The Financial Impact of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on Construction Project Management

  • Dominic Aello Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • Miguel Garcia Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • Shahab Moeini* Southern Alberta Institute of Technology


Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems represent an emerging disruptive technology that has gained attention from progressive construction companies. UAV systems as a data acquisition platform and measurement instrument are becoming attractive for many Construction Project Management (CPM) applications. The application of UAV systems for project layout, progress reporting, building inspection and health and safety control has made this technology a critical tool for advancing Building Information Modeling (BIM) in construction projects.

Despite the potential to reduce costs while maintaining or improving quality, there is currently resistance toward the integration of the UAV systems as a CPM tool into traditionally managed construction projects.

This paper will focus on quantitative and qualitative analysis of collected data regarding the performance evaluation and financial impact of UAV systems on construction projects as an advanced CPM tool.

* Indicates faculty mentor

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