International Congress of Engineering and Natural Sciences (ICENSS), Ankara, Turkey, 7 - 09 May 2021, pp.1-6
Drones are an emerging technology with many potential applications in the civil engineering field spanning planning, design, construction, as well as maintenance phases for both horizontal and vertical construction projects. The goal of this study was to assess the state of drone use in the construction industry by surveying data from industry. The study also aimed to identify factors that are correlated with drone use across multiple countries, and to pinpoint specific characteristics that result in some countries adopting drones more or earlier. Ultimately, the study aims to assess the state of the Turkish construction industry in terms of drones’ adoption and compare to its peers. A clear effect of economic parameters of a country on construction drone usage was lacking. The number of companies operating in the construction industry of a country was not related to the prevalence of drone usage either. The positive correlations found are the existence of a general market for drones in the country as an established industry is easier to sprawl to other related industries, and countries that focus on infrastructure and maintenance seem to be benefiting the most from drones. Turkey fits well into the category of countries where drones in construction can be employed. With growing emphasis placed on large infrastructure projects and components, it is expected for the construction industry to be more inclusive of this technology in the future.