Drones to monitor Abu Dhabi construction sites

Should the trial succeed, the municipality will “widen the scope and use of this technology to all projects"

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Safety standards at construction sites in Abu Dhabi are being surveyed by drones as part of a trial launched by the municipality.

The drones are fitted with cameras that feedback footage to engineers who monitor progression of work and ensure safety and quality standards are met.

“The aim of this step is to ensure that works undertaken are compatible with the applicable standards as well as the licensing conditions set by the Municipality,” said Mohammed Basaleeb, director of building permits at the municipality.

He said employing drones at construction sites enables engineers and staffs to monitor work flow.


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“They can have live and integrated panoramic images for all construction phases,” Mr Basaleeb said.

“They can co-ordinate with the site contractor the operation of the drone whenever needed and enable the examination, viewing and inspection of all details of project components.

“It also gives full description of the current situation and document each project phase in live video clips. This will definitely reflect positively on the construction level and project quality,” he said.

The efficacy of the drones will be assessed upon completion of the trial phase. Should the trial succeed, the municipality said it will “widen the scope and use of this technology to all projects.”