Andrew Snook 2017-08-10 04:35:25
Flying high Drone popularity continues to soar When travelling across Canada to visit pits and quarries for features in Rock to Road, it’s not unusual for a producer to tell me that they have implemented a drone program as part of their operations – either through purchasing a machine and training staff or by hiring a professional contractor to obtain all the data they require. The growing popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the aggregate sector comes as no surprise to me. In addition to hearing about all the great ways they save operations time and money, the aggregate sector seems to simply be following the same trend as many other commercial sectors around the globe. According to a MarketsandMarkets’ research report, the global UAV drones market is projected to grow to US$21.23 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.99% between 2016 and 2022. The commercial drone market is expected to hold the largest market share with sensor components projected to experience the highest rate of growth. The North American market for commercial drones is expected to grow exponentially during this time period. It’s no surprise that aggregate producers would be part of this growing market. After all, a good drone operator with the right equipment and experience analyzing the collected data – whether they are an employee or a contractor – can look after a lot of the volume and mapping needs for producers, create annual operating reports and assist in the generation and renewal of conservation reclamation business plans (CBRPs). And once LiDAR can be fully combined with drone technologies to map tree-covered areas, the advantages of these technologies for producers will only continue to grow. When it comes to the advantages of drones for aggregate production, the sky is the limit.
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