Drone tech adds value for West Calder groundworks firm

THE sky is the limit for West Lothian-based Mulholland Contracts as it invests in drone technology to better service its clients.

The West Calder groundworks, surfacing and utility contractor said its new GPS enabled drone – the “compact, high end” DJL Inspire 2 – will allow it to conduct unmanned aerial surveys of construction sites to capture data in a safe, efficient manner.

The new kit will primarily be used to assist with crucial onsite tasks such as monitoring earthworks through cut and fill analysis, site progress tracking and generating point cloud digital terrain models and up-to-date orthophoto maps for its predominantly housebuilding clients.

Kevin Breen, finance director at Mulholland Contracts commented, “Using drones to capture survey images of the site is only the beginning of the value they can offer Mulholland and our clients. The planning, architecture design and engineering that go into shaping what transforms into a new development; all require the best available data.

“The drone allows us to use data to create 3D models and maps and becomes another highly effective tool to the company, adding to traditional methods with modern technology.”