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Evaluation of Small UAS Acquisition Costs for Construction Applications

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Ricardo Eiris Pereira and Masoud Gheisari

Evaluation of Small UAS Acquisition Costs for Construction Applications

Abstract: Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technologies have rapidly evolved since the 1990’s. It is estimated that the 2016 market for such systems ($2.6 billion) will quadruple ($10.9 billion) by the year 2025 (Teal Group Corporation 2016). New technological advancements in UAS design, battery duration, GPS navigation capabilities and control reliability, have made possible the development of new low-cost, lightweight aerial systems. These advancements have also generated tremendous interest by academia and industry in the construction domain for different applications such as surveying, safety, and quality, and inspection and documentation. With hundreds of UAS manufacturers available in today’s market, it is difficult to evaluate the life-cycle cost metrics of the such aerial systems. Wide differences regarding metrics such as aircraft weight, payload capabilities, and battery autonomy, make an objective assessment of expenses a daunting task. This pilot study explores the acquisition cost factors for the comparison of small UASs in the construction domain. As a result, a parametric model is presented to estimate the acquisition costs of small UASs for construction applications.

Keywords: Small UAS, Acquisition Cost, Parametric Modeling, Construction Industry

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24928/JC3-2017/0195

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