Drones have had a massive effect on business operations in a variety of industries. As new commercial applications for them arise, their use will become even more widespread. 

One industry that has possibly been helped more than any other by the implementation of drones is the construction industry. A number of firms have been able to lower budgets, make their processes more streamlined, and improve the safety of workers on construction sites.

And this is where drone use for building information modeling (BIM) factors in.


What is BIM?

BIM is the collection of all data and any other info needed throughout a construction project from start to finish. Basically, it’s the entire database of information for a project. Level 2 BIM has been a required part of all large-scale construction projects since 2016.

With the proper information, a construction firm can build a 3D model of a project using BIM, which can help individuals working on a project track progress. Previously, the gathering of this information would be costly and sometimes dangerous for workers, but this is avoided with drones. 


How Can Drones Enhance the BIM Process?

There are various ways in which drones make the BIM process simpler: 

Structural Inspections. Previously, one of the riskier parts of the construction and demolition of a building was the structural inspection. Drones can help eliminate the need for some of these inspections by allowing contractors to view harder-to-reach areas. 

Site Inspections. If architects and planners can conduct a site inspection before construction begins, they can generate more precise drawings and find any possible challenges they may face down the line.

Advanced Point Cloud Scanning. Drones are far more effective than the previous conventional methods of point cloud scanning. The aerial perspective that drones provide give a better analysis of the topography of a site and can generate a more detailed 3D rendering.

Aerial Photographs of Progress. These photos can be helpful with keeping investors updated on a build and can also be used to improve marketing for a project.

Monitor a Site for Safety. Construction managers can identify potential risks.

Project Completion Checks. Once a build is complete, there is still a need for various assessments and checks that need to be conducted. Drones can provide thermal imaging of a building to ensure that it is structurally sound. That’s also helpful for judging energy efficiency, as you can identify hot and cold regions within a building.

Government Regulation. Depending on the scope of a construction project, there may be a need to involve the local authorities. Drone use helps you quickly and easily obtain any of the data required in such a situation. 

One additional benefit of drone use for the BIM process is that drones are a continuously evolving technology. The drones available for commercial applications today can provide businesses with high-quality HD images that can be accessed from anywhere across the globe.