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Flying High: Skanska Teams With Measure for National Drone Program

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Over the years, drones have evolved from being widely known as toys to becoming essential tools on project jobsites. But once the company acquires the technology, it’s a good idea to make sure the rest of its tech is up-to-date. Construction and development firm Skanska USA recently did just that in its new partnership with Measure, an aerial intelligence company.

According to Measure, it helped Skanska implement its drone program across the country to meet increased demand for enhanced construction site progress monitoring. But when Skanska initially assessed the expansion of its drone program, it saw the need for a more diversified mix of software and processes.

“Choosing one tool has significantly reduced confusion for new drone pilots and has increased the efficiency of flight operations.”

“Staying with the old app would’ve rendered our newest drones useless, and as a result, would have discouraged innovation,” Skanska Senior Innovative Development Engineer Brooke Gemmell says. “Meanwhile, Measure’s team expedited their 360-panorama tool at our request, proving they were willing to work with customers on future development.”

Because the two firms worked together, Measure says, Skanska was able to grow its program to include more than 40 pilots with a fleet of over 20 drones and address several challenges. For example, by using Measure’s software for multiple tasks that were spread across several applications, Skanska has simplified workflows and offset the cost of using multiple products.

Gemmell adds that the firm has redefined the way Skanska provides drone training to pilots. “Instead of needing multiple tools, we are able to focus on a platform and clearly define what deliverables can be created within Measure,” she explained. “Choosing one tool has significantly reduced confusion for new drone pilots and has increased the efficiency of flight operations.”

Skanska also has benefited from Measure’s level of collaboration. “On our monthly call, Measure actively listens to our questions and challenges,” she added. “It’s a win-win because their team gets feedback from those who are in the trenches, and our team gets immediate support and solutions that are tailored to our exact needs.”

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