Drones are here to stay and to help (2018) 29 8 Cons.Law 21 [Archived]
Drones are here to stay and to help (2018) 29 8 Cons.Law 21 [Archived]

The following Construction guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Drones are here to stay and to help (2018) 29 8 Cons.Law 21 [Archived]
  • What is a drone?
  • Regulation
  • Benefits
  • Key considerations
  • Realising the potential

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This article appears as originally published in Construction Law on 1 October 2018.

Drones have the potential to deliver massive cost savings to construction, but their use has not been without controversy. Shona McCusker of CMS looks at the legal implications surrounding their use and warns of tightening regulation.

Key Points

  1. Drones are being widely used in the construction industry

  2. Drone use can improve efficiency, save costs and ensure health and safety

  3. Regulation of drone use is in place and looks set to tighten

  4. As the full potential of drones continues to be realised, there are indications that the cost benefit to the construction industry will be in the £billions

In recent years, the use of drones in the construction industry has taken off (sorry!). It is hard to miss fascinating time-lapse videos documenting projects from breaking ground to practical completion. But drones have more to offer the construction industry than attractive marketing prospects. Many construction firms have unlocked the potential of drones using them for tasks such as thermal imaging recording, progress reporting and maintenance inspections. Construction firms are reaping the economic benefits of drone use.

This article considers the potential of drone use in the construction industry including regulation, opportunities and key considerations.

What is a drone?

But first things first,