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Architecture

Drones have a wide variety of uses within architecture from topographical surveys, orthomosaics, 3D modelling, asset inspection and progress monitoring to marketing uses.  Drones can assist in all stages of the architectural design process from beginning to end. Drones offer key benefits such as cost and time reductions, risk mitigation and quality improvements, thereby bringing a competitive advantage to our clients.

 

Drones can assist architects in the following ways:

  • Topographical Survey: using drones to survey land or a site saves a substantial amount of time which will move a project one step closer to meeting its scheduled deadline. We can also produce Digital Surface/Terrain Models (DSM/DTM) while contour maps can be created on either model at intervals defined by the client if required.

  • Orthomosaics: they provide an aerial map of the land/site which can then be used to visualise the placement of buildings and services. They also enable architects to understand the projects location and proximity to the surrounding area.

  • 3D Modelling: these models are a great way to visualise an area of interest, they provide a detailed level of depth and insights into the structure being assessed at any stage of the development. 3D models can be imported into BIM or CAD packages so that comparisons can be done with the design plans. The accurate 3D model can be imported into your preferred modeling software that you can use as a base for your concept models, renderings, 3D printing and countless other applications.

 

  • Asset Inspection: drone inspections can provide access to areas that are deemed too difficult or risky to send architects into. An added benefit is that all drone inspection results can be saved for future reference while also allowing for comparisons over time. The completed structure or object can also be inspected by the drone for the architect before signing off the project, thus it can be used as part of the quality control process.

 

  • Progress Monitoring: drones are the best way for architects to monitor work progress on a project. They provide data which is better able to track a project’s progress, manage resources, reduce downtime, and keep projects on schedule and within budget. Images and/or videos can be used to record progress in management reporting and meetings.

 

  • Marketing: drones can highlight various features of a structure showing the whole building from different elevated angles, highlight sustainable features such as skylights, solar panels and green roofs. Videos can be produced from ground level to aerial views of the building which can explain its size, shape, materiality and give a general introduction to the building. Imaging can be used to capture the exact views from any height and in any direction of a high rise development.