BuiltWorlds: Top Drone Firms Buyer’s Guide

May 02, 2017


Pointivo’s proprietary computer vision and machine learning algorithms enable drone platforms to draw greater value from their systems and enhance the data outputs.

We asked some of the top drone solutions firms where they see the technology in three to five years. How will drone technology improve? How will it change? Here a few of their answers.
“We predict that the FAA will remove some of the barriers to entry in airspace that will enable widespread adoption. The equipment will continue to improve with increased flight time, obstacle avoidance and ease of operation — but the need for proficient pilots will not go away.”
“Drones are going to become the norm. We predict that at least one major mining enterprise will begin a large-scale commercial drone deployment by the end of 2017, and two major construction companies will do so. From a technological perspective, we expect major advances to be driven by integration and automation. Until very recently, drones have been used primarily as stand-alone tools.”
“There is no doubt that drones for construction will become an important and fundamental tool in almost every project — similar to how enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems became a basic system for every manufacturing project. It will be about the analytics capabilities, breadth of solutions, ease-of-use, vertical and horizontal integrations of such solutions to make them successful.”
“The drone industry is leaning away from hardware and toward data processing and analytics. The reason for this is that the basic drone hardware is increasingly commoditized. The real value to businesses is no longer in the drone flying and capturing data, but in everything that comes afterwards. Also, the IOT trend will only increase as companies strive to continually increase their efficiency by tracking, automating, and optimizing every single thing happening on their job sites.”
“We’ll see greater autonomy in the workflow, removing the need for repeat tasks, lowering the bar of accessibility without compromising performance, and the retooling of traditionally manual of physical jobs to include operation and management of workplace technology solutions. This will evolve into artificial intelligence and machine learning that will allow users to draw greater value from their systems and enhance the data outputs. We will also see significant advances in industry specific applications around particular use cases that will augment the human potential of employees.”
Drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are quickly shaping up as the built industry’s can’t-livewithout, next generation of tools. But not every contractor needs a full in-house team of pilots. And not every sub wants to own their own drone. With so many UAV solutions out there — what questions should firms be asking themselves when evaluating the software, hardware, and professional services out there?
We talked to 8 of the leading companies in the drone services industry to find out. Here are a few of their tips –
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Original article by PHOEBE NOCE


About Pointivo
Pointivo is a 3D intelligence platform that captures dimensionally accurate 3D models and measurements for as-built environments using drone imagery. It uses computer vision and machine-learning algorithms to automatically generate digital models for import into CAD, BIM, and VR systems. The software can also process photos and videos captured from any drone, generate point clouds, and extract features to produce intelligent models. Additionally, it can create 3D models from point clouds produced by other photogrammetry software solutions. Future software releases will automatically register point clouds from drone capture and ground-based smartphone capture and extract measurements for all structural building components at pixel-level accuracy. For more information: www.pointivo.com