Press Release: 04.24.2013

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: A New On-site Tool?

As McCarthy’s work gets underway on a new human health research facility in Atlanta, Georgia Tech engineers investigate new applications for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology on-site.

Safety on construction sites is paramount. McCarthy is committed to training, education, compliance and doing whatever it takes to ensure the safety of team members and partners. Industry guidelines often provide best practices for every stage and type of construction environment. Ensuring quality is a close second. What happens when a new technology comes on the scene that could change the way safety and quality are ensured? You test it, of course.

That’s exactly what happened in Atlanta at the site of the new Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB) site. Georgia Tech student engineers used UAV technology to provide remote sensing and get an up-close look at the building’s foundation. The images were gathered by a four-pound, remote-controlled UAV and sent to an iPad for close inspection. The potential use of UAVs in construction is exciting. Imagine sending up a drone to the 10th floor to verify the correct seating of a roof joist or to conduct a final safety sweep, ensuring all personnel have exited an area before shutting down for the day. There are many situations where using drone technology could enhance the construction process and help deliver improved results for owners.

Just as research findings will be tested over and over at EBB, McCarthy will continue to work closely with Georgia Tech to conduct additional UAV trials, helping to contribute to the body of new information about this emerging technology and how it could impact construction management in the near future.

Would you like to learn more about UAVs? Read this Engineering News-Record coverage of the topic.

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