Using UAV Aerial Imagery for Drone Safety Monitoring

With the rapidly growing prevalence of drones on the construction site, it is no surprise that safety personnel are quickly starting to use this aerial intelligence to analyze project safety.  Drone imagery and data does not replace project observations but for larger projects where site walks are not a quick or easy, drone imagery can provide valuable information at the ready in a safe, controlled and repeatable manner.  Aerial imagery can be used not only for observation reports but also for better communication with team members, highlighting unsafe situations and praising best practices. In-depth reviews can be made with the benefit of locational context which can be difficult to understand with traditional reports where the location of the photo is difficult to identify.  Here are a few examples where sUAS images can help projects.

Drones Helping Projects

Site safety is currently largely about observations and corrective action, but the preventative action is even more valuable.  Being able to see a project site from a birds-eye-view allows for a better holistic review for project specific safety concerns.  For example, safety managers can review the active decks of an entire construction site to ensure hole covers, guardrails, and toe-boards/debris nets are installed.  Site observations can also be done from an off-site location allowing senior teammates to review specific site safety concerns sharing their vast knowledge on more projects.  Excavations spoil setbacks, collapse protection, and fall protection is simple to review, measure, and markup with cloud-based mapping software such as Skycatch or Drone Deploy, or in a Bluebeam PDF.  Frequent drone flights can be documented and distributed worldwide within hours. In the near future, these online services will use Artificial intelligence (AI) to review project’s for safety concerns and suggest preventive measures based on national, regional and custom safety standards.  Take a look at Josh Kanner’s Smartvid.io for a taste of what’s to come.  

Addition to Documentation for Safety

Drone imagery is not a 100% alternative to in-person project safety observations but can be a powerful supplement to a company’s reporting. Utilizing the imagery can help create efficiency in the safety program and allow more time for those necessary field observations.  For projects that are large, aerial photos can be the key to locating safety observation needles in the project’s haystack and by accessing a perspective that could not be viewed otherwise. Look for drones to be an every growing and evolving part of our industry’s safety culture in the future.

To learn more about FlywheelAEC, and how we can help document your project using drones, contact us today!