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Andrew Thoma

CS11327: Using Drones to Control a Site: A Study of UAVs for Project Control and Quantification

(Duration 01:12:01)

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Key Learning

Key Learning

  • Find out what benefits there are to utilizing a UAV or drone on a construction site
  • Learn how to develop custom workflows and identify required resources to create consistent and reliable data to use for project control
  • Discover the legal ramifications of using a UAV for commercial purposes
  • Gain lessons learned from solutions to real-world challenges using drones for aerial surveys

Materials

Materials

Description

Description

Curious about the benefits of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for construction that go beyond just taking photos? Wish you could track and quantify a site’s earthwork more often and more accurately than you’re doing now? This session will focus on an actual working project site where UAVs were tasked with both of those issues. Working on a campus project that includes 12 buildings and 200 acres of site required a way to coordinate work among various trades while verifying work was being performed. To find a solution we took to the sky. With this course we will review how a UAV quadcopter was used to perform photometric surveys to understand how much of our site was exposed at one time; to control the work being performed by comparing the aerial-survey-generated digital terrain model (DTM) to the proposed DTM; to calculate volumetric information of material in the survey; and to verify landscape completion by model comparison.

Target Audience

Target Audience

Construction and civil firms that would like to see how new tools and technology can streamline their workflows for earthwork

Speakers

Speakers

Andrew Thoma

Building Information Management professional with 17 years accumulated experience across multiple Architectural Engineering Construction environments. Successful track record of development, implementation and usage of cutting-edge engineering technologies

Peter Marchese

Peter is a Senior Technology Evangelist at Microdesk, specializing in assisting organizations with implementing BIM processes and understanding and implementing new and upcoming technologies to enhance coordination, and differentiate skills and offerings from competitors.

This has included working with national AECO firms providing on-site assistance, integrating BIM into their design processes, custom training and content, and leading the process of creating standards and workflows, as well as utilizing VR, cloud/ mobile tools, and UAV’s to stay at the forefront of the industry.

Prior to joining Microdesk, Peter worked at design firms working on residential, institutional, liturgical and commercial projects. He has managed projects throughout all phases including CD’s, field surveys, code and product research, specs, and presenting to approval boards. Finished projects include several laboratory/research buildings, residences, libraries, and movie theaters.

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Published

  • 2015
  • CS11327
  • AU Las Vegas

Software

  • ReCap
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D

Industries

  • Construction Services
  • General AEC