DroneDeploy’s integration with Procore was a pivotal deciding factor for bringing drone technology to widespread use within P. Agnes. Combining DroneDeploy’s inspection workflow with Procore’s map overlays gives managers the full size and scope of a project. “Before using this integration, we would manually walk the site to take pictures,” said Matt DeBasio, Project Estimator, “DroneDeploy takes this process to the next level.”
Drone Data as a Risk Management Tool
Themes of accountability and risk management were paramount in our discussion with P. Agnes, as they explained how situations like these exemplified the power of drone insights. “This is an accountability tool for subcontractors, project managers, and stakeholders, and it communicates transparency to the client,” Matt stated. "If you can document exactly what you’re doing on a regular basis, and have clear, objective, visual proof of what’s exactly going on – it’s like an insurance policy. It’s a tool to manage risk.” Anthony Williams, Assistant Project Manager, added, “It just keeps people honest.”
By having this accountability tool in their arsenal, P. Agnes has been able to enhance safety on their construction sites. For every project, they assign a safety manager and have a set of safety protocols, however, drone data enables them to have visual proof of what goes on. Drone capabilities also allow their team to plan ahead with regard to safety. For a precast façade installation for one of their healthcare projects, they plan to use the vertical flight tool to inspect the panels after they have been installed. This would prevent the need for someone to go up to inspect the panels via a high reach or with another piece of equipment. “Any time we can use the drone to do these types of things it will be much safer and lessen the risk exposure of having an individual put themselves in a potentially hazardous situation,” explained Anthony.