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Can drones build your house? - A research on heavy lifting drone applications in the construction industry

Picuș, Corina (2021) Can drones build your house? - A research on heavy lifting drone applications in the construction industry.

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Abstract:Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones, nurture the curiosity of more and more people, as their usability is enhancing the operations in every domain. The technology is already used in the construction industry for various applications, but are drones ready to lift and carry materials from one place of the construction site to another? And how prepared is the construction industry to implement heavy lifting drones in their processes? In this research, the readiness level of heavy lifting drones in construction industry operations is determined from five different perspectives: technical, business, social, ethical, and legal. A literature review about the current state of material lifting drones is presented as a starting point of this research. Next, the UAV readiness Quick Scan tool developed by Space53 is used to better analyze the five dimensions. The results are further discussed and interpreted together with an expert in aerial vehicles technology with additional knowledge of the construction field too. It is observed that construction companies are willing to use heavy lifting drones for their projects, but the readiness level of the drone itself needs improvements in all five domains. To attain a higher preparedness level, technical progress must be done first, because it will trigger the development of the other dimensions as well. This paper emphasizes the importance of the connection between technical, business, social, ethical and legal aspects when transforming a novel concept from prototype to a market-ready product.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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