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Drones in Construction - by Dr Andrew Agapiou

Drones in Construction - by Dr Andrew Agapiou

Increasingly, construction companies are using drone technology for a variety of purposes including conducting aerial surveys and monitoring the activities of staff and subcontractors on the construction worksite. As the technology develops newly adopted drone laws and the application of current laws to drone use are areas of concern as governments grapple to regulate the operators, manufacturers and systems. While the commercial benefits of using drones on the construction site are not fully understood or realised, companies need to keep abreast of changes to the legislation and regulations that govern drone usage.

Join our free online course which reviews the regulatory and legal schemes for drone operation within the construction industry in the USA, UK, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong. Drone technology, infrastructure, regulations and standards are continually evolving, with collaborative research and development across all these areas. Whilst this offers exciting opportunities to private and public sectors worldwide, such rapid change and growth is a challenge for regulators, to ensure that regulation and infrastructure is in place in time to manage and meet these changes. The proposed research agenda offers a guide for future research on the legal aspects of drone operation for the construction sphere.

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About the author 

Dr Andrew Agapiou is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde. He delivers the Professional Studies programme to both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Architecture. Andrew has also lectured on the LLM Construction Law programme within Strathclyde's Law School. He is an Associate Member of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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