Construction progress monitoring is the periodic collection of imagery throughout a project’s evolvement to ensure construction is progressing as planned. Progress monitoring not only helps detect when a project has fallen behind schedule but also alerts Project Managers of these delays who can then implement solutions early before the issue slows down construction.
Construction progress monitoring may include:
Rather than a restricted ground-only perspective or trying to decipher information conveyed from multiple departments/teams, a drone flight offers a consistent perspective with accurate and real-time imagery. Having an aerial view of the site with details of the progress being made results in significant improvement over conventional methods of progress monitoring.
Using drone footage reduces safety risks to workers by having the ability to reach difficult areas that may be dangerous to cover on foot, and also reduces labor costs. In addition, aerial imaging can be collected daily, monthly or weekly depending on the size and specificity of the project and can recreate a constant viewpoint, location, and altitude with each flight, yielding an easier progression comparison over time.
Lastly, using aerial imagery is most effective with keeping all team members updated and prepared when changes are needed in order to keep the project moving within it's target completion date and eliminate unnecessary costs.