The drone industry could be worth $5 billion by 2020, according to Fortune.

Currently, the American Institute of Architects believes that building-related waste makes up between 25% and 40% of America’s solid waste, which amounts to more than $160 billion in wasted spending in the US alone. But the expanded adoption of drones on construction sites has allowed builders to recoup many of those billions and also cut down on industrial waste.

For builders, drones provide a wide variety of returns on investment. Drones are cheaper to fly than piloted aircraft, conduct surveys more quickly, and collect more data more frequently. With the right software, builders can also use drones to keep track of where resources are needed, discover and solve issues before they occur and ultimately save money.

Drone software companies such as Autodesk, senseFly, DroneDeploy, and Skycatch have taken this opportunity to develop programs specifically designed for data collection on construction sites.

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