Risk Considerations in the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Construction Industry
Wang, George; Hollar, Donna; Sayger, Susan; Zhu, Zhen; Buckeridge, John S.; Li, Jie; Chong, Jimmy; Duffield, Colin; Ryu, Dongryeol; Hu, Wei
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the construction industry is swiftly growing worldwide. UAVs are changing the way construction companies do business. Contractors are increasingly using camera-mounted UAVs to monitor the full range of activities. Rapid advances in camera, sensing, aeronautics, battery and autopilot navigation technologies have helped make UAVs affordable, reliable and easy to operate. The US Federal Aviation Administration predicts that UAVs hold tremendous promise and commercial drone sales could increase from 600,000 to 2.7 million over the next four years. On the one hand, UAVs are extremely cost-effective in conducting aerial surveys, worksite surveillance, real-time inspections, and monitoring jobsite safety. On the other hand, with UAV ownership rapidly rising, the number of reported UAV safety, risk, and liability incidents is increasing. With this new technology use in the construction industry, construction companies must be aware of all regulations, legislations, privacy liability, and risks for construction related businesses. Operating a drone or hiring a subcontractor to operate it is not something to do on the spur of the moment. Emphasis and effort should be placed on safety, risk control, training and education. The goal of this paper is to provide construction professionals with timely and pertinent information on UAV use with a focus on risk management based on current industry practice, experience and literature review.
Wang, George, & Hollar, Donna, & Sayger, Susan, & Zhu, Zhen, & Buckeridge, John S., & Li, Jie, & Chong, Jimmy, & Duffield, Colin, & Ryu, Dongryeol, & Hu, Wei. (December 2016). Risk Considerations in the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Construction Industry. Journal of Risk Analysis and Crisis Response,, (6:4), p.165-177. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10342/6067
Wang, George, and Hollar, Donna, and Sayger, Susan, and Zhu, Zhen, and Buckeridge, John S., and Li, Jie, and Chong, Jimmy, and Duffield, Colin, and Ryu, Dongryeol, and Hu, Wei. "Risk Considerations in the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Construction Industry". Journal of Risk Analysis and Crisis Response,. 6:4. (165-177.), December 2016. August 11, 2022. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/6067.
Wang, George and Hollar, Donna and Sayger, Susan and Zhu, Zhen and Buckeridge, John S. and Li, Jie and Chong, Jimmy and Duffield, Colin and Ryu, Dongryeol and Hu, Wei, "Risk Considerations in the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Construction Industry," Journal of Risk Analysis and Crisis Response, 6, no. 4 (December 2016), http://hdl.handle.net/10342/6067 (accessed August 11, 2022).
Wang, George, Hollar, Donna, Sayger, Susan, Zhu, Zhen, Buckeridge, John S., Li, Jie, Chong, Jimmy, Duffield, Colin, Ryu, Dongryeol, Hu, Wei. Risk Considerations in the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Construction Industry. Journal of Risk Analysis and Crisis Response,. December 2016; 6(4) 165-177. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/6067. Accessed August 11, 2022.