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Why Your Construction or Agri-Business Needs a Drone

By Paul Fitzgerald for America's Backbone Weekly

From security to project management, learn how drones will benefit your construction business. For operators of agri-businesses, drones provide an efficient and cost-saving method of crop monitoring. These devices can be equipped with cameras and data-collecting sensors that provide you with information that can reduce waste, wasted effort and generate insight into current on-the-ground conditions that enhance project management and security.

The Highest Visual Vantage Point With Advantages Galore

Whether you're a construction business operator who wants to improve mapping of your next project or run a farm and need to implement precision agriculture, drones are making life easier for business-people far and wide. For many, conceptions of drone usage begin and end with panoramic pictures of majestic vistas. In actuality, drones are multifaceted and versatile devices that have transformed many a business.

Modern drones have many business applications that are listed below:


  • Tracking job progress via aerial photography
  • Tracking logistics and production planning
  • A marketing device that is second to none
  • Superb for remote monitoring
  • Enhances on-the-job safety
  • Contributes to land surveying and laser scanning as a means of data collection
  • A device that can be used to show clients of actual progress

Great Cost Savings in Construction

Fortune Magazine estimates that America's construction industry was a $1.13 trillion concern in 2016 and that during the course of its activities approximately $160 billion of materials were wasted. With their precise vantage points, drones enable construction companies to save significant money by detailing reliable survey information and as a means of 24/7 surveillance. For these reasons, drones are expected to crack the $5 billion mark by 2020. For example, drone devices such as the Parrot Bebop 2 model, which retails for around $550, can visually show you how much sand or gravel is on-site at any given time.

Agriculture from Above Saving You Money on the Ground

For farm operators who have hundreds of hectares to manage, drones allow for a precise form of agriculture that would have been unimagined in previous generations. Products such as the Parrot Mini-Drone Rolling Spider model, which retails for roughly $150, can cover space in a reduced amount of time.

Some of the other benefits of drones in agriculture include:

  • Getting a thorough and accurate picture of crop damage brought about by climate conditions or predators
  • Monitoring irrigation equipment
  • Identifying and assessing weed growth in the mid-field portion of crops
  • Keeping current on the progress, health, and whereabouts of cattle herds
  • Helping to assess security breaches as they occur

A recent Boston Globe article estimated that savings for agriculture operators could run in the billions. When it comes to corn production alone, the American Farm Bureau Federation believes a savings of $12 per acre can be realized with the adaptation of drones as a monitoring device.

Conclusion: Drones Make Life Easier and More Profitable for Business Owners

The aerial view from above enhances your vantage point on the ground. In particular, as a construction or agri-business owner/operator, you'll be able to readily assess the progress of projects in real time. Efficiencies can be realized that drive profits. This is not a wave of the future technology. Rather, it's with us here and now and waiting for you to implement in your day-to-day operations.

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