Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) – or more commonly known as drones – are improving the way we document progress and perform inspections in the construction industry. As the drone community expands, opportunities to improve project oversight, inspections, and ultimately protecting transportation owners’ best interests are becoming more and more abundant.
With a typical roadway project including half a dozen different disciplines, trying to decipher a set of plans can be overwhelming, even for an engineer.
Up until recently, roadway plans have been a sea of information to sift through. Content is crammed into various views across several disciplines that make it challenging to ensure all of the puzzle pieces fit together properly.
There’s a big difference between looking at a picture and being in a picture.
It was the first meeting at the project site. Hesitation quickly turned to panic after discovering major errors in the plans. These mistakes were going to cost millions and put safety at risk.
Everyone stood in shock. Only the project manager was smiling.
“It’s a good thing we’re looking at a game-engine simulation. Otherwise, this would have been disastrous for the project,” he said.
One thing instantly became clear to everyone who took part in the simulation: the game engine is no longer just for entertainment. It is a technology that offers tremendous value to the AEC industry. With scenarios like this becoming commonplace, game engines are finding their way out of video-game production studios and into the hands of architects, engineers and contractors.