From the February 2019 issue of Facility Management, this article by Benjamin Freas discusses how
drones are used increasingly for building and site inspections, and expanded capabilities
are on the horizon.
To date, drone use has been dominated by hobbyists. The ease
of maneuverability and ability to create spectacular videos have appealed to
enthusiasts, and falling equipment prices and improved technology has fueled
adoption. Commercial uses of drones have been slower to emerge and are still in
an early stage of growth. But, the ability to use drones for surveillance,
photography, and video is gaining traction across a slew of industries. Indeed,
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expects the U.S. commercial drone
fleet to quadruple in size between 2017 and 2022.