The use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the design and construction industry is literally taking off. Here’s what owners, developers and construction professionals need to know…
Some drones can collect highly accurate topographic imagery and point clouds. But the conversion of that data into a file type that can be imported into another software platform, such as AutoCAD or a BIM platform, for design or analysis may be a tedious, multi-step conversion that could introduce user errors.
What party in the collection, design, and construction process takes responsibility for those incompatibilities?
Do your contracts spell out these liabilities and assign risk?
If you hired a third-party consultant specifically to perform the drone functions on the project and hand over the data, do they retain some rights to use the data?
After design and construction, can drone imagery be captured and used by your contractor or a subcontractor for marketing purposes?
Your due diligence, design and construction contracts should clearly spell out these expectations and shift the risk appropriately.
This is an exhaustive article that covers many aspects of operating a drone in a construction environment. I extracted this brief section because it puts a number of issues associated with data in very clear terms. What is interesting is that the following paragraphs deal with insurance but do not address cyber issues.