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Introduction to Drones in the Construction Industry

Beyond the battlefield, drones can be agents of good. They can provide construction professionals with an elevated perspective of projects not available until recently. Learn more about this perspective in our introduction to drones course.  

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Course Duration:
60 minutes
Wed 16 Jan 2019
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
1 hour formal CPD


Course Overview

With the increasing acceptance of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or drones for commercial applications, will these devices become commonplace in construction sites like surveying tools or tablets are? In this session, participants will learn about practical uses of drones and how to implement the technology within the current regulatory environment. Presently, there are many unanswered questions about the safety, usability, feasibility, privacy and other issues associated with drones on jobsites. These and other issues will be discussed and the outcome of this session will enable participants to assess integration of this technology in their projects.

Who Should Attend

Practitioners in the areas of project planning and execution, safety management, project owners with interest in the applications of drones on construction jobsites.

Why Attend?

Participants will gain an understanding of how drones can benefit jobsite operations and will be in a position to develop strategies for their integration on their projects.


This class will be delivered using PowerPoint slides with discussions and activities integrated throughout to embed your learning. The class will end with an open Q&A session with your instructor.

About this course

Learning Objectives

By the end of this web class, you will be able to:

  • Describe what constitutes an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and its components
  • Identify the various types of UAS
  • Evaluate applicability of UAS to project activities considering benefits and limitations
  • Describe various applications of UAS on construction projects
  • Make decisions regarding the application of UAS to your projects

Course Content

In this web class, we will cover:

  • Introduction to Drones or Unmanned Aerial Systems and Vehicles
  • Various capabilities of commercially available UAS/UAVs
  • How to select an appropriate UAS/UAV for your project
  • Learning to operate UAS/UAVs
  • Various applications in construction projects
  • Examples of current legal framework for commercial use (USA as example)
  • Potential issues with use of the technology


Javier Irizarry, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor

Director, CONECTech Lab @ Georgia Tech

Dr. Javier Irizarry, P.E. is an associate professor in the School of Building Construction at Georgia Tech. He is the director of the CONECTech Lab which mission is to establish the framework for developing next generation technology enhanced solutions to construction environment problems by incorporating the cognitive processes of the human component of construction operations. Dr. Irizarry’s research interests include construction safety, HCI issues in mobile applications for AEC information access, Situation Awareness driven information system design, interactive visualization systems for AEC education, role-based decision support systems, and Unmanned Aerial Systems applications in AEC. Dr. Irizarry is an FAA Certified Remote Pilot and a consultant to the construction industry in the applications of drones in construction environments.


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