Opinion: drones aid careers in construction, not replace them
Integrating new technology into any industry can cause concern for a number of reasons, and in particular over job security of the roles it appears to be replacing.
As drones continue to enter the construction sector, such worries are already apparent, however ConsortiQ, an international drone consultant has urged its workers to be excited about the possibilities of the new technology, rather than fearful, as drone technology can aid careers in construction.
Shea O’Donnel, marketing executive at ConsortiQ said, “Although many people are excited about drones, there is also a backlash against the technology. This is apparent in the wider world, as well as the construction industry, but we urge those against the use of drones to consider the potential they hold instead.
“How much easier is a bricklayer’s life now that concrete mixers are available? Reducing the need to exhaust themselves manually mixing, it allows for more time and effort to be spent in laying each brick perfectly. And the job of the bricklayer is still here today! Drones could offer the same benefits, improving workflow without posing a risk to existing job roles.”
The potential for helping with risk analysis and safety is clear. In a recent article for SHP Karl Simons, Thames Water, explained how the company had recently employed the use of drones to assist with working at height inspections.
The aim of drones in this case is not to eliminate the safety person but to aid them to do their job more thoroughly.
In The UK Drone Usage Report 2016, commissioned by Drones Direct, trades such as construction and plumbing were revealed as being the industries that utilised drones the most, highlighting how widespread the technology is within the sector.
An article in Professional Builder also provided insight into the industry, revealing how there is an urgent need to attract young, skilled workers back into construction in 2017.
Shea O’Donnel continued, “Embracing drones and actively using them more in construction could even help to encourage the new wave of skilled staff that it is desperately lacking. It could make construction exciting, appealing and present it as an industry that is here to stay in the future. These things are all very attractive to youngsters, deciding which career path to follow.”
ConsortiQ is an integrated drone solution specialist offering expert consultancy, training and drone solutions to aid a wide range of business applications, including construction, surveying and engineering.