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UAV Technology Takes Off for Construction Projects

On Friday, Oct. 18, the 3D Robotics team met up with our friends and partners from DPR and Skycatch at the Berkeley Marina to test-fly an innovative new application based on our UAV platforms and technology. 3DR is currently working with DPR, one of Silicon Valley’s leading sustainable construction companies, to help with some exciting new projects.

Ordinarily, DPR hires piloted helicopters to capture detailed imaging of their construction sites. But DPR’s Scott Widmann, senior building information modeling engineer (pictured on right below), had a better idea. He and his colleagues, including Daniel Gonzales, LEED AP director (pictured on left below), worked with DPR’s Innovations Committee to fund the purchase of two of 3DR’s new IRIS drones to help with 3D mapping and site inspections. With a little training, DPR will be ready to fly their drones on as-needed basis. Not only will this significantly reduce cost, but it will capture higher-resolution images and reduce their scheduling dependency on outside vendors.

“We’re really excited to partner with DPR to develop innovative UAV use cases for large- scale construction projects,” said Pablo Lema, director of channel sales. “We see significant opportunities to adapt our platform to deliver real-time monitoring, data gathering and aerial mapping capabilities to some of the most intricate building operations in the world.”

Stay tuned for updates on DPR’s progress.

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