Flying high: Plantworx 2019 to feature Drone Zone

ORGANISERS of Plantworx 2019 have revealed that this year’s exhibition will feature its first ever ‘Fly Zone’ where visitors can experience drones.

Drones are becoming more prevalent in the construction industry, utilised for a variety of tasks including data measurement and providing video and images of projects.

Plantworx has teamed up with COMIT (Construction Opportunities for Mobile IT), an organisation that aims to improve understanding between the construction and technology industries and speed up the adoption of mobile IT within the sector. COMIT will host its ‘COMIT2Drones Annual Conference’ at Plantworx, in addition to the drone exhibition and flying demonstrations.

Tony Shooter, COMIT’s chair for drone technology said, “What better way to showcase today’s drone technology in the construction sector, than at Plantworx, where there is a strong focus on innovation and leading technologies. This event is probably one of the most important developments in advancing drones in the construction sector. This will be a unique opportunity for a substantial audience in our industry to experience first-hand what drones can deliver for their business.”

The ‘Fly Zone’ will occupy over 2,300 square meters of stand and flying space, situated in an indoor venue.  A range of drones will be on show, including the Topcon Falcon 8 Survey UAV. Powered by Ascending Technologies, the Falcon 8 is a rotary-wing UAS designed for inspection and monitoring or survey and mapping applications.

Joanna Oliver, CEA’s director of global programmes commented, “We are really excited about this unique new element to Plantworx we are confident it’s going to be a huge success. Drones are already changing the way the construction industry operates and is growing at a rapid rate. Plantworx is delighted to showcase this advanced drone technology to our visitors.”