The future of drones in construction


by Mary Tyler March


The construction industry may be slow to change, but technology’s influence on and off the job site is unmistakable.

One company fueling that trend is Berkeley, CA–based 3D Robotics (3DR), a commercial drone software developer focusing on single-layer data collection and analysis. Founded in 2009 by former Wired Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson, the company wants to increase drone use in AEC.

On Tuesday, the company announced a move to partner with former a competitor, the global drone-maker DJI. DJI drones can now use 3DR’s Site Scan technology, which allows autonomous flight modes, multi-engine cloud processing, topographic surveys and volumetric measurements. Coming roughly two months after the company secured $53 million in Series D funding from investors including Atlantic Bridge and Autodesk, the move fulfills the company’s promise to invest that capital into expanding Site Scan.

Construction Dive spoke with Anderson about 3DR’s latest move, how aerial scanning is improving job site processes and what that means for construction companies looking to gain an edge.



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