Every morning, the PCL Construction team that’s building the 11-acre, 516-room JW Marriott Bonnet Creek hotel in Orlando, Florida, starts with the same routine: reviewing a high-resolution map of the site (captured by one of the firm’s daily drone flights) to effectively plan and coordinate the day’s work. A couple of years ago, using up-to-date drone maps for daily site and logistics planning was unheard of. Now, PCL project teams can’t live without them. This use case is part of a larger trend: drone data, once confined to the VDC team, has become a “must have” resource for entire project teams, owners, and more. In fact, on this JW Marriott project alone, there are more than 50 stakeholders regularly viewing their drone maps and models. In this session, PCL’s JW Marriott project team—Matthew Dodge, project manager; and Kevin Johnson, construction modeling specialist—will share the impact that drone data has had on this project and how other contractors can do the same.
- Understand best practices for getting started with drone maps for site and logistics planning
- Understand the ways that drone data can help solve daily challenges on the jobsite
- Discover best practices for sharing access to drone maps and models in a secure scalable way
- Understand how drone data can be used by entire project teams, not just by VDC/BIM teams
I have spent the last 4 years working for PCL Construction. Before that, my bachelors in Architecture allowed me to to advance my career from operating rides at a small amusement park (age 16) to implementing virtual design and Construction (VD+C) on a 1 million sq foot indoor amusement park and water park (age 24). I have recently relocated from NJ to FL and spent the 7 months coordinating a JW Marriott Hotel at Bonnet Creek. During this time I have learned about flying drones and have recently obtained my commercial certificate as a remote pilot.