Drone technologies can be used at almost every stage in the transport infrastructure sector, starting from construction and investment monitoring, through maintenance, up to asset inventory.

For example, in one construction project supervised by Drone Powered Solutions, the investor had savings of approximately $2.94 mln in claims settlement litigation thanks to unparalleled evidence.

Other applications range from the detection and prevention of trespassing, to placement of trench protection to enhancing site safety. For instance, the PwC Drone Powered Solutions team has calculated that the number of life threating accidents on an average construction site monitored by drones has been decreased by up to 91%.

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Transportation infrastructure capital investments by region [$ bn]

Drones and the data they provide are a game changer over the entire lifecycle of a transport infrastructure investment. Provision of real-time, accurate and comparable 3D modelling data is crucial during the pre-construction, construction and operational phases of an investment project, and all of this data can be acquired by intelligent and cost-effective drone powered solutions.

According to the PwC study Clarity from above: transport infrastructure, the pace of adoption of drone powered solutions in the road and railway sectors will be driven by three main factors:

• financial and legal support,
• enhancing data processing & accessibility, and
• rapid technological development.

There are also important challenges that will have to be addressed in the nearest future, including aviation risk and privacy considerations. The PwC report estimates that investments in transport infrastructure will bring global growth in capital expenditures of 4.5% annually between now and 2020.

Download the report here (registration required): http://www.pwc.pl/pl/forms/report/clarity-from-above-transport-infrastructure.html.

Source: http://www.pwc.pl/en/publikacje/2016/clarity-from-above-transport-infrastructure.html