6 Main Benefits of Using LiDAR for Construction and Infrastructure Projects

Now more than ever it has never been easier for construction and infrastructure companies to execute plans and improve projects by utilizing drones integrated with LiDAR. This is the reason why the use of this technology is rapidly increasing yearly and is projected to rise to $11.9 billion by 2027.   

For the past couple of years, using traditional land survey and mapping methods, construction companies struggled to get a good return on their investment due to time constraints. By utilizing LiDAR on drones, these companies can improve their efficiency in the field and thus their overall profitability.  

The following are some of the benefits we can expect from using LiDAR in construction and infrastructure:  

1. Fast Data Capture  

One of the challenges of any industry is the budget allocation for labor, materials, equipment, and more. Not to mention taking into consideration external factors that may cause delays like weather conditions, for example. With LiDAR which can fly for a maximum of 2.5 hours (depending on the battery life and platform), it accomplishes the demand for the completion of the given project. In this case, the faster you complete the job the more the cost reduces. 

Case and point, it takes a minimum of three days to survey a small piece of land using traditional methods and could take weeks on a larger project, which is very costly. Whereas, by using LiDAR, you can collect survey-grade data within a day helping stakeholders and other involved people to make decisions fast and save time. 

2. Accurate And Reliable Data Measurement  

LiDAR gives you the survey-grade data, allowing you to make accurate and reliable measurements of distances, surfaces, elevation, and land volumes avoiding miscalculations that can affect the budget immensely.  

By using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), you do not have to go back to the site if any miscalculations occur. You can just simply refer to the collected data for correction or comparison.  

3. Remote Access  

Having remote access gives anyone the ability to execute any task from a geographical distance, or said to be physically away, which greatly increases work productivity and efficiency. By doing this, the top leaders down to the workforce will have a better chance to tackle any issues which may arise in real-time, helping them make faster decisions unlike the traditional.  

Additionally, remote access to construction sites using drone lidar allows you to see the entire work including the potential dangers and unwanted elements around that could greatly affect the success of the job. 

4. Ensure Safety  

Another cause for delays during projects in the construction industry is accidents. Drones help decrease the need for human intervention and/or inspectors on-site, especially in hazardous areas. Now, site managers, engineers, and all other people involved can do their job away from such hazards reducing the possibility of injuries or job-related death. 

5. Good Return on Investment (ROI) 

Talking about all these factors, it all boils down to having a good return on investment. The reason why businesses keep looking for better and innovative ways to improve their job is so that they would gain higher profits. And most often than not, profit is equal to the cost reduction which is determined by completing a job faster and with accuracy. 

6. Business Opportunities 

Because of the speed, efficiency, and good return on investment, businesses will be able to leverage their strength and resources, setting them apart from their competitors who hesitate to adopt this innovative modern technology. Thus, scaling a business becomes realistic and achievable. 

Conclusion: 

With the increasing demand for innovation in the construction and infrastructure industries, LiDAR can make it possible for any business to scale up fast. With the leading benefits that LiDAR is known for — fast data capture, accurate and reliable data measurement, remote access, safety assurance, a good return on investment (ROI), and business opportunity, unsurprisingly, a lot of construction companies are now taking advantage of the use of this modern technology causing the inflation in the price of drones in the market. 

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