Andre Bourque

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IDG Contributor Network: How drones are advancing civil engineering and surveying

Drones are everywhere. High priced and low, they’re the decade’s new toy. If you have one, you flaunt it. If you don’t, you want one. Regardless, there’s no doubt that they are also really making their presence felt throughout industrial applications. From real estate to golfing and farming, they challenge users to come up with new ideas.


Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including drones, provide invaluable help and cost savings with wide views of inaccessible and otherwise difficult and tough to navigate locations. It sends back a full image of the territory to teams planning logistics for next steps.

Overviews reveal assets and challenges, as well as the broad lay of the land. They indicate best access and concerning hazards. The overhead perspective and 360° panoramas relay a real-time scenario. And, with this input, engineering teams can prioritize their approaches. 

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