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[Technology] Drone-assisted work in Trenchers Excavations

Every excavation worksite is unique.

Every time you move from a site to another one the differences are more than the similarities.

It is not a news that modern technology has helped the excavation industry to do more and faster, and of course with a better concern on safety.

One of the most interesting recent innovations – beyond machines – includes the drone-assisted excavation.

To have a drone flying around the site work is not a game, and drone producers- and adopters –  knows it very well.

Yes, it can be cool and it can be a good marketing idea to have your excavation and building work to be recorded by 30ft high.

But is that all?
Let’s see the question from the right point of view: the point of view matters a lot.

Having a top-bottom eye can really help the excavation work? Does really matters if I am working for underground utilities?


Yes of course.


  1. Gain topographical information quickly. Either if you are just moving to the next worksite or you are already working on it, update your map in real time can reduce your costs. Gain access to brand new data can help you during the pre-trenching phase, while you must have all data as possible.
  2. Security, it can help you to protect your site, verify in real time any damages, harnesses and boundaries. A flying camera can help you in several situations, and can also prevent unwanted injuries, falls and accidents. If you want to secure a wide area it may be the best solution.
  3. The blueprint in your hand may not be enough, and the new top-bottom perspective can help you to quickly edit your project, check excavation mistakes, schedule your daily progresses.
  4. If your commissioner can’t access to the worksite for safety issues, sending videos of the work could be a good compromise. Maybe you want to update contractors, engineers or other who can’t be physically in the worksite.
  5. Many subcontractors are working close to the same worksite? Have a unique perspective on the field can help to coordinate your excavation. Or maybe you have a lot of machine in narrow places, working closely, and maneuvers requires a particular coordination.
  6. New tools. Drones can now be equipped with infrared or night vision camera. Add to your blueprint updated data on surface, materials laying below the soil such as cables, pipes, or simply excavating materials you don’t expect. It can save time and money – and prevent injuries or damages.



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