Botlink recently announced that Procore customers now have the ability to incorporate drone workflows directly into Procore’s construction management software. Users can easily and safely fly drones at worksites and automatically upload processed imagery directly into Procore.

Construction managers can remotely oversee the progress of projects, document the evolution of job sites, ensure OSHA compliance, monitor equipment and anything else that can be viewed from the air. Since the typical flight takes less than ten minutes and data begins flowing into Procore before the aircraft has even landed, all project stakeholders with Procore access, no matter where they are located, will be able to access the same aerial imagery instantly.

“At Procore, we’ve built the best in-class construction project management platform. Many of our customers have applications that are ‘must haves’ for their business to run efficiently,” said Steve Zahm, President of Procore Technologies. “Through Procore Connect and our partnership with Botlink, we are able to provide our customers with access to drone technology that offers real-­time aerial imagery. Procore Connect makes it easy to integrate with the apps, solutions and processes that our clients want to use.”

Procore users simply connect a small Botlink cellular device to their compatible drone and then use the Botlink app for mission planning, automated flight control, safety advisories and real-time data delivery. Advisories are displayed on a georeferenced map and show the exact location of the user’s aircraft in relation to restricted airspace, nearby manned aircraft and incoming weather.

While in flight, Botlink triggers the drone’s camera and captures hundreds of high-resolution images that are stitched together using georeferenced position data and discrete features within each image. The result is a single, high-resolution orthomosaic image that can be manipulated and analyzed as needed. This process was previously only available through expensive airplane and helicopter flights or by using low-resolution satellite images that can be more than a week old, due to weather and other limiting factors.   

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