It has been clear for some time that drone use in the construction industry is a big talking point and an area of significant potential growth. It has now been estimated that drones (and their associated technology) could lead to savings in the industry in the region of £3.5bn over the next 12 years.
In fact, reports suggest that the productivity savings will be significant, and on top of that over half a million job roles will be created in the next decade for those working with drones.
However, caution is required. There is a private members bill before parliament at the moment regarding progressive drone regulation, which is likely to have a second reading early next year. It is certainly possible that we see more stringent rules governing drone use, which is likely to include flight licences and insurance requirements. Watch this space.
The UK has the opportunity to be at the leading edge of exploiting this emerging technology, and now is the time for investments to be made in developing the use cases and trial projects needed to kickstart our drone industry