Using drone technology for inventory management


Every year, companies carry out expensive and time consuming inventories within their warehouses and outside storage areas.

These inventories require a huge mobilisation of material and human resources, which often involves stopping onsite activity. This can have a detrimental impact on a company’s business.

Our drone inventory management process has been designed to automate inventories with very little human intervention. As a result of our efficient workflow process, we can save our clients a lot of money while also producing the digital inventory data very quickly and in various formats that haven’t been available until now.

The issue

Project 7 Construction was seeking an alternative way of geo-locating the company’s inventory across two large, five acre sites related to a specific project. They wanted staff members to be able to quickly and easily locate any material across both sites on an iPad or PC, so that it could be collected and then sent to alternative locations.

Historically, staff members had to either walk or drive around both sites to locate the materials requested. This was very time consuming, as literally hundreds of pieces of material were stored on both sites.

Indeed, inventory management across two large outdoor sites represents a huge challenge for the best run companies. The company therefore turned to one of the newest methods now available for inventory management and that involved using drone technology, plus specialised photogrammetry and GIS software.

The solution

We discussed a range of services with the client and agreed that a high resolution orthomosaic, boundary measurements, and grid based mapping and tagging of the inventory would be provided at both sites.

To achieve a single high-resolution map of each site, we processed hundreds of individual images into a true to scale orthomosaic, giving Project 7 the ability to identify any piece of material in one viewing window. The scaled orthomosaic also meant that accurate relative measurements could be taken of the boundary or any material onsite. A high-resolution PDF with a grid and tagging system was created for each site, which allowed for the easy identification of material and more effective communication across the team.

The client was delighted with our services and the data provided. Project 7 said: “The use of drone technology and the digital information it produces has transformed our inventory management by saving us both time and money. What used to take weeks can now take just a few days while the digital information has benefited us enormously through better collaboration and communication.”

Using drone technology for inventory management

Using drone technology for inventory management

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