Roberto Lopez, project manager for Lyons Painting & Design, uses the EJIMaverickPro drone to capture images of production and before and after shots of clients’ homes.
Drones are slowly taking off in the painting industry, but painters may just be scratching the tip of the iceberg when it comes to getting the full usefulness from this tool. In an informal APC Magazine Facebook poll that asked if painters used drones to survey/capture a jobsite, 9% of survey respondents reported they are putting drones to work in this way.
It’s a trend sweeping the construction industry at large; construction has become the fastest growing commercial adopter of drones, according to data from DroneDeploy.
Roberto Lopez, project manager for Lyons Painting & Design, started making use of a EJIMaverickPro drone on jobsites this past summer. “I played with it at home before I brought it to work and made sure I could handle it,” Lopez shares.
Lopez admits he’s still getting the hang of building drone time into his schedule—not to mention the operational learning curve—but his goal has been to get these photos into the client’s hand at closeout. Those pictures are also working their way to the company website and Facebook page to serve as unique marketing collateral to entice future clients.
“Right now we’re doing live action pictures, and after we complete the project I’ll usually show up and take some pictures,” Lopez explains. “We like to get out there while the guys are still in action to catch them on ladders or on boom lifts prepping. We’ll do an action shot while we’re doing production and a close-out shot.”
DroneDeploy notes that tracking job progress is one of the leading uses of drones throughout the construction industry. Aerial images captured by drones can be an asset when communicating to a client about special challenges or in showing the full scope of a project.
But this is just the beginning. As technology becomes more sophisticated, other potential uses for drones may include:
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