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As 2016 rounded off, the year marked a significant economic increase in construction projects. Within the first 10 months, the US Census Bureau reported $972.2 billion construction dollars spent.

The growth was slow and steady, bumping up project expenditure by 4.5% from 2015. In addition to the explosive immersive reality development, there are some exciting technology trends to be aware of.

Last month the Federal Aviation Administration celebrated the first anniversary of drone registration. The FAA has officially registered over 616,000 owners and individual drones.

Now over 600,000 drone operators have aviation knowledge for safe neighborhood flying.

Experts predict the yearly worldwide expenditure for the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) industry to exceed $11 billion by 2022.

While these UAS machines can be recreationally entertaining, the possible commercial uses are endlessly promising. For architecture and construction, drone capabilities could transcend the industry.


Similar to real estate professionals, architects use images and footage of a property for 3D renderings of future structures. The fast and cheap aerial shot capability allows architects to recreate real-world concepts for each project. Architects can better demonstrate how their properties will play out.

With these cost and energy saving abilities, drones will swiftly become indispensable to the industry. Not only will drones thrive in streamlined selling and demonstrations, but also construction managers will be better able to coordinate. Architects, site managers and labor workers can communicate with more clarity and detail. It will provide an extremely improved method of instruction and direction for project completion.


The FAA strives to safely integrate user-friendly drones into airspace. The UAS is an aircraft without a human pilot on board. The operators stay safely on the ground while the drone is maneuvered. The global aerospace safety foundation, requires owners and drone users to abide by a strict set of rules. They must first learn the basics of flying.

The FAA provides several UAS programs, initiatives and other learning opportunities. With flying classes and set rules, the modern technology can be safely utilized. The registration process is cheap and easy. Owners receive an identification number for each drone upon documentation. This helping drone pilots maintain safety and distinction.

Over in Australia there is a steadily growing market from drones. Drones are also referred to as remotely piloted aircrafts (RPA), though this definition may vary depending on commercial or recreational usage. If there is any economic gain, users must acquire an RPA operator’s certificate. However, if the RPA is less than two kilograms, CASA only requires a completed notification form.


It’s no secret that these drones are huge. According to Brian Opp, North Dakota Department of Commerce Aerospace Business Development Manager, “The only limit is a person’s imagination.” With an eye for genius, North Dakota is positioning itself to become the Silicon Valley of the Drone Industry, with Opp leading the way. He reported the provision of over $36.7 million given in advance of UAS tech development and applications.

They represent an extremely futuristic development that will impact many industries. From the media and environmental monitoring to delivery and agriculture, the possibilities are endless.