Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG-SEP 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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17 unmanned systems inside August/September 2017 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. "There're a couple of different reasons for that," said Dan Kara, the research director for robotics for ABI Research. First, Kara said, there is a quicker payoff for using unmanned aircraft in the construction industry. For example, he said, you typically show the investors how things are coming along by walking people through the construction site every few weeks. "That's a tiresome process. It's expensive to do and it's difficult to see some of the things that are happening," he said. "Drones make that very easy to do." Data from drones is also being used in 3-D modeling software packages that are tailored to the construction industry. "You can not only monitor the pace of construction, you can see how things are happening," Kara said. World Civil UAS Production Forecast 0 1 2 $0 3 $2,000 4 $4,000 5 $6,000 6 $8,000 7 $10,000 8 $12,000 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 Units Value Units (Air Vehicles, Millions) Value ($ Millions) Annual Global Market for Civilian Drones BY THE NUMBERS $2.8 billion Rest of the World billion $11.8 ¢ 15.5% annual growth 2017 2026 Source: The Teal Group U.S. Europe Rest of World World Civil UAS Production Value Forecast by Region $0 $2,000 $4,000 $6,000 $8,000 $10,000 $12,000 $ Millions 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 That kind of oversight is crucial, for exam- ple, when it comes to moving materiel around a large site. "Certain things have to occur at precise times—otherwise, for example, roads get blocked up or you can't move debris away that you want to do. Drones allow you to do that very, very effectively and see the whole site at one time." If you make a mistake, he said, and put a pile of gravel in the wrong place it sets back construction and sends costs up. "There's dollar values that are tied into this immediately." Reality Check Companies are adapting, Finnegan said, as they deal with the crucible of the marketplace. " THE TEN LARGEST WORLDWIDE CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES ARE ALL EITHER WORKING TO INTEGRATE OR ARE STUDYING THE INTEGRATION OF UAS IN THEIR OPERATIONS." World Civil Unmanned Aerial Systems Market Profi le & Forecast, the Teal Group. 1,235.1 746.7 862.5 4,268.0 2017 Annual Market Value (millions) 2026 Annual Market Value (millions) 3,445.0 4,066.5

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