U.S. Construction Company Scaling Drone Program With the Help of PrecisionHawk

McCarthy Building Cos. Inc., which touts itself as the oldest privately held national construction company in the U.S., is collaborating with PrecisionHawk to help scale its growing drone program.

By using PrecisionHawk’s open-software architecture, the companies will develop custom software and algorithms for aerial intelligence in the construction industry.

“It is our aim to build a process that can automatically generate as-built 3D models with photogrammetry data and integrate those models across all phases of a project from early in the design phase through construction completion and turnover,” says McKenzie Lewis, McCarthy’s field solutions manager. “As drones become an increasingly important technology tool in our process, PrecisionHawk brings experienced and sophisticated development and deployment solutions that can scale with our business needs.”

Several years ago, McCarthy says it began its evaluation of how enterprise drone programs can increase efficiency, improve safety, reduce risk and provide value for clients across jobsites. The company’s testing of drone platforms and aerial stitching software proved that the technology can, indeed, improve data analysis on complex building projects.

“For the enterprise, we know the first step to building a drone program is simply proving the value of the technology,” comments Jeffrey Freund, vice president of construction services at PrecisionHawk, which recently announced its expansion into new markets beyond agriculture. “But to truly be an industry pioneer, you need to think beyond the ability to fly a drone or create a map.

“McCarthy understands that to lead the industry in photogrammetry technology means integrating an entire platform, which includes rapid data capture, intelligence and visualization, into the enterprise workflow,” Freund continues. “We are excited to bring our expertise in scaling a drone program to support their efforts.”

An employee-owned company, McCarthy has offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque, N.M.; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif.


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