How can drones help Saudi Arabia’s construction sector post COVID-19?
Rabih Bou Rashid, the CEO of Falcon Eye Drones (FEDS) explains the role of drones technology in Saudi construction recovery
Will adopting drone technology boost the journey to recovery for Saudi Arabia construction sector, which is known for its gigaprojects including Qiddiya, The Red Sea Project, Diriyah Gate, AMAALA, Riyadh Metro, among others, post the COVID-19 pandemic?
According to the CEO of Falcon Eye Drones (FEDS), Rabih Bou Rashid, drones are “an imperative tool to ensure continuity of building operations in Saudi Arabia”.
Bou Rashid said: “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.”
Explaining that drones could reduce the manual rework by 25%, Rashid added: “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 damper on a project’s budget later on.”
According to FEDS, a report by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Housing showed that it surged by 8.03% in 2019 due to its major projects that support the Vision 2030, contributing to the Kingdom’s GDP boost to 12.6%.
FEDS revealed that with drones being able to survey some of the most hazardous and remote spots, the need for several people visiting sites for the collection of data could be eliminated.
Instead, contractors could get detailed data footages from the safety of their offices.
Bou Rashid explained: “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 [drones technology] 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 concluded.