Journal of Risk Analysis and Crisis Response

Volume 6, Issue 4, December 2016, Pages 165 - 177

Risk Considerations in the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Construction Industry

Authors
George Wang, Donna Hollar, Susan Sayger, Zhen Zhu, John Buckeridge, Jie Li, Jimmy Chong, Colin Duffield, Dongryeol Ryu, Wei Hu
Corresponding Author
George Wang
Received 3 December 2016, Accepted 12 December 2016, Available Online 30 December 2016.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/jrarc.2016.6.4.1How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Construction, Drone, Management, Risk, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
Abstract
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the construction industry is swiftly growing worldwide. UAVs are changing the way construction companies do business. Contractors are increasingly using camera-mounted UAVs to monitor the full range of activities. Rapid advances in camera, sensing, aeronautics, battery and autopilot navigation technologies have helped make UAVs affordable, reliable and easy to operate. The US Federal Aviation Administration predicts that UAVs hold tremendous promise and commercial drone sales could increase from 600,000 to 2.7 million over the next four years. On the one hand, UAVs are extremely cost-effective in conducting aerial surveys, worksite surveillance, real-time inspections, and monitoring jobsite safety. On the other hand, with UAV ownership rapidly rising, the number of reported UAV safety, risk, and liability incidents is increasing. With this new technology use in the construction industry, construction companies must be aware of all regulations, legislations, privacy liability, and risks for construction related businesses. Operating a drone or hiring a subcontractor to operate it is not something to do on the spur of the moment. Emphasis and effort should be placed on safety, risk control, training and education. The goal of this paper is to provide construction professionals with timely and pertinent information on UAV use with a focus on risk management based on current industry practice, experience and literature review.
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Journal
Journal of Risk Analysis and Crisis Response
Volume-Issue
6 - 4
Pages
165 - 177
Publication Date
2016/12/30
ISSN (Online)
2210-8505
ISSN (Print)
2210-8491
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/jrarc.2016.6.4.1How to use a DOI?
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license.

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