June 2020

Saudi’s construction sector to see faster recovery with the utilisation of drones in the ‘new normal’ - FEDS CEO

Saudi’s construction sector to see faster recovery
  • Saudi’s construction and housing sector witnessed positive growth in Q1 2020
  • Contact-less drone technology to help firms kick-start operations drones by providing effective alternative to guarantee continuity of operations, while ensuring health and public safety

Dubai, UAE, 29 June 2020:

Saudi Arabia’s construction sector will see faster recovery with the utilisation of drones under the ‘new normal’ set-up, which continues to require safety measures including social distancing.

This is according to Rabih Bou Rashid, the CEO of Falcon Eye Drones (FEDS) — the Middle East’s leading provider of Drone Technology, Data Technology, and Digital Transformation. He said that drones are an imperative tool to ensure continuity of building operations in Saudi Arabia, whose construction sector has been thriving for the past years.

“The pandemic has presented a considerable challenge to the construction sector in Saudi, which used to require a significant number of labourers. As the Kingdom contains the spread of the disease as a paramount concern, drones can help afford an effective alternative to guarantee the sector’s continuity of operations, while ensuring health and public safety,” he said.

In a recent report released by the Kingdom’s Ministry of Housing, the sector has surged by 8.03 per cent in 2019 following its major projects in line with the “Vision 2030.” It has also contributed to the Kingdom’s GDP boost to 12.6 per cent.

In addition, the report stressed that “the first quarter of the year 2020 witnessed positive growth in the construction and housing sector”.

The momentum, Bou Rashid said, can be kick-started with the use of drones.

He added that in the GCC, more players in the construction industry are utilising drones in getting their projects done while safeguarding the wellbeing of their workers—noting that they regulate activities at a more economical, more precise and speedier pace than the conventional construction process.

Saving time and money

Bou Rashid said drones can help trim down expenses by up to 11.8 per cent in terms of monitoring the development of a construction project. This is because drone technology allows them to detect slip-ups on a regular basis. The ability of drones to steadily monitor a construction status through recurring flights and high-resolution, accurate aerial view maps, he said, can help managers effortlessly mark potential challenges before they become exorbitant problems, and even save employees five hours a week on needless meetings.

“Drones can help avert costly errors as they help developers identify slip-ups prior to and during the construction, which — if left unchecked — can put a dampen on a project’s budget later on,” he said, noting that this can also decrease manual rework by 25 per cent.

When it comes to getting projects up to speed, Bou Rashid emphasised that drones help developers save hours or even days in terms of plotting the site. He added that prior to drones, firms need to rent a helicopter and fly over the areas just to capture images and map the site. With drones, contractors can collect the required data in a matter of minutes — downsizing time wastage by 18.4 per cent.

In addition, the CEO said productivity among worker will further boost if drones become fully utilised in a construction project. Bou Rashid said that the mini-air vehicles can cut down the time spent on gathering the inventory of tasks by 32 per cent, and upsurge their reporting turnaround by 25 per cent.

Emphasis on safety and accuracy

Many construction firms in the GCC are turning to drones not only because of its money and time saving features, but also because of the safety it provides contractors and labourers, according to the CEO.

“Their ability to operate with less human contact and provide precise data has made it possible for these companies to fully assure safety in its operations, especially now that the world is facing a global health crisis,” said Bou Rashid.

In terms of inspecting the construction site, Bou Rashid said firms no longer need to gather a huge workforce and spend several days just to assess each spot of the project, which, more often than not, presents hazard and fall risks among labourers.

With drones being able to survey even the most hazardous and remote spots in just a matter of minutes, contractors can get detailed data footages from the safety of their office. These mini-air vehicles can even send updated precise information straight into a computer for fast-track evaluation.

“Saudi Arabia’s construction sector can definitely progress further with drones. The technology they possess can be truly vital in saving firms extra expenses, time, and effort. They can also help safeguard the wellbeing of workers, as well as provide more accurate data without spending a nickel and an hour of their time,” Bou Rashid said.

About FEDS:

FEDS is the first and leading Drone-As-A-Service (DaaS) company in the Middle East and amongst the top 10 drone services companies in the world in the mapping, surveying and inspection services.

In April 2020, FEDS has successfully closed a strategic investment with Aerodyne Group to create the world’s largest drone service company.

Proud to be UAE home-grown, FEDS was established in 2014, and in a short period has become the only company from the Middle East to be named as one of the top drone service providers in the world.

The company has acquired a global ranking of #7 in the ‘top drone service provider- mapping, surveying and inspection category’, and #12 in the ‘top drone service provider worldwide,’ as per the Drone Service Provider Ranking Report 2019 by Drone Industry Insights.

FEDS has pioneered Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) commonly referred to as ‘drones’ in the region, making FEDS synonymous with anything related to drone services.

The company, founded by Rabih Bou Rashid, is the first DaaS firm in the Middle East that provides highly efficient, and sustainable drone services in the field of mapping, surveying, and inspection for companies in the mega industries—such as oil and gas, sustainable energy and utility, construction and infrastructure.

FEDS is committed to innovative technological advancements that provide cost-effective, timesaving, accurate and safe solutions to improve business decisions and strategic planning.

With highly qualified and certified workforce and channel partners, FEDS stays at the industry forefront by utilising the latest technology applications, data collection and analytic tools powered by AI as well as continuous evolution with the market trends.

FEDS provides solutions like aerial photography, 3D mapping, aerial surveys, inspections, and other aerial services with each solution uniquely customised as per the client’s requirements.

Currently, the company has its stronghold in the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and expanding steadily in the GCC countries and the MENA region. Headquartered in Dubai, FEDS has completed 1000+ projects in the Middle East & Africa region.

In addition, it is the only drone company in the Middle East that has partnered with Zayed University and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture.

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