The drone at the service of the architects

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The new possibilities that the drone brings are multiple. Many business sectors are increasingly trusting the drone and benefit from the technological contributions of the latter in their respective fields of activity. A particular sector benefits from it for a few years, it is the one of the architecture.

Shooting, work inspection, thermography, the missions entrusted to the drone are varied. Architects particularly appreciate the drone, for the openings it brings to the craft. Interview of Julien Rivat by Batiactu.


What uses of the drone in architecture?

In the vast majority of cases, perhaps 75%, these are shots for projects completed or to be rehabilitated. For delivered projects, this can be used as a communication tool for town halls, while for renovation projects, it can be used to check the top of an inaccessible roof, for example. It's a kind of "super large scale".

In the competition phase, the drone makes it possible to realize global perspectives for the landscape insertion, because it is more precise than Google Earth.

Another mission may be to carry out compliance checks when receiving work.

On a construction site, for example, this may allow verification of the number of anchor hooks installed by the roofing company.

More marginally, the video-inspection for a structural diagnosis. Here again, the drone makes it possible to do without the intervention of a cordist who would take more time. It offers live video feedback and our engineers can point to any detail of the book. It is therefore more interactive.

Finally, the last use is thermography, which makes it possible to verify the correct implementation of roof insulation. It can usually be done from the ground but the drone is useful for successful projects of a certain magnitude.

New possibilities for new trends

We can reasonably believe that these new opportunities for real estate viewing will affect architectural trends. Architects and homeowners will be able to examine what the property will look like from all angles, including the shape and structure of the roof of the house.

The drone could also revolutionize the way inspections and maintenance of buildings are conducted. Flying devices are able to detect and locate structural problems faster and more accurately than the human eye and they may even be able to solve them.

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Architecture and the drone to look to the future

We will first train our graphic designers in video editing. Drone-BIM interactions (since we have been using the Allplan software for a long time) could also be considered, especially for topographic surveys or photogrammetry. We do not use this feature yet, because we have not had the opportunity. On the other hand, we use a Leica 3D Laser Acquisition Station that produces point clouds in color and infrared. The next step could be to cross this technology with a drone that could produce millimetric precision readings, much finer than photogrammetry, accurate to centimeter. But then it would be necessary to consider a heavier flying machine.

The drone a differentiating tool

It is a differentiating tool compared to other firms. Spring and summer, for a little aesthetic shots, the light is more beautiful and the panorama more green. But in winter, leafless trees facilitate technical shooting. The only limits ultimately are wind and rain, which can prevent us from flying. This is why when you file a flight plan in the prefecture, a week before, we block a slot of 3-4 days, to be sure to have a window of good weather. Anyway, we will not backtrack: now can not pass drones.


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