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Drones in Construction: Beyond Pictures—Capturing and Exploring Actionable Data
Hunter Cole
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, Jesse Creech
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Description

This lecture will begin with a regulatory overview of that which is required to operate drones commercially in the United States, and a history of B&G’s path to compliant operations on our projects. A simple introduction to types of hardware, outputs, and basic photogrammetry will follow, with lessons learned on what’s necessary to begin mapping and acquiring accurate 3D models. We will share our best practices for planning safe automated-flight missions to acquire 3D meshes and point clouds, and highlight these outputs using real-world examples. Furthermore, we will showcase what is possible when data acquired by drones is integrated deeply into existing Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, by overlaying point clouds in Autodesk, Inc., software such as Revit software and Navisworks software for use in conceptual modeling, site coordination, and quality-control checks. Finally, we will demonstrate how to share this data easily with entire project teams to provide actionable data for collaboration across locations. This session features Navisworks Manage, ReCap 360, and Revit. AIA Approved

Key Learnings

  • Learn how to help your organization develop a compliant strategy to begin operating drones commercially
  • Become familiar with the various outputs possible via drones beyond aerial photography
  • Learn how to plan a safe and automated flight mission resulting in an accurate 3D map and model
  • Learn how to incorporate 3D drone data into existing BIM workflows and software to enhance construction

Speakers

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Hunter Cole joined the Virtual Design and Construction Team at Brasfield & Gorrie (B&G) in 2015 with experience in virtual design and assessment in automotive design and manufacturing. Cole brings his experience from a major automaker to B&G. While there, he led early collaboration between Design and Manufacturing Teams to assess constructability and reduce defects and rework. He is passionate about applying lean concepts, precision measurement, laser scanning, and rapid prototyping. While working in an industry that has fully adopted a 3D model-based workflow, he understood virtual design’s potential to change construction. Cole works directly with project teams to assist the project’s delivery through the design and construction process, and he is responsible for the planning and execution of Building Information Modeling (BIM) deliverables. Cole aims to add value to B&G’s projects by providing accurate and relevant information to the project teams throughout the lifecycle of construction.
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Jesse Creech graduated from Auburn University in 2011 with an undergraduate degree in Building Science. Creech has worked in the construction industry for 7 years and joined Brasfield & Gorrie in 2014. His time on jobsites gives him a unique perspective of what is feasible when applying 3D models and emerging technologies to existing construction processes. As a Senior VDC Coordinator, he oversees several MEP coordination projects, preconstruction efforts, marketing pursuits, among other things.
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