Drones in Commercial Real Estate and Industrial Construction
Drones in Commercial Real Estate and Industrial Construction? They’re talked about everywhere and their benefits are sometimes far reaching or yet to be tested (I am curious to see how a drone can deliver a package during a MN snowstorm without plummeting to its death due to the added weight of the snow). Naturally, the popularity of drones made us ask; how can drones benefit those of us in the commercial real estate or industrial construction fields?
(Click on photo at left for more information about this Warehouse Addition and to see more aerial photography taken by a drone.)
We (at APPRO Development and CERRON Commercial Properties) decided there could be some benefit to utilize drones, so we embarked on a mission to learn more. Upon doing some research, we learned it’s important to find someone who is:
Qualified to operate a drone, especially in metropolitan areas or near airports
Knowledgeable of regulatory laws and keeps current with the changes
Carries insurance for the operation of their drone
Educated in photography and has the needed equipment to provide high quality photos
After finding a “pilot” whose skills we were confident in, we were able to utilize drones in numerous ways over the past year to:
Capture stunning images of buildings post-construction as part of construction photos file.
Obtain unique perspectives on commercial buildings and office suites for marketing purposes.
Investigate issues with joints, roofs, HVAC and other systems that normally require rooftop access, a bucket lift or a REALLY tall ladder.
The benefits in utilizing a drone allowed a significant cost savings over other methods, such as aerial photography completed by a pilot and a photographer. In fact, we may have just done without the wonderful photos had it not been for the savings using a drone. In addition to our company having a drone pilot that we hire for imaging, some of our subcontractors also have access to a pilot to provide insightful feedback on existing building conditions.
Structural engineers have learned to utilize drones for inspecting hard to reach places, such as under bridges or high in the air to view windmill or cell towers, smoke stacks and other tall buildings. Interestingly, drones are also being used to assist in mapping of rail lines.
While there is much debate surrounding the use of drones, some practical applications, which are non-obtrusive to the general public, are indeed beneficial to the Commercial Real Estate and Industrial Construction industry.
If you have an existing property you would like to market for sale or lease, or have a commercial building in need of repair or expanding, please contact our team to assist you. Perhaps we may incorporate the use of drones into your next project!
For more information on Commerical Real Estate and Construction,
please visit our "Industrial building construction process" page for additional information on how the construction process works and may benefit you and your company as you consider your future space needs.
A drone was used to view the roof and parking lot of the APPRO Development and CERRON Commercial Properties building. The aerial perspective helped determine maintenance needs and cosmetic improvements to enhance the aesthetics of the property.