Create an accurate visual timeline of your job site using DroneDeploy’s Progress Photos feature

Job site documentation is essential for every general contractor. Whether you need to share the state of a project with clients and stakeholders, monitor site changes over time, or dispute claims down the road—you’ll need to capture progress photos over the course of a project.

Drones are quickly becoming the go-to tool for job site documentation. And for a good reason: drones provide aerial perspectives, along with accurate visual data, to help your team make better decisions on the job site. They also save time and money, improve communication, and increase safety.

If you aren’t using drones to document site progress, it might be time to reconsider. Read on to learn how DroneDeploy’s newest tool, Progress Photos, can simplify progress tracking and reporting for your team.

Streamline Job Site Documentation

More than half of our construction customers use drones to take photos of their job site. But manually flying a drone to take individual corner shots of your project can be difficult — especially when you need to repeat this process week after week to document the latest changes.


Introducing Progress Photos from DroneDeploy

That’s where Progress Photos come in. It’s the first solution to automate visual site documentation throughout the life cycle of a project. Now you can plan automated drone photo flights from your desktop or mobile device, capture multiple points of interest on your site, and generate professional progress reports to share with customers and stakeholders in minutes.


With DroneDeploy, it’s easy to plan a photo flight, choose your points of interest, capture photos, and generate automatic photo reports to share with stakeholders and clients every week.

With photo missions, you can select your desired point of interest anywhere within the mission area and capture up to 16 photos of your site at once.


Choose a point of interest anywhere in your photo mission plan.

Progress Photos simplifies the photo capture and reporting process, so you can spend less time planning and flying and more time communicating with stakeholders and clients.

“Photo Flights from Drone Deploy opens a whole new environment to efficiently and effortlessly capture deliverables our clients have been asking for.” — Grant Hagen, VDC Manager at The Beck Group

Create Consistent Weekly Progress Photo Reports

It’s challenging to ensure progress photos shot manually are consistent week after week. Are the images taken from the same location? The same altitude? The same angle? That is where our automated photo missions come in. We have made it easy to repeat flights each week so that your progress photos and reports always look consistent.


Generate consistent photo reports each week of your job site.

Once you make your original flight plan, re-fly it each week to capture change over time. Once the drone lands, you can generate progress reports with the push of a button.

“In the past, other tools have proven difficult when onboarding new pilots and supporting my team. Progress Photos makes adoption and reporting site progress easy across McCarthy’s entire team.” — Ryan Moret, McCarthy Building Companies

Bring the Job Site Back to the Office

Keeping HQ updated on the happenings in the field has always been a challenge for project managers and superintendents. But we’ve made it easy to quickly generate progress reports that can be shared with stakeholders back at the office. Once you finish a photo flight, your progress report is ready to share in minutes—making it easy to communicate changes and keep colleagues informed.

Store All Your Drone Data in a Single Place

With DroneDeploy, you don’t have to worry about using multiple apps to fly, capture, process, and store your data. The entire workflow is possible within the DroneDeploy platform. Drone photos, maps, and 3D models are all stored in a single place and accessible anywhere — on any device — via the DroneDeploy cloud. This makes collaboration simple and keeps your team organized.

With our new feature, we’ve simplified site documentation. If you haven’t tried using drones to capture progress photos, give DroneDeploy a try. We know you’ll be impressed with the quality of data and how easy it is to document changes on your job site.

Where to Learn More


Get the full rundown on our Progress Photos solution by watching our latest webinar.
  • See how Choate Construction leveraged drone maps and photos to keep a 550,000 square-foot project on track and save $7,700 in the process.
  • DroneDeploy’s new construction solution has everything you need to get started with drones on the job site. Learn more by visiting our website.

Get Started with DroneDeploy

Want to learn how DroneDeploy can help your business? Visit www.dronedeploy.com to start your free trial or request a consultation with one of our team members. The DroneDeploy mobile application is available for free download for both iOS and Android devices.



Using Drones to Capture Construction Progress Photos was originally published in DroneDeploy’s Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.


HHNT Engineering improves on-site productivity up to 50% and provides clients with accurate aerial insights using DroneDeploy

Let’s talk a little trash. The literal kind. Drones and garbage might seem like an unlikely combo, but HHNT Consulting Engineers discovered that drones transform the process of creating stormwater pollution prevention plans for solid waste transfer stations and hauling companies.

Drone maps create a highly detailed visual tool that helps sites stay in compliance with state & federal regulations. The new deliverables help manage stormwater runoff with the least environmental impact — and drones increased their team’s productivity by up to 50% over the course of the project.

Mike Crossin and Daniel Windham head the in-house drone program at HHNT. Last summer they mapped 50 transfer stations and hauling companies across Georgia and Alabama. Their team and clients no longer have to rely on basic, black-and-white drawings as visual aids for complex stormwater plans. With DroneDeploy’s cloud-based mapping platform, they have an efficient, collaborative tool that brings EPA-mandated Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans to life.

“With DroneDeploy, we went from zero to 100. We were able to go from something somebody could have created, honestly, a hundred years ago, to something you couldn’t have created two years ago.” — Daniel Windham, HHNT Engineers


Mike Crossin, Chief Pilot (left), and Daniel Windham (right), Environmental Scientist, head up the in-house drone program at HHNT Consulting Engineers.

Drones Help Create High-Resolution, Location-Specific Visual Aids

Every landfill and transfer station must have an up-to-date Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan in place to meet regulatory requirements. The plans, designed by environmental engineers, address everything from the path stormwater travels on a landfill site to the cleanup process if an incident occurs.

Each plan includes visual aids to help clients understand its requirements, such as where to take stormwater samples. Before drones, engineers created these visual aids as diagrams using the information gathered on foot and through conventional surveying during a site visit.


An example of the previous basic, black-and-white visual aids used before adopting drone maps. This could be time consuming.

There were two major limitations to this system. For the engineers making the designs, it was a very time-consuming process to put these diagrams together. The designs also lacked aerial imagery. This meant that it was challenging for HHNT and their clients to quickly orient themselves on the site.

“Before drones, we were working with black and white, not-to-scale field maps in AutoCAD. These lacked the aerial imagery and details provide by drones, which made it difficult for multiple operators to quickly determine their locations and seek out areas of importance.” — Daniel Windham, HHNT Engineering


Now, with drone maps, the HHNT team can add annotations onto accurate, up-to-date aerial imagery. Explore the full orthomosaic map.

Now, with drone maps, the HHNT team can add annotations onto accurate, up-to-date aerial imagery. They point employees to geo-referenced points, examine site features in detail, visualize the path of water flow on a site, and even use drone maps to check elevations for drainage. The improved level of detail provided by aerial maps has led to an increase in team efficiency.


With DroneDeploy it’s simple for HHNT Engineers to overlay CAD drawings (left) onto drone maps (right) and deliver accurate, high-quality visual aids to their clients with real-time aerial imagery.

DroneDeploy Increases Efficiencies and Improves the Accuracy of Stormwater Plans

As the HHNT team discovered, the benefits of drone maps go far beyond the pretty pictures. They leveraged DroneDeploy’s cloud-based platform and app market to increase efficiency, collaboration, and accuracy at every step of the process.

Increased Efficiency

Daniel and Mike mapped 50 transfer stations and hauling companies across two states with drones. Their record was eighteen sites in three days. That is 50% faster than with the previous workflow. Daniel credits their efficiency to DroneDeploy’s built-in flight planning and cloud-based platform. He set up the flight plans ahead of time, so when Mike arrived on site, he was ready to fly. From back at the office, Daniel could access the map and share it with engineers in less than 48 hours.

This increased efficiency extended to the engineering team also. With drawings in hand, they went to each site visit more prepared, able to focus on problem areas that they identified and annotated ahead of time in DroneDeploy.


Mike Crossin gets ready to launch his DJI Inspire 1. For smaller sites, he uses a DJI Phantom 4 Pro for its portability and maneuverability.

Real-time Collaboration

Because they worked within DroneDeploy’s cloud-based platform, the team could collaborate in real time. If Mike arrived at a site and noticed unexpected construction or site changes, he could easily share these changes with the team back at the office. Likewise, Daniel was able to share and collaborate with the engineering team in real time through the DroneDeploy platform.

Improved Accuracy

But the most significant return on investment for HHNT was the increased accuracy of the final Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans.

“When the engineers create the plans, they don’t have to depend on just the site visit and field sketches,” says Daniel. “Or, did they remember to take a picture of everything important on the site? With the drone, you don’t have to worry about that. It’s all right there in front of you.”

Now, instead of black and white plans and diagrams, HHNT imports their drone maps into ArcGIS and overlays accurate, location-specific diagrams and annotations that their clients use to maintain compliance and the highest standard of environmental management.

Where to Learn More

Get Started with DroneDeploy

Visit www.dronedeploy.com to start your free trial or request a consultation with one of our team members. The DroneDeploy mobile application is available for free download for both iOS and Android devices.



Drones Help Civil Engineers Enhance Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans was originally published in DroneDeploy’s Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.


New to Drones? Get some practical UAV advice from a seasoned ag expert before mapping your fields

The weather is warming up and planting season in finally underway — which means many growers will turn to drones for the first time to collect aerial crop data.

To help you get started on the right foot, we reached out to ag expert Jim Love. Jim is the Light Robotics Manager and Herbicide Specialist at Beck’s Hybrids. He’s helped growers implement drones on their farm — and learned a lot in the process.

Here are five tips Jim thinks every ag pro should know before they go into the field with their drone for the first time.

Buy the Right Drone for the Job — And One You Can Afford to Lose

Choosing the right drone can be tricky, but we’ve put together resources to make it easier. Jim recommends using the drone that works best for you. Don’t feel like you have to purchase an expensive system. If a DJI Phantom 4 Pro can capture the data you need, buy that. Save yourself the money and increase ROI in the process.

Unfortunately, accidents can happen. Jim has worked with growers all over the midwest, and he’s seen his fair share of drone accidents in the process. “Buy a drone you can afford to lose,” says Jim. Don’t go overboard. “Don’t get in a position where you get indigestion every time you take off. A tool you’re afraid to use isn’t a very valuable tool.” Risking expensive equipment when an affordable model and camera can do the job is unnecessary.

Offset additional risk by getting a drone insurance policy. Learn more here.

Start Simple

You have to crawl before you can walk. Jim recommends flying your drone manually and getting comfortable with the controls before making a field map with DroneDeploy. Jumping straight into drone mapping can be challenging for your first day. Avoid feeling overwhelmed by getting the hang of manual flight before you fire up the DroneDeploy app and make your first field map.

We’ve put together 10 tips for making your first map with DroneDeploy here.


DroneDeploy helps you uncover problems when they occur , so you can make more informed crop management decisions throughout the growing season.

Not Every Map Will Be Valuable

This tip may come as a surprise to some, but Jim wants to set expectations correctly. “Not every map you make with DroneDeploy is going to be solid gold,” says Jim. In fact, many drone maps are going to tell you what you already know about your fields, such as water holes or places where you towed a grain cart with your tractor. But don’t get discouraged. When you fly frequently, you’re going to uncover things you didn’t know — such as areas of poor crop health, disease, or irrigation issues that emerge throughout the season.

The More You Fly, the More You Know

While every map won’t provide “solid gold” insights, you have to fly often to catch issues when they do emerge. “The more you fly your fields, the more you will get maps with valuable information,” says Jim. And unlike other methods of aerial data collection, drone data is available on demand at little per map.

“The nice thing about the costs built into this model is that you’re not spending $2-$3 per image. So if you get a map without valuable data, that’s ok. See what happens next week when you go out and fly again.” — Jim Love


Always pack additional batteries and SD Cards before you go out in the field.

Be Prepared

Whenever Jim goes out into the field, he makes sure to pack the right gear. He charges his devices, brings multiple drone batteries and packs several SD cards every time.

Having multiple SD cards is good for a couple of reasons:

  • By changing out the SD card each time you fly a new field, it’s easier to organize your data efficiently — which saves time when you get back to the office or your house to upload and process your map.
  • If your SD card fails — which can happen — you want to be prepared. This way you can avoid downtime and wasted efforts in the field.

“That’s what it’s all really about,” says Jim. “Helping customers save time and make good decisions so that we’re all successful.”

Where to Learn More

Free eBook: The Ulitmate Guide to Using Drones on the Farm

Whether you already use drones on your farm, or simply thinking about it, we’ve filled this e-book with everything you need to know.

Agriculture Webinar Series

Want to learn more from Jim? Watch our most recent webinar.

Our ongoing webinar series brings the agriculture experts to you. We’ve teamed up with some of the most knowledgeable ag pros to help you put drones to work on the farm. Explore our live and on-demand webinars here.


Learn from ag experts in our ongoing agriculture webinar series.

DroneDeploy’s Guide to Crop Scouting with Drones

Learn how to evaluate plant health and detect crop stress with drone data by reading our guide. It covers everything from assessing plant health to the types of sensors you need to generate crop insights.

Get Started with DroneDeploy

Want to learn how DroneDeploy can help your business? Visit www.dronedeploy.com to start your free trial or request a consultation with one of our team members. The DroneDeploy mobile application is available for free download for both iOS and Android devices.

Available now, the DroneDeploy Precision Ag Package includes unlimited drone mapping and storage, as well as a curated toolset for generating actionable insights on the farm and in the field.



5 Tips for UAV Success on the Farm This Season was originally published in DroneDeploy’s Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.


What types of results should you expect from drones? Here’s a look at the numbers behind the drone data.

At this point, you’ve probably heard about drones, and how aerial photos, maps, and models are delivering a return on investment (ROI) for companies of all sizes. But you might have some questions. Exactly how much time and money do drones save? What kind of ROI should you expect if you start a drone program at your company?

In this post, we’re going to dig into the numbers behind the drone imagery. From the farm to the construction site, drones are continually driving worker productivity, cutting costs, and improving safety.

Read on to get a first-hand look at the results DroneDeploy customers across industries such as agriculture, construction, and surveying see from implementing drones on their job sites.

Saving Time and Boosting Productivity with Faster Data Collection

Drones are quickly replacing traditional forms of data collection ranging from satellite and manned aircraft imagery to manual inspection and measurement. Drones speed up the process and cut anywhere from hours to weeks off a project timeline.

Inspection

ReconnTech recently used drones to map underground utility locations across more than 400 sites in California. Without drones, a technician typically completed between five and seven sites per day. Depending on the driving time between locations, drone mapping allowed a single tech to complete at least ten, and sometimes up to twenty, sites in a single day.

“By using drones…we have increased our field productivity by 50–75%.” –Chris Bartlett, Director of Technology at ReconnTECH
Read the case study


Nelson Aggregates replaced ground-based survey teams with aerial surveys, resulting in a 95% reduction in staff hours . Read the case study.

Surveying

In some cases, drones eliminate the need to send teams out into the field to gather data altogether. This was the case with Nelson Aggregates. The company replaced ground-based survey teams with aerial surveys completed by a single operator, resulting in a 95% reduction in staff hours — a total of 228 hours each year — and saved $28,500 across six quarry sites. Read the case study.

Reducing Costs and the Boosting Bottom Line with Drone Insights

Team productivity is just part of the equation. At the simplest level, less time collecting and analyzing data reduces the resources required to complete a job. Digging deeper drone data can uncover issues before they become even more costly, saving companies much more than just time.

From making faster in-field decisions to identifying trends unavailable in the past, drones provide unparalleled insights that deliver up to 5X cost savings for our customers. In a recent survey, 40% of customers reported cost savings from the use of DroneDeploy.


One industry seeing a big payoff from drone data is Agriculture.

Agriculture

One industry seeing a big payoff from drone data is Agriculture. By identifying pests, disease, and fertilizer issues, growers can stomp out problems before they get out of hand. Learn how catching an aphid infestation before it spread helped one farmer prevent nearly $60,000 in lost revenue. Read the case study.

Construction

But agriculture isn’t the only industry saving money with drone insights. Construction companies are seeing results by leveraging drones throughout a project’s lifecycle. Generating drone imagery to assist project management, planning, and even design. By having an in-house drone program, Choate Construction saved $1,100 per month managing a project with UAVs, or $7,700 over the entire project. Read the case study.

Improving Site Safety and Managing Risk with Drone Imagery

Safety is always top of mind for our customers. In industries such as construction, roofing, and mining, it is not uncommon for workers to face serious injury — or even death — daily. Seeking better ways to gather data and inspect job sites, companies are increasingly turning to drones and mapping to improve overall safety for their workers.

Drones minimize the time spent inspecting dangerous areas such as roofs or construction sites, eliminating the need to put people at risk. Aerial maps also identify potential safety concerns and enable managers to contain environmental hazards before they become costly and dangerous.


Drones minimize the time spent inspecting dangerous areas such as roofs or construction sites, eliminating the need to put people at risk.

In a recent survey, 55% of DroneDeploy customers reported increased safety as a result of implementing drones. This continues to be a leading reason for introducing drone programs at companies of all sizes. Learn how drones are improving on-site safety here.

“For roofing inspections now, we can go out and fly the drones and get the quality imagery that we need. We’re really minimizing the time we’ve spent inspecting these roofs and putting personnel at risk.” — Blake Potts, Senior Virtual Design and Construction Specialist at Rogers-O’Brien Construction
Read the article

These are just a few of the ways that drones are helping companies operate more efficiently. Drone insights are changing the way business decisions are made every day.

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Have an ROI story you’d like to share? Contact our team to tell us more. We’d love to know how drones are helping you run a leaner operation.

Where to Learn More

Want to read more customer stories? Check out some of our other customer case studies:

  • Drone maps helped a major insurer identify the cause of a fire on a vacation resort, saving the company €99,985,000. Read the case study.
  • By using drone imagery, Bowles Farming Company was able to save $11-$15 an acre with targeted respraying — increasing the overall net profit of their cotton harvest. Read the case study.
  • Silicon Falcon Micro Aviation used DroneDeploy to help a farmer recoup an additional $110k in crop losses. Read the case study.
  • Drone mapping saved Green Belt €150,000 during the purchase of a private forestry. Read the case study.

Get Started with DroneDeploy

Want to learn how DroneDeploy can help your business? Visit www.dronedeploy.com to start your free trial or request a consultation with one of our team members. The DroneDeploy mobile application is available for free download for both iOS and Android devices.



The ROI of Commercial Drones was originally published in DroneDeploy’s Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.


Drone data helps construction project managers track progress, save time, and make better decisions on the job site

Recent data suggests that more than half of typical construction projects finish late and over budget*. With numbers like that, it’s no surprise that project managers on job sites of all sizes are adding drones to their toolkit.

Drone imagery is a game changer when it comes to managing day-to-day operations on a job site. Aerial insights improve progress tracking and help catch problems early — before they become costly or add weeks to your timeline. By spending less than an hour each week mapping your job site, you gain access to an unprecedented amount of knowledge about nearly every aspect of your project.

Here are five ways to keep your next project running on time and under budget using drones.


Create visual timelines of a project for easy reporting and progress tracking.

1. Track Weekly Progress and Generate Photo Reports

Weekly drone maps reduce the amount of time spent walking a site to monitor, track progress, and inspect for safety issues. It’s also easy to repeat flights each week for consistency and create a comprehensive visual record of a project. DroneDeploy’s newest feature — Progress Photos — saves time and creates a visual timeline of your job site in minutes. It’s the first tool that allows you to intuitively plan photo flights, automatically capture corner images, and generate a replicable progress report every week.


Overlay diagrams or CAD drawings onto drone maps to compare site conditions to plans.

2. Compare Site Conditions to Plans with Map Overlays

For more informed planning, overlay drone maps with site plans such as utility, wastewater, and equipment clearances. Compare real-time site conditions against plans. This helps catch deviations early and redirect them at minimal cost. For more advanced oversight and planning, export drone maps into BIM, GIS, and CAD software.

3. Communicate More Effectively and Share Information with your Team

Drones simplify communication and information sharing, both internally and externally. Aerial imagery keeps entire teams aligned and informed with up-to-date, easily digestible visual data. DroneDeploy is cloud-based, so it’s easy to share annotated maps between team members in real time from the field, or keep external stakeholders up-to-speed on the progress of a project through share links and interactive 3D models of a job site.


DroneDeploy makes it easy to annotate maps and share across teams in the cloud for easy access on site from a phone or tablet.

4. Bring the Job Site to the Office for Better Collaboration

Streamline collaboration and enhance the decision-making process by referencing changes on a real-time drone map. With Live Map, you can generate a map of your site in real time, so you’re working with up-to-date information. Now you can bring the job site to the office and easily reference current site issues during contractor meetings. This makes it easy to convey changes and distribute information, even across large teams.

“If I need a contractor to be aware of a design change before he lays pipe, I simply walk over to him with my tablet, blow up a particular section of overlaid plans and show him exactly what he needs to know. I have it all in a PDF, so I can pencil in the new route of the pipe right there in front of him and then send the information over to the engineers. This cuts out weeks of back and forth and boils it all down to less than an hour.” — Jesse Creech, VDC Coordinator at Brasfield & Gorrie


Create real-time Live Maps to track subcontractor progress each day.

5. Manage Subcontractors More Effectively

Reference Live Maps for daily quality assurance checks, before subcontractors even leave the site. Maintain accountability, preserve subcontractor relationships, and negotiate timely solutions that minimize project downtime.

“Live Map helps me end each day with confidence knowing where a project stands and what our subcontractors have completed so that we can provide the best product for our clients.” — Ryan Moret, Field Solutions Manager at McCarthy Building Companies

Where to Learn More

  • New to using drones for construction project management? Download our free introductory eBook to learn more.
  • Watch our recent webinar to hear how Chasco Constructors uses drones to track progress on 17 job sites in Texas.
  • See how Choate Construction leveraged drones to keep a 550,000 square-foot project on track and save $7,700 in the process.
  • Drones helped Key Construction save money, stay ahead of emerging issues, and salvage a subcontractor relationship on a $10 million project. Read the case study.

Get Started with DroneDeploy

With the Construction Accuracy package from DroneDeploy, you get powerful insights and industry integrations to manage your project’s workflow from a single, easy-to-use drone data platform. Contact us to learn more.

Want to learn how DroneDeploy can help your business? Visit www.dronedeploy.com to start your free trial or request a consultation with one of our team members. The DroneDeploy mobile application is available for free download for both iOS and Android devices.

*Data provided by Dodge Data & Analytics and McKinsey & Company



5 Ways to Keep Your Next Project on Time and Under Budget Using Drones was originally published in DroneDeploy’s Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.


Drone data helps construction project managers track progress, save time, and make better decisions on the job site

Recent data suggests that more than more than half of typical construction projects finish late and over budget*. With numbers like that, it’s no surprise that project managers on job sites of all sizes are adding drones to their toolkit.

Drone imagery is a game changer when it comes to managing day-to-day operations on a job site. Aerial insights improve progress tracking and help catch problems early — before they become costly or add weeks to your timeline. By spending less than an hour each week mapping your job site, you gain access to an unprecedented amount of knowledge about nearly every aspect of your project.

Here are five ways to keep your next project running on time and under budget using drones.


Create visual timelines of a project for easy reporting and progress tracking.

1. Track Weekly Progress and Generate Photo Reports

Weekly drone maps reduce the amount of time spent walking a site to monitor, track progress, and inspect for safety issues. It’s also easy to repeat flights each week for consistency and create a comprehensive visual record of a project. DroneDeploy’s newest feature — Progress Photos — saves time and creates a visual timeline of your job site in minutes. It’s the first tool that allows you to intuitively plan photo flights, automatically capture corner images, and generate a replicable progress reports every week.


Overlay diagrams or CAD drawings onto drone maps to compare site conditions to plans.

2. Compare Site Conditions to Plans with Map Overlays

For more informed planning, overlay drone maps with site plans such as utility, wastewater, and equipment clearances. Compare real-time site conditions against plans. This helps catch deviations early and redirect them at minimal cost. For more advanced oversight and planning, export drone maps into BIM, GIS, and CAD software.

3. Communicate More Effectively and Share Information with your Team

Drones simplify communication and information sharing, both internally and externally. Aerial imagery keeps entire teams aligned and informed with up-to-date, easily digestible visual data. DroneDeploy is cloud-based, so it’s easy to share annotated maps between team members in real time from the field, or keep external stakeholders up-to-speed on the progress of a project through share links and interactive 3D models of a job site.


DroneDeploy makes it easy to annotate maps and share across teams in the cloud for easy access on site from a phone or tablet.

4. Bring the Job Site to the Office for Better Collaboration

Streamline collaboration and enhance the decision-making process by referencing changes on a real-time drone map. With Live Map, you can generate a map of your site in real time, so you’re working with up-to-date information. Now you can bring the job site to the office and easily reference current site issues during contractor meetings. This makes it easy to share changes and distribute information efficiently, even across large teams.

“If I need a contractor to be aware of a design change before he lays pipe, I simply walk over to him with my tablet, blow up a particular section of overlaid plans and show him exactly what he needs to know. I have it all in a PDF, so I can pencil in the new route of the pipe right there in front of him and then send the information over to the engineers. This cuts out weeks of back and forth and boils it all down to less than an hour.” — Jesse Creech, VDC Coordinator at Brasfield & Gorrie


Create real-time Live Maps to track subcontractor progress each day.

5. Manage Subcontractors More Effectively

Reference Live Maps for daily quality assurance checks, before subcontractors even leave the site. Maintain accountability, preserve subcontractor relationships, and negotiate timely solutions that minimize project downtime.

“Live Map helps me end each day with confidence knowing where a project stands and what our subcontractors have completed so that we can provide the best product for our clients.” — Ryan Moret, Field Solutions Manager at McCarthy Building Companies

Where to Learn More

  • New to using drones for construction project management? Download our free introductory eBook to learn more.
  • Watch our recent webinar to hear how Chasco Constructors uses drones to track progress on 17 job sites in Texas.
  • See how Choate Construction leveraged drones to keep a 550,000 square-foot project on track and save $7,700 in the process.
  • Drones helped Key Construction save money, stay ahead of emerging issues, and salvage a subcontractor relationship on a $10 million project. Read the case study.

Get Started with DroneDeploy

With the Construction Accuracy package from DroneDeploy, you get powerful insights and industry integrations to manage your project’s workflow from a single, easy-to-use drone data platform. Contact us to learn more.

Want to learn how DroneDeploy can help your business? Visit www.dronedeploy.com to start your free trial or request a consultation with one of our team members. The DroneDeploy mobile application is available for free download for both iOS and Android devices.

*Data provided by Dodge Data & Analytics and McKinsey & Company



5 Ways to Keep Your Next Project on Time and Under Budget with Drones was originally published in DroneDeploy’s Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.


The partnership brings DroneDeploy’s best-in-class software solutions to the Japanese commercial technology market

The global market for commercial drones is estimated to exceed $13 Billion by 2020. The majority of this growth will come from mature technology markets including the US, Europe, and Asia. That’s why we’re excited to announce our latest partnership with Softbank C&S, Japan’s leading IT distribution company. This partnership brings DroneDeploy’s industry-leading software solutions to the Japanese commercial technology market.

“We’re excited to be working with SoftBank C&S in Japan. It provides us immediate global reach into one of the most mature enterprise drone markets,” — Scott Lumish, Vice President of Business Development at DroneDeploy

Paving the Way for Rapid International Expansion

This partnership is part of our rapid international expansion as we put DroneDeploy in the hands of any company seeking to harness the power of drone data. By adding DroneDeploy to their portfolio, SoftBank C&S is positioned to become the leading cloud-based drone systems provider in Japan. According to Forrester Research, Japanese companies will increase tech spending as much as 6% in 2018. Drones will play a role in this increased spending as large companies put UAVs to work.

An Experienced Partner to Take DroneDeploy to the Japanese Market

SoftBank C&S is one of largest IT distributors on the planet and has a successful track record of taking US software to the Japanese market. This makes them the ideal partner to introduce DroneDeploy to its enterprise customers.

Becoming the Universal Drone Operating System

As more Japanese businesses turn to drones for aerial insights, they’re looking to SoftBank C&S for software and hardware. Softbank has eight years of industry experience and now, enterprise-grade hardware and best-in-class solutions to scale drone operations. Combining the sales, distribution and marketing capabilities of SoftBank C&S with DroneDeploy’s Cloud Platform and App Market puts DroneDeploy in a position to become the universal drone operating system.

“We believe SoftBank C&S will help DroneDeploy dominate the aerial data space and become the operating system for all drones in Japan, and eventually the rest of world.” — Scott Lumish, Vice President of Business Development at DroneDeploy

Where to Learn More

  • Learn more about Softbank C&S by visiting its website.
  • Learn more about the growth of the global drone market in this report from Goldman Sachs.
  • Learn more about our growing international network of partners on our website.

Get Started with DroneDeploy

Visit www.dronedeploy.com to start your free trial or request a consultation with one of our team members. The DroneDeploy mobile application is available for free download for both iOS and Android devices.



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Introducing Progress Photos, Construction Accuracy Package, and Drone on Demand pilot partnership with Uplift Data Partners

Construction is the fastest growing industry adopter of drone technology — and now the top sector using DroneDeploy. Last year, we saw a 2.4X growth in construction customers on our platform, and there is no sign of a slowdown anytime soon.

Construction companies worldwide leverage drones to manage, measure, and communicate project progress. That’s why we’re excited to share our latest construction solution that helps builders put a drone program on every job site.

Progress Photos Streamline Site Documentation and Reporting

It’s never been easier to report job site progress to stakeholders, customers, and collaborators. DroneDeploy’s newest feature — Progress Photos — saves time and creates a visual timeline of your job site in minutes. It’s the first tool that allows you to intuitively plan photo flights, automatically capture corner images, and generate a progress report that can be replicated every week.

“Progress Photos from DroneDeploy opens a whole new environment to efficiently and effortlessly capture the deliverables our clients have been asking for.” — Grant Hagen, Beck Group


Progress Photos makes it easy to capture consistent photos of your job site every week.

Not only does this new feature simplify the data collection workflow, but it makes it possible to store all of your drone data (photos, maps, and 3D models) in a single, easy-to-share platform.

“Say goodbye to multiple apps and programs; now you can manage all your images within DroneDeploy.” — Jono Millin, Chief Product Officer at DroneDeploy

The new feature makes it easy to capture precise and consistent corner shots of your project over time — and export them into a digestible report to keep stakeholders and clients informed of a site’s progress. Just plan the photo mission, set your boundaries, and let the drone do its job.

“In the past, other tools have proven difficult when onboarding new pilots and supporting my team. Progress Photos makes adoption and reporting site progress easy across McCarthy’s entire team.” — Ryan Moret, McCarthy Building Companies

To learn more about the Progress Photo feature, register for our upcoming live webinar, or explore our website.

Drone on Demand Pilot Partnership with Uplift Data Partners

We just launched Drone On Demand, a simplified way for companies to collect aerial data with drones. The new solution lets customers plan a flight mission in the DroneDeploy platform, then request a certified professional pilot from Uplift Data Partners — the leading data capture pilot platform for enterprise construction businesses. An Uplift pilot will travel to the site, perform the mission, and collect the aerial data. Afterwards photos, maps, and 3D models appear in your account within 72 hours.

Introducing the Construction Accuracy Package

You asked, and we listened. Today, we’re thrilled to offer our new software package built for construction pros. With the Construction Accuracy package, you get powerful insights and industry integrations to manage your project’s workflow from a single, easy-to-use drone data platform. Construction Accuracy Package customers enjoy access to the same tools, capabilities, and support available to our “Business” plan — including Progress Photos — plus:

  • Up To 3 Seats — Streamline project management and communication with up to 3 users on a single DroneDeploy account
  • Unlimited GCP Maps — Improve the accuracy of your aerial maps with unlimited processing of ground control point (GCP) location data
  • Unlimited DTMs — Convert a digital surface model (DTM) into a digital terrain models (DTM) by removing buildings, walls, trees, and more

Contact us to hear more about the Construction Accuracy Package or make a purchase today.

Where to Learn More

  • To get a better understanding of how you can put drones to work to track and communicate site progress, register for our upcoming live webinar.
  • Interested in drones, but not sure where to start? Download our free eBook on using drones for Virtual Design & Construction.
  • Our enterprise drone mapping solution is allows construction companies of all sizes to scale their drone operations and gain access to valuable drone data faster than ever before. Read more about the features of the enterprise solution.
  • Our webinar series, Getting Started with Drones in Construction, is a must-watch for construction companies at all phases of drone adoption.

Get Started with DroneDeploy

Want to learn how DroneDeploy can help your business? Visit www.dronedeploy.com to start your free trial or request a consultation with one of our team members. The DroneDeploy mobile application is available for free download for both iOS and Android devices.



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DroneDeploy Partners with The Climate Corporation to Bring a Best-in-Class Aerial Imaging Platform to the Agriculture Industry

New software partnership enables thousands of Climate FieldView™ dealers nationwide to provide customers with on-demand drone data to drive down costs and improve crop yields

Aerial data is nothing new to the agriculture industry. Growers have been using satellite imagery for decades to get a better idea of what’s happening in their fields. But traditionally it has been difficult for growers to combine satellite and drone imagery in one place — making it challenging to manage and analyze crop data effectively.

Today, we’re excited to announce a new partnership with The Climate Corporation, which aims to bring a best-in-class imaging platform to our joint customers, and the Climate FieldView™ dealer network, so that they can perform high accuracy stand counts, identify crop issues, create and validate variable rate Rx’s, evaluate the efficacy of product trials with high precision, and quantify yield loss for insurance purposes.

A Single, Easy-to-Use Platform for Growers to Access and Manage Aerial Data

Together we are building a software integration — launching in June — that streamlines agriculture workflows within Climate’s FieldView platform. This integration makes it possible to merge all aerial data from drones, satellite, and manned aircraft onto a single platform and enable customers to access data captured using DroneDeploy platform within FieldView.

“We believe that this partnership with the Climate Corporation will provide retail partners with the tools they need to combine Climate FieldView satellite, as applied, and weather data with DroneDeploy drone data, thus enabling them to better serve their farmer customers.” — Nicolas Guerra-Mondragon, Business Development at DroneDeploy

Putting DroneDeploy in the Hands of a Nationwide Network of Distributors

In addition to the software integration, DroneDeploy will be working very closely with The Climate Corporation’s field team to train all interested dealers on the DroneDeploy platform. This enables the nationwide Climate FieldView™ dealer network to combine on-demand drone data with satellite imagery to enhance crop scouting and consulting services for their customers. This extension of business services helps growers and agronomists make more informed crop management decisions year round.

“FieldView Platform brings value to farmers, faster, by partnering with innovators across agriculture. This partnership will help our shared customers take advantage of DroneDeploy’s unique solutions in their day-to-day decision-making” — Vilas Rao, Vice President of Strategy at The Climate Corporation

Where to Learn More

  • You can read the full press announcement about the new partnership here.
  • Click here to learn more about the FieldView platform.
  • To learn more about the benefits of drone data in crop scouting, download our free eBook Crop Scouting with Drones
  • To learn more about DroneDeploy’s Agriculture solutions visit our website.

Get Started with DroneDeploy

Visit Dronedeploy.com/partners/fieldview to request a consultation with one of our team members. The DroneDeploy mobile application is available for free download for both iOS and Android devices.



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DroneDeploy partners with DroneBase to make drone data available to any company through an on-demand drone pilot solution

We are quickly moving towards a future where commercial drone operations are entirely automated. However, that future is not quite here. And until then, we are making it easier for companies of any size to gain access to valuable drone data on demand.

Today, we are launching Drone On Demand, a simplified way for companies to collect aerial data with drones. The new solution lets customers plan a flight mission in the DroneDeploy platform, then request a certified professional pilot from DroneBase — the largest global drone operations company — to travel to the site, perform the mission, and collect the aerial data. After planning a flight and requesting a pilot with the DroneBase app, photos, maps, and 3D models appear in your account within 72 hours.

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A Drone Solution for Everyone

With Drone On Demand, you get the value of drone data without having to face the complexity of launching and scaling in-house operations. It streamlines the drone data collection process — putting instant, high-resolution aerial data into the hands of any company.

“The future of drones is automation, but until drones can execute a planned flight without any human supervision, we need a simple solution that helps businesses of any size integrate drones into their workflows. We are proud to integrate with DroneBase to make accessing aerial insights much easier — democratizing data for small businesses and enterprises alike.” -Mike Winn, DroneDeploy CEO

Eliminating the Barriers to Entry

While drones are transforming industry workflows, many companies are not in a position to start an in-house drone program. But that does not mean you have to miss out on the benefits of drone data. With Drone On Demand, you no longer have to acquire the drone hardware, train employees, and buy insurance. Instead, you immediately gain value from the aerial data and get to take advantage of DroneDeploy’s built-in measurement tools and app market integrations.


Plan a flight. Push a button. And sit back and wait for high-quality drone data.

Consistent High-Quality Data from Pilots You Trust

With DroneBase you know you are getting high-quality data from trained, insured, and licensed pilots. You no longer have to worry about staying up to date with the best hardware or have knowledge of the proper flight authorizations. DroneBase pilots are an extension of your company and eliminate the risk of managing a team. The best part? You have pilots on standby around the country that are ready to take flight. You skip the growing pains of scaling your drone operations and benefit from consistent data that is captured across all of your job sites.

Where to Learn More

Get Started with DroneDeploy

Visit www.dronedeploy.com to start your free trial or request a consultation with one of our team members. The DroneDeploy mobile application is available for free download for both iOS and Android devices.



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