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How are Drones used in Architecture?

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The use of drones in architecture is essential today.

Drones can be used throughout the entire process of an architect’s construction project.

 

Summary:

 

  1. Drones in architecture
  2. What is the purpose of a drone for an architect?
  3. How do architects use drones in the design process?
  4. Drones are useful for many projects
  5. What are the advantages of integrating drones into an architectural practice?

 

1. Drones in architecture.

 

Technological innovations influence trends in architecture. An example of this is the use and implementation of drones. Drones have become popular in recent years because of how well they capture hard to take images and because of big brands such as Parrot and DJI. Drones made their first appearance to the general public in 2006 and now play a significant role in architecture.

 

2. What is the purpose of a drone for an architect?

 

Like photographers, architects use drones to take photos from specific angles. Drones can be used throughout the entire process of a construction project. 

 

Drones can be used to:

 

  1. provide a global view of a construction site 
  2. study a site before any work is carried out 
  3. visualize a finished construction project 
  4. monitor a project and verify the quality of work 
  5. highlight the architect's work after the project is completed



3. How do architects use drones in the design process?

 

Drones allow architects and property owners to observe a construction project from all angles. In particular, they allow a precise view of the shape and structure of a building's roof. 

 

Building inspection and maintenance are also impacted by the use of drones. Drones can detect structural problems easily and precisely.   

 

Aerial photography is an asset for an architect's construction projects; it is the best way to ensure site monitoring. A drone is able to take automated images from strategic positions. 

 

Drones are also extremely efficient; they allow architects to design exact plans and finish projects in less time.

 

An architect can obtain identical shots of the different stages during a project, ensuring the same GPS coordinates, altitude, and camera angles in each image. 

 

4. Drones are useful for many projects.

 

In most cases, an architect will use a drone to take pictures of prospective construction sites or completed projects.

 

In the case of completed projects, photos from a drone allow the architect to create an original portfolio that will stand out from the competition and impress future clients. 

 

For renovation projects, an architect utilises a drone to check the condition of a building, especially the roof. 

 

Drones also make it possible to produce global perspectives for landscape integration with even more precision than Google Earth. 

 

When a construction project is accepted, drones perform conformity checks

 

Video inspection for structural diagnostics is still marginal, even though drones make it possible to capture without having a technician attached to a rope!

 

5. What are the advantages of integrating drones into an architectural practice?

 

Having a drone at the disposal of an architectural practice allows architects in the firm to be proactive. They wouldn’t have to call a service provider every time they needed a drone; they would be able to complete projects faster and more efficiently on their own. Because drones can be used extensively in many phases of a project, they are becoming essential tools in the field of architecture.

 

To use a drone professionally, one needs to hold a Private Pilot License (PPL) and a Declaration of Practical Competence, for which a set number of hours of training are required. Architects in the UK may also want to inquire information from the association that issues commercial drone licenses, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

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