From the City of Plano
At Legacy West, construction cranes are not the only things filling the sky at the northwest corner of Legacy Drive and the Dallas North Tollway. Rogers-O’Brien Construction is using drones to oversee the building of Legacy West, a 35-acre project consisting of an extensive retail center for shopping, dining and fun. Construction began in May 2015 and some sections of this highly-anticipated complex will be open for business in spring 2017.
A camera drone flies to heights of 500 feet as part of the construction team. One person watches the drone from the ground and another at the office steers the joystick with a screen to monitor the drone’s photography. According to Steve Pesnell, senior superintendent, Rogers-O’Brien Construction has used drones since 2010, helping site managers stay on top of large projects.
The drone is launched weekly to the same exact coordinates, cruising over the site and photographing the project’s progress. It provides detailed photos–providing valuable information for planning, such as verification of the number of pallets of stone delivered.
In addition to coordinating the workforce of 300 crew members and the myriad of tasks, recycling construction debris is also carefully monitored and managed with the drone. To date, over 1,630 tons of concrete, masonry, sheetrock, metal, paper, plastic and wood have been recycled and diverted from the landfill.
With an outstanding diversion rate of 98.95 percent, Rogers-O’Brien is doing its environmental best for future generations as they build a stunning development for our generation.
Special thanks to the City of Plano, Environmental Waste Services Division, 4200 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093