Uses of Drone Applications to Monitor Productivity

 

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By Piero G. Anticona Tello

Lima, Peru

 


 

ABSTRACT

Drones are Unmannered Aerial Vehicles (UAV) that are having different applications because of the amount of information that they can collect in a short period of time during flight inspections.

It is also, one of the technologies that are rapidly increasing its use in construction, agriculture, maintenance, building design, mining, solar, and other sectors.

Drones are capable nowadays of helping to do surveys, calculate volumes, monitor risks before and during construction, identify damages in assets, monitor weather, to increase the safety of personnel getting access where humans would have difficulties, improve overall security, monitor progress, among others uses in several industries.

As a project controller, the author wants to analyse if drones, as support of project control activities when monitoring progress, might help to monitor productivity factors.

What are those productivity factors that a drone can help to measure and facilitate project controller’s activities?

This research is important to analyse how this new technology based on drone data can support project control activities to monitor root causes that might affect productivity.

Conclusions show that this new technology can monitor the root causes that might affect productivity. Specifically, those root causes that are tangible (through people, equipment, materials) and areas that they occupy can be located when programming drone’s path.

Keywords: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Drones, Project Control, Monitoring Progress, Project Management, Monitoring and Control, Productivity, Time – Wasters, Resource Management.

INTRODUCTION

New technologies are helping projects in different sectors to become more successful in designing, in executing and in monitoring the development, operation and maintenance of future assets.

According to Geniebelt[1], the top 10 construction technology trends in 2019 are:

  1. Augmented reality
  2. Construction software and data ecosystem
  3. Building Information Modelling
  4. Modular Construction
  5. Self-healing concrete
  6. Drones
  7. Robotics
  8. Cloud and mobile technology
  9. Advanced uses for GPS
  10. Wearable technology

Not only because of the economical grow that is predicted to have in the following years, but because they will help to be more efficient in using data, in saving time in construction, in improving design, in having a better control of the construction activities and other areas that would contribute to use resources efficiently, increase performance and the most important, to meet budgets and time for owners and contractors.

One of the technologies that are rapidly increasing its use in construction is the Drone.

Drones are Unmannered Aerial Vehicles (UAV) that are having different applications because of the amount of information that they can collect in a short period of time during flight inspections.

Levin, P.[2], mentions that drones can contribute as a support tool for construction and project controls.

For construction, Levin lists several potential uses of drones, as shown in the following table:

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How to cite this paper: Tello, P. A. (2019). Uses of Drone Applications to Monitor Productivity; PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue IV (May). Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/pmwj81-May2019-Anticona-drone-applications-to-monitor-productivity.pdf

 


 

About the Author


Piero G. Anticona Tello

Lima, Peru

 

 

Piero Anticona is a project controller with 15 years of professional experience in the sectors of Mining, Energy and Oil and Gas. He worked as Owner, EPCM and Contractor in different projects in Peru, Spain and France. Piero is a Certified Cost Professional from AACE International and Project Management Professional from Project Management Institute. Piero graduated from SKEMA (France) with a Master in Program and Project Management. In addition, he has a major study in Mechanical Electrical Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (Peru). He is currently president of AACE International Peru Section (2018-2019) and he is attending a distance learning mentoring course, under tutorage of Dr Paul D. Giammalvo, CDT, CCE, MScPM, MRICS, GPM-m Senior Technical Advisor, PT Mitrata Citragraha, to attain Guild of Project Controls certification.

Piero lives in Lima, Peru and can be contacted at piero.anticona@gmail.com

 

[1] GenieBelt. (2018, October 2). Top 10 construction technology trends for 2019. Retrieved from https://geniebelt.com/blog/top-10-construction-technology-trends-for-2019

[2] Levin, P. (2015). CSC.1851- Drones for Project Controls and Other Uses on Construction Projects. AACE International, Morgantown, WV