Abu Dhabi deploys drones to inspect construction sites

Abu Dhabi City Municipality launches trial phase of inspections, says planning to widen use for other services
Abu Dhabi deploys drones to inspect construction sites
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By Sam Bridge
Fri 17 Aug 2018 12:01 AM

Abu Dhabi City Municipality has launched a trial phase of using drones in engineering inspection of the construction sites in the emirate.

The step aims to capitalise on modern technology in various service operations and making further improvements, said Saif Bader Al Qubaisi, general manager of the Municipality.

The drones are fitted with cameras so construction projects can be inspected remotely.

Engineer Mohammed Omar Basaleeb, director of building permits, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, said: “The aim of this step is to ensure that works undertaken are compatible with the applicable standards as well as the licensing conditions set by the Municipality.

“The use of this innovative technology in the remote monitoring and inspecting construction sites enables engineers and staffs to continuously monitor all developments at construction sites. They can have live and integrated panoramic images for all construction phases."

He said the use of drones will shorten the time taken by engineers to carry out inspections.

“Following the completion of the trial run, the Municipality is keen to widen the scope and use of this technology to all projects within the domain of the Municipality," he added.

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