Drone use in construction continues to increase in popularity. However, some won’t do a good job in the construction business because they lack the features to make them practical. The following drones may be worth further investigation for use in construction projects.
The drone a contractor chooses depends on its use, general weather conditions in the area and other factors. Look for wind stability, battery life, flight time, upgraded cameras and ease of use. Choosing the right equipment to make work on a construction site easier, safer and save money is important. Choosing the right school for required continuing education is also. Picking a contractor school that offers courses that are preapproved by a state, convenient to take and affordable to prepare for relicensing is a practical move.
DJI makes a number of different models, such as the Matrice 100 and 600 and is the current leader in drone manufacturing. The Mavic Pro is the company’s latest offering. It is not only compact, versatile and lightweight but is equipped with an integrated 4K camera and highly rated by reviewers. Spare batteries are not included, and flight time is realistically 20 to 25 minutes.
DJI also joined with Datumate to sell impressive Site Solution Survey software with mapping and imagery tools. This software can convert your ground and aerial images into maps and 3D models with clarity and precision. Contractors can use it for mapping, throughout the construction process and for inspections. It can be used for ground photography and make measurements on the images themselves.
The only drawback to this drone is the cost, which is too steep for some budgets. It comes equipped with an independent FPV camera, many flight modes and lots of security features. Beautiful imaging and added stability features makes this a top pick.
DJI Phantom Series
The DJI Phantom 4 offers stability, a good operating range and 4K video capture. According to a review by PC Magazine, the Phantom has been streamlined and an obstacle avoidance system has been added. It will require a third-party software app for more complicated use than just visual field captures.
Kespry, based in California, manufactures Drone 2.0, which is capable of producing high-quality images, 3D models, topographic maps and more. Lightweight and fast, it has an airtime of about 30 minutes and covers 150 acres or more before needing a recharge. This latest offering from Kespry has numerous upgrades over the older model, including airframe, improved wind resilience and battery. It comes equipped with an impressive custom Sony industrial-grade camera.
Yuneec has been in business since 1999, when they started producing quality remote-controlled planes for hobbyists. Since then, they expanded into the drone market. According to a review by BestDroneforTheJob, among their Typhoon series, the Typhoon H is designed for both professional or amateur use. It has five rotors, which adds to its stability, a built-in obstacle detector, can stay in the air for up to 25 minutes and has a transmission range of up to one mile. The camera combines 12-megapixel and 4K for clear, stable pictures with a 360-degree viewing range.
Choosing a Contractor School
PDH Contractor Academy offers continuing education packages, including core courses, for contractors in a number of states. Online or correspondence courses designed to let you study anywhere and at any time lets you set your own schedule. Once you have successfully completed a course, we will notify the appropriate licensing board in states where it is allowed. In addition, we supply you with completion certificates. This makes it fast and easy to renew your contractor’s license when the time comes. We also offer support throughout the process and are happy to answer any questions you might have when you call us at (888)564-9098. For further information, browse courses by state.