Exploring the Impact of Drones in Construction: EllisDon DDE at GeoIgnite Conference

We are excited to share that our Senior Director of Digital Project Delivery, Patrick Lalonde, recently presented at the GeoIgnite conference in Ottawa last week. GeoIgnite is a premier annual event focusing on Geomatics for Climate Resiliency, Geospatial Leadership, and Artificial Intelligence (GEOAI). At EllisDon, we are proud to be at the forefront of leveraging innovative technologies to drive efficiency, safety, and data-driven decision-making in the construction sector.

GeoIgnite brings together government officials, industry leaders, and tech innovators to address pressing topics in the geospatial industry. This year's theme centred on Geomatics for Climate Resiliency, Geospatial Leadership, and Artificial Intelligence, highlighting the intersection of technology and environmental sustainability. Additionally, there was a dedicated track on BIM/GIS interoperability and digital twin technology, in collaboration with buildingSMART Canada.

Patrick Lalonde, and EllisDon'sData & Digital Engineering (DDE)team’s presentation at GeoIgnite focused on the pivotal role of drones in construction. Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), or drones, are increasingly becoming essential tools in completing complex building and infrastructure projects. EllisDon recognizes the immense potential of drones to improve the construction process and support digital transformation efforts.

With 30 active drones and 50 certified pilots nationwide, EllisDon is leading the way in utilizing drones for various purposes, including photo and video progress monitoring, reality capture, and more. By leveraging drone technology, construction teams can survey job sites rapidly, track progress in real-time, and identify potential issues, ultimately enhancing productivity and reducing the risk of errors.