With almost 20 per cent of firms having used drones, the construction sector is one of the top five industry’s leading the way in the technology, new research has revealed.
According to a study of 3,045 UK adults by e-tailer DronesDirect.co.uk, 586,430 Britons have used drones for commercial purposes.
UK Drone Usage Report 2016 found that drones, or flying robots, are helping UK business’ profits soar, and with 17 per cent of construction firms having used the technology, the industry is behind only media, facilities management, oil and utilities and agricultural, when it comes to adopting the technology.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being put to work in an increasing number of commercial situations, such as filming, surveying landscapes, and product delivery with the construction industry utilizing drones to scope out work and monitor projects.
The report reveals the media industry (63 per cent) is leading the uptake of their use – most commonly using them for taking aerial photography or videography.
Facilities management firms (39 per cent) ranked in second place for commercial drone usage, with Mitie having recently unveiled plans to use drones for accessing problems such as pest control in high rise buildings.
In third place was oil and utilities companies (34 per cent) with firms such as BP and Shell currently using UAVs to inspect off-shore oil rigs and pipelines.
The agricultural industry (18 per cent) has also been quick to incorporate the remote flying technology into their processes, including assessing crop growth, and distributing pesticides and fertilisers.
Tim Morley, category manager at DronesDirect.co.uk, said: “It’s great to see construction businesses incorporating drones into their day-to-day practices to make processes simpler and more efficient.
“The recent change in CAA regulations shows they are open to working with businesses to identify how best these exciting technologies can be applied, encouraging drone usage within a commercial environment, to bring an array of new benefits to consumers and businesses. We anticipate even more businesses using drones following the recent change in rules from the CAA.
“Drones are already being used around the world for deliveries of consumer products, providing humanitarian aid, and security – with support from the CAA, Britain can be at the forefront of the development for business and industry. continued aerial technology development.”