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Road construction and monitoring using drones

In its simplest sense, road construction refers to the science and engineering of paving materials that provide us with safe and stable roads, bridges and highways. However, road construction is not a one-time process, but a periodic tracking of road maintenance and measures to maintain operations. Civil engineers are often negatively impacted by controllable or uncontrollable factors, such as increased production and maintenance costs, exceeding stipulated road development times, and unnecessary delays in working resources and labor.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are a process alternative for road construction and maintenance. With its advantages of smooth maneuverability, fast and time-critical results, precise measurements, thorough and detailed measurements, drones or unmanned aircraft prove to be suitable and convenient alternatives to traditional procedures. Overall, the advent of technology has brought a plethora of possibilities and innovations that would otherwise be limited to our imaginations. Drone technology, with its specialization, has helped rebuild the construction industry with great results

How the construction industry is using drone data

Technology at the forefront of innovation and advancement has attracted demand and applications for drones to simplify the complexities associated with every industry. Also propelling the construction industry, drone technology uses creative methods to elevate the industry to higher heights. The adoption of drones has made great strides in road construction, with a growth rate of 239%. This promotes the development of the application industry.

With multiple advantages in the field, drones provide fast road surveying, precise mapping, time-sensitive land surveying, and many more road management activities. These and related operations are made possible by the exceptional quality and accuracy of drone data. The visual data, content and measurements collected from aerial surveying, mapping and data processing have taken a leap forward under the influence of LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors and artificial intelligence automation and technology. Aerial mapping and surveying help record this data, which will be processed by drones at a later stage to produce precise and correct measurements and information. The biggest advantage of drone data collection and processing is the speed of its aerial mapping, which ultimately dictates bridge inspections and road construction.

The Benefits of Using Drones for Road Mapping

An advanced and perfect representation of efficiency and performance, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are the key to sustainable and efficient road construction, highway infrastructure management, bridge inspection and road management operations. Powered by new-age technologies, drones can help in a variety of situations and are especially important for high-risk surveillance and many similar applications.

On-demand image acquisition

Drone imagery brings together a multitude of benefits equivalent to acquiring qualitative visual content and aerial photography. Surveying and mapping with orthomosaics is essential for instant and high-resolution aerial footage. The prospect of virtual tours and drone imagery is more uplifting than walking land surveys. The clarity received by the drone is unmatched in on-demand aerial imagery, drone data and footage.

Accurate and comprehensive data

Drone technology and its powerful capabilities make it easy to view aerial imagery and footage. This includes the ability of drones to provide fast and reliable data collected from land and road surveys. Pushing the technological limits of space in the construction industry brings the advantages of acquiring, processing and validating data to extract useful information through 3D road mapping, resulting in drones and drones that are very fast in retrieving critical and information obtained from drone surveys

Save cost and time

The most significant challenges facing the construction industry and most road construction are time and production costs. Crucially, the 80% building failed to complete the project within the stipulated time, causing the price to rise. Job delays are often attributed to unexpected contingencies, but mainly due to lack and lack of resources such as manpower, equipment and gear, machinery, instructions for use, etc. Failure to complete the specified construction in the expected time will only result in increased production costs. Drones can conveniently eliminate this with their fast data collection, fast mapping, and time-sensitive results. Their quick movement allows for easy maneuverability for immediate results and time and cost savings.

Maintenance and Asset Inspection

Road management and maintenance can be a burdensome process as it contains many elements that ensure the health and well-being of roads, highways and bridges. Complete construction does not justify the welfare of the highway and falls on the shoulders of maintenance. The adoption of drones for these purposes sheds light on the challenges of care and a desire to alleviate these shortcomings. The fluidity and dexterity of the drone helps to easily capture and identify areas in need of repair and provide repair services. Asset inspections have seen a new method using drones to investigate any failures in detail

Post-Project Documentation

Drones have proven to play an important role in a plethora of operations such as road construction, highway infrastructure, and bridge inspections. Each project is built around rich documentation and reports that help bring architectural models to life. Drone applications help reveal details in each building in terms of aerial footage and content. Drones help to easily detect these essential details from their bird's-eye view of roads and bridges. Data collected from drones through its specialized data processing capabilities is used for documentation for further determination. This saves time on road mapping and surveying by drones.

road infrastructure management

The role of drones in road maintenance and highway infrastructure management is relatively significant as they touch upon fundamental aspects of the construction industry. Aerial footage appears to have advantages in these areas, helping to achieve substantial results.

bridge inspection

Drone technology and its advancements have proven to be an excellent means of mapping, and more. The dynamic nature of these vehicles enables bridge inspections from all angles. The adoption of drones has helped conquer inspection and surveying in remote areas with its small size and fast maneuverability. High-resolution cameras and sensors installed in drones help capture detailed and focused images and videos from every angle and shot

Pavement condition and road hazard monitoring

Road congestion is usually the sum of a large number of fouls, speeding vehicles, heavy vehicles, accidents, etc. These unpleasant events have sparked an urgent need for road distress monitoring. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) smooth the tiring process of road inspections and repairs. Through operations such as monitoring, mapping, and mapping, drones collect useful data for mapping. In addition, it records damaged areas and details. When identified, drones also perform missions to deliver small tools and maintenance gear. In this way, deteriorating road conditions can be continuously monitored, checked and repaired.

Corridor map

The widespread popularity of UAVs is mainly due to the capabilities of UAVs for aerial photography and imagery. In this way, large swathes of land and roads can be covered at once. Demonstrate effective awareness of worker safety and access to remote areas that workers might not otherwise consider. Drone technology is very smart in providing these aspects of road construction.

Deliverables for Roadmap

Ortho Tessellation

The content captured by the drone is very skilled in image processing requirements such as image restoration, highlighting, and mapping. Drone imagery is used to create a visual orthomosaic depicting accuracy and detail. For better construction quality, it is possible to track the road construction provided to us in the form of these maps, timely work progress, etc.

3D model

Drone technology is used to paint aerial footage captured in real time to highlight the perception and purpose of the building model. 3D models facilitate the creation of 3D references, prototypes and similar annotations for rich road construction and maintenance solutions.

Why choose Zhenhe:

  • We have creative and rich photography experience: when operating the aerial camera, Zhenhe always has two people to ensure the best picture during the flight, but not neglect the flight safety
  • We are efficient: most of our cases are completed and sent to clients within 48 hours
  • All drones are insured, and all pilots have a certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration

About Zhenhe:

The core values are: integration, integrity, professionalism, innovation, and thinking about problems from the perspective of customers, thinking about the possible reactions of users and audiences, and delivering the most complete solutions after continuous adjustment.

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