Regulations to Know Before Starting a Construction Drone Program
Switching from traditional base-and-rover surveying to drone surveying is one of the most effective ways to upgrade your construction workflow, setting you and your team up to make better, data-driven decisions.
Drones are more efficient, shaving days or weeks off typical surveying time. Since today’s drones are cheaper and simpler to use than traditional surveying equipment, you’ll be able to capture onsite data more effectively without exorbitantly expensive surveying equipment. Drone imaging allows you to collect and analyze data whenever you need, and with the right processing software and ground control, you can achieve survey-grade accuracy throughout your site.
One of the biggest perceived obstacles to starting a drone program is airspace and flight regulations. These regulations are actually easy to follow, and by understanding a few key laws and processes, you’ll be collecting survey-grade data with drones in no time! To that end, this article will cover the following:
- What makes something a drone?
- Registering your drone
- Getting licensed to fly
- Licensing resources (study guides, where to take the test)
- Understanding where you can fly
- Airspace restrictions
- Special waivers
Commercial drone regulations
A drone is a type of aircraft, albeit a tiny one. All unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) are regulated by a country’s aviation authority, and rules around how, when, and if you can fly differ by country.
Each country and region has different UAV rules and regulations, with Australia and the EU introducing new regulations in 2021. For locations in the Asia Pacific region, refer to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s guidelines.