How to Start a Drone Program in Your Land Surveying Business

Posted by Logan Katz on May 20, '20

Drones are becoming more and more popular in the construction, land surveying and mapping industries. Whether you are considering buying a drone to bring into your company or have a drone already but are struggling to get program off the ground, we have put together some tips that will make the transition towards a drone-first program as easy as possible. 

Introduce drones to your staff and team leads

After acquiring your first drone, you are going to want to introduce the technology to your staff and team leads so they can be aware of how they might now be able to implement this new tool. This will give your team leads agency and allows them to choose their path towards a transition to using drones in their daily tasks.

Consider establishing a dedicated drone department

When you get your first drones, you may find not many people in your company actually know how to use them. In this case, it might be worthwhile to start a new department that is dedicated to the usage of drones and their maintenance. While a drone department is helpful, this can be an optional step if your team already has enough experience with drones.

 

Hold training sessions for the use of your drones

As with any other piece of equipment, practice makes perfect. Drones are no different. For optimal results, you want to aim flying and training on your drone on a weekly basis, so that your team gets the necessary skills and can later apply for licenses and certifications.  It's also important to make sure your team is familiarized with your specific make and model, as well as it's technical capabilities. 

 

Encourage your staff to utilize the drones for their next project

While you shouldn’t force your staff to use drones for their next project, you can encourage them to try it out in future projects. Perhaps someone will even find a new and innovative application that has not been thought of by another team member.

 

Provide support for your staff on the new drones

After integration, you will want to make sure there is plenty of support for your staff and the drones they will be working with. While this might be handled specifically by a drone department, it might be best to have dedicated staff that handles technical support and troubleshooting for both hardware and software.

Implementing drones in your business can seem like a daunting task, but having a solid plan of action before you make significant investments in drones and drone software is the best course of action. 

AirWorks' AI-powered software provides a fast and convenient way for firms in the built world to convert their aerial data collected with drones into CAD drawings. 

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