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Drone Technology: A New Maintenance Frontier?


Institutional and commercial facilities are starting to embrace drone technology as maintenance and engineering managers understand the benefits of using these remotely controlled devices to access hard-to-reach areas, gather previously unattainable images, and record data about key areas and operations.

The February 2016 issue of Facility Maintenance Decisions will discuss key considerations managers must address when considering the use of drones around their facilities. Some of the more appropriate areas for managers to consider using the technology include: roof and façade inspection, energy analysis of building exteriors, and campus surveillance and security.

Managers might also consider the possible benefits of using drones for irrigation purposes, such as watering or fertilizing hard-to-reach areas or monitoring turf areas. One Chinese manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicle technology, DJI, recently launched a product to carry out such tasks. The Agras MG-1, an agricultural drone engineered for crop-spraying, covers 7-10 acres per hour and claims to be 40 times more efficient than manual spraying.

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