Learn how to use drone data to monitor progress in real time, improve communication, and make better decisions in our upcoming webinar

According to recent data from McKinsey, the average large construction project costs 80 percent more than budgeted and run 20 months behind schedule. While that may seem surprising to some, those who work in construction know that it’s easy for a project to fall behind.

There is almost no end to the amount of coordination you face on any given day. As a construction project manager, you are the hub of an ever-changing landscape. But staying up to date on the many moving parts of a project can be challenging — especially in an industry that primarily relies on paper-based processes.

That’s the topic of discussion in DroneDeploy’s upcoming webinar Managing Construction Projects with Drone Data, which is set to take place next week and features panelists from Procore and Key Construction.

Register for the upcoming webinar to learn how you can and read on to learn three ways you can put this technology to work on your next project:

Site Planning and Design

Drones shorten the time it takes to conduct site surveys, so you can place bids fast, and accelerate the planning and design process with highly accurate drone-generated maps and 3D models. You can even overlay drone maps with site plans such as utility, wastewater, and equipment clearances. For more advanced oversight and planning, export drone maps into BIM, GIS and CAD software.


Overlay CAD designs on Orthomosaic Drone Maps to improve the design process. Map and overlay provided by Brasfield and Gorrie General Contractors.

Progress Tracking and Reporting

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. Your team can also leverage built-in analyses tools to generate progress reports for internal and external stakeholders, or compare real-time site conditions against plans — so you can catch deviations before they add weeks to your timeline. Each map can be exported to your Procore project album, so your entire team can be kept up-to-date on any changes to the job site.


Export orthomosaic drone maps from DroneDeploy into your Procore Project Album with the Procore Export app available on DroneDeploy’s App Market.

Real-Time Communication and Collaboration

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. By communicating in real time, with the latest information from the job site, you can shave days — or even weeks — off your timeline, and avoid added costs associated with paper-based documentation and communication.


Leverage DroneDeploy’s built in measurement and annotation tools to calculate stockpile volumes, markup drone maps with notes and photos, and communicate in real-time with your team. Map provided by Brasfield and Gorrie General Contractors.

To learn more about integrating drone data into your project management workflow, tune into to the upcoming webinar Managing Construction Projects with Drone Data.

Attendees can expect to get an in-depth look at how they can capture aerial data, generate high-resolution photos, maps, and 3D models with DroneDeploy, and sync data to their Procore project album for streamlined communication and project management. They will also learn how Key Construction has implemented drones on their job sites.

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.



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

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