Construction workers in Sacramento, Calif., have a new kind of boss: A drone. Unmanned flying cameras help managers watch out for issues that might slow progress of the new Kings Stadium, according to MIT Technology Review.
Drones fly around the structure once per day, creating a 3-D image of the building that managers at Turner Construction can compare to renderings of architectural plans. The goal is to show managers where the project might be falling behind schedule.
Turner Construction spokesman Christopher McFadden said the drones have not created any privacy issues, since they do not fly close enough to individual employees. Rather, the flyover gives a faster, more accurate view of issues that managers might normally address in a walk-through of a construction site.
"If we see on the footage our steel project is behind, our reaction is going to be the same as we were walking the job," McFadden told CNBC. "We'd call our steel contractors, talk through the issues, get back on schedule, and more accurately plan and work for the days and weeks ahead."