2016 INNOVATION AWARDS (PART 1)

Each year, Equipment World gives out an award for innovations in the construction industry. Equipment World is a highly respected online news and e-commerce publication that analyses and reports for and about the heavy construction industry.

The 2016 Innovations Awards provide remarkable insight into how construction technology has developed over the past 12 months. Construction tech and heavy equipment innovations are awarded with the Innovations Awards, but during the process, the industry is assessed as a whole.

Construction innovations are awarded to two standout developments for 2016, but the industry overall is recognised as a clear winner in the past 12 months, with many construction equipment advances that have lowered operating costs, decreased time and resource consumption, and increased productivity.

In part one of this two-part series, we take a look at the first major 2016 Innovations award-winner: construction drones.

CONSTRUCTION DRONES

Unmanned aircraft, typically referred to as drones, are the first major winner of the 2016 Innovation Awards and it’s easy to see why this is the case. Construction drones offer a unique potential for business disruption, as they revolutionise the way construction workflows operate.

Drones are currently being used to provide aerial progress shots and determine quality and work from a different perspective. The potential of drones to continue to revolutionise construction tech is immense. At least one major operator is considering using the drones as a real-time mapping device that would allow them to run dozers and other machines autonomously, based on data gathered from the drones.

2016 DRONES

You can pick up a helicopter-style rotor-driven drone with multiple propellers from your local electronic store. In 2016, the mass-release of these drones made them popular across all industries.

Fixed wing drones, which operate like an airplane, are cheaper and faster to run, but they can’t hover in one place to take a series of images in the way that multiple propeller drones can.

Aerial photography done by a photographer in a helicopter is now a thing of the past. A high quality, construction-tech standard drone costs less to purchase, and the process of getting the photos at different stages of the construction process is faster and easier.

Before drones really hit the construction scene, an aerial photographer would take the shots, which would be out-dated by the time they were received and ready to hand over to the client. Also, aerial shots, while impressive, can’t get as close up or specific as a construction-operated drone can.

 

DRONES IN THE FUTURE

The major potential for drones to keep having such a massive impact on the construction industry is in the way they afford construction operators the opportunity to change their workflow.

For example, construction giant Komatsu announced plans to launch a drone service that would transition the companies from a contractor-supply service to a contractor itself. Other businesses include drone hire and drone pilot hire, to enable small-to-medium businesses to utilise drone technology.

Keep an eye out for part two in the Innovation Awards series, where Resolute Equipment details the next major winner of the 2016 awards.

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