Excavations assisted by drones

Each excavation site is unique.

Whenever you move from one site to another the differences are more than the similarities.

It is no news that modern technology has helped the excavation industry do more and faster , with a better safety concern of course.

One of the most interesting recent innovations – beyond machines – includes drone-assisted excavation.

Having a drone flying around the site is not a game and drone manufacturers – and those who use them – know very well .

Yes, it can be nice and it can be a good marketing idea to have your excavation and construction works recorded from 15 meters high.

But is that all there is?

Let’s see the matter from the right point of view: point of view matters a lot.

Can having an eye from above really help excavation? Even if I’m working for underground services?


  1. Quickly acquire topographic information . Whether you are moving to the next construction site or are already working on it, updating your map in real time can reduce costs. Gaining access to brand new data can help during the pre-excavation phase, while you need to have all the data you can.
  2. Security , can help protect your site, check in real time for damage, harnesses and borders. A flying camera can help in different situations and can also prevent accidents, falls and unwanted injuries. If you want to protect a large area, this may be your best bet.
  3. Perspective . The project in hand may not be enough, and the new perspective from above can help you quickly modify your project, check for excavation errors, plan your daily progress.
  4. The client. If the person commissioning the work cannot access the site for safety reasons, sending video of the work could be a good compromise. Maybe you want to upgrade contractors, engineers or others who can’t physically be on site.
  5. Coordination. Are many subcontractors working close together on the same site? Having a unique perspective on the field can help coordinate your excavation. Or maybe you have a lot of cars in tight places and they work closely together, and maneuvering them requires specific coordination.
  6. New tools . Drones can now be equipped with infrared or night vision cameras. Add up-to-date project data on surface, sub-ground laying materials such as cables, pipes, or just unexpected excavation materials. It can save you time and money – and prevent any injury or damage.