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21 Jul 2017

Tectus to Lead the Development of Autonomous Drones

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Tectus Dreamlab and the National University of Singapore’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering develop autonomous drones using artificial intelligence for building inspection.

A Tectus Dreamlab collaboration with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS) on an autonomous drone project, supported by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), is set to revolutionize construction engineering and asset management while drastically increasing productivity and driving down inspection and maintenance costs.

The project will see the development of self-fly drones on building construction sites to collect photographic data. The drones will be able to fly to multiple floors autonomously and automatically generate a report containing the images with their specific locations.

A primary objective of this project is to increase the potential use for drones in building construction by achieving autonomous indoor navigation and drone flight – without an operator and without requiring access to GPS, Wi-Fi or beacons. While unmanned aerial vehicles – or drones – are increasingly being used in construction, primarily flying outdoors, these are remotely controlled by a drone operator and have mission planning based on GPS data.

Full press release can be downloaded here.