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Aerial LiDar and Photogrammetry Part 1

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Scalable technologies are helping steer the construction industry into an era of innovation; however, future-proofing this stagnant industry isn’t going to be an easy task. Construction is one of the nation’s oldest industries, and it shows in contractors’ no-nonsense approach to development. Contractors want to cut costs and accelerate production schedules, but utilizing new technologies like LiDar and photogrammetry appear to be a risky investment of time and resources.

At Cotney Construction Law, our Chattanooga contractor attorneys have been working with construction professionals for years. We understand that implementing new technologies can be costly and throw a wrench in your plans, but we have also witnessed firsthand how utilizing small-scale technologies like LiDar and photogrammetry can benefit your project substantially. In this two-part series, we will discuss how this new technology can save you time and money.

The Construction Industry Requires New Surveying Solutions

Land surveys are an integral part of the construction process. Without an appropriate survey to preclude any negative externalities, your project could be unexpectedly sidelined or canceled. The surveying profession is growing quickly as the need for due diligence and preventative counsel increases, but surveyors will need to take advantage of new technologies to maintain relevance. For contractors, possessing a comprehensive understanding of any possible drawbacks related to your project can cut the overall cost of construction considerably.

In a period where construction is booming (210,000 jobs added in 2017), the need for increasingly effective surveying techniques will play a large role in the success of up-and-coming building firms as well as established businesses. Growth leads to competition, and competition breeds innovation as firms vie for lucrative contract offers with private and federal investors. As far as scalable technologies go, surveying breakthroughs like LiDar and photogrammetry represent two relatively affordable investments that can result in near-instantaneous improvements to your pre-construction process as well as overall safety and productivity.

Pros of Improved Land Surveys

A comprehensive survey can be an early indicator of a stress-free project. When you eliminate the probability of an issue emerging during construction, you tend to meet your deadlines and boost your workers’ morale. On the other hand, a poorly conducted survey can call the safety of your workers and the plausibility of your project into question. This usually leads to project delays, workplace injuries, and disputes with investors.

Clearly, the importance of land surveys cannot be overstated. By improving your available cache of data before construction, you greatly reduce the chance of your project being derailed. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be utilized to collect data from the air. In part two, we will discuss two UAV survey technologies — LiDAR and photogrammetry.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.