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Day of the drone

Drone technology offers intriguing possibilities for site management.

An impossible task

Sometimes project managers must feel they are fighting a losing battle in finishing daily tasks from being on site, answering emails and writing progress reports. With site inspections a major consumer of time, it’s no wonder that some project managers are looking at how to use drone technology to conduct reporting.

A ‘mini Vegas’

The building of Manila Bay Resort, an expansive entertainment complex, is one such example. The international luxury hotel and casino resort comprises two upmarket hotels, a casino, restaurants, shops, major water features and an indoor pool with a man-made beach under a vast glass dome. Covering a reported 44 hectares, drone technology has been used by project managers to deal with the project’s sheer scale.

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The expansive site of Manila Bay Resort

Drone decision

Seeing the potential in this new technology, Savills have trialled the use of drones for site reporting at the Manila Bay Resort. While traditional inspections have continued on a regular basis, drones provide additional capabilities not previously possible due to staff, cost and time constraints (or simply to go where most people can’t). This increases productivity levels and offers cost savings for the client. 

Coming of age

Drones are no longer prohibitively expensive and the technology has proven to be cost effective and offers high quality video for inspection for a relatively low spend. With demonstrative improvements in workplace efficiency, Savills will continue pioneering the use of this technology, with both residential and investment teams using it for projects with large plot sizes.

Enhancing traditional resources

“While nothing can replace regular inspections and personally walking a site with drone technology, we have significantly improved the efficiency of broad scale inspections,” says Anthony James, Project Director for Savills, who is leading the Manila Bay Resort project. Indeed, drone use has its pros and cons, but for now it looks like a useful tool to enhance traditional project management.

Enhancing traditional resources

“While nothing can replace regular inspections and personally walking a site with drone technology, we have significantly improved the efficiency of broad scale inspections,” says Anthony James, Project Director for Savills, who is leading the Manila Bay Resort project. Indeed, drone use has its pros and cons, but for now it looks like a useful tool to enhance traditional project management.

“... we have significantly improved the efficiency of broad scale inspections.” 

- Anthony James

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