Drones are set to significantly boost productivity in the UK construction industry over the next decade, according to a new report.

Skies without limits, a report by accountancy firm PwC, says the use of drone technology across the construction and manufacturing industries could generate an £8.6bn boost to the UK’s GDP by 2030. The report predicts there could be more than 76,000 drones flying through British skies in 12 years, with 4,800 of them operated within construction and manufacturing.

Drones offer a cheap and efficient way of mapping sites, tracking construction progress, checking structures for signs of wear and tear, as well as monitoring how closely building works are matching the initial design. The 3D data they collect can also be shared via the cloud with stakeholders across the globe and integrated with building information modelling (BIM) systems.

“The use of drones allows a wealth of construction site activity to be recorded quickly and effectively,” said Mark Kozo, Head of Marketing at Portman Asset Finance. “As more construction sites get used to operating and relying on this kind of emerging technology, the faster they will be able to evaluate information and make top-level decisions that can grow their businesses.

“It seems like a no-brainer to us that those construction companies who invest in drone technology now will get ahead of the curve.”

One such business realising the full potential of this technology is Heliguy, a UK dealer that provides drone equipment, support and training to a wide range of commercial operators and industry clients such as sports teams, police and fire services, media production companies and universities.

“The drone industry is expanding fast and is only going to get bigger as organisations across many sectors realise the benefits of faster productivity and utilising the data that drones collect,” added Mark. “The investment doesn’t have to require any upfront cost either, as the equipment can be paid for via a flexible lease finance agreement.”

To find out more about accessing affordable finance that can enable your construction company to invest in drone technology, speak to one of our dedicated Account Managers on 01604 321 995. Details of our products for construction businesses are available here.

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