structure models, topographical maps or measure stockpiles of resources (such as sand or gravel) using volumetric measurements.

Using drones in high risk situations, construction companies can be more resource efficient around a work site, reducing potential health and safety issues and costly programme delays.

This naturally saves money and will also provide the shareholder with an excellent snapshot of progress over time through near real-time photography.

Utilities

In a market which is aligned to delivering services in a safe and efficient manner, drones are used extensively by utility organisations replacing tasks previously only achieved by helicopter or third party services.

Tasks for the drones include mast and chimney inspections, pylon and pipeline survey. This enables what used to be lengthy tasks to be achieved in under half the time and with quality imagery and sensor data for further analysis.

Transportation

Whilst drones are yet to be fully utilised in the transportation of people and goods, various research programmes are well underway to explore how this can be done commercially and safely. Amazon is testing postal and delivery services to cover extended market areas. Other services are using drones to deliver blood and small packages in locations where transport is either not available or without the necessary roads to get products where required. Police forces use drones in the UK to monitor large events, traffic congestion, or for surveys after a road traffic accident.