Modern technology is slowly but surely making its way into the construction industry. It’s about time, right?! From remote controlled cranes to 3D printing and now…drones! Yes, you read that right, drones in the construction industry!

Drones are an extremely handy piece of equipment to have on a construction site as they offer a bird’s eye view of the site and can access places that are inaccessible to construction workers.


Drones are often used during construction projects to survey sites and deliver accurate measurements. They can also increase the safety of construction workers and the general public by allowing professionals to recognise potentially dangerous areas within a construction site.

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Drones can monitor the quality of work being carried out on-site and can track the progress of a project. They are a great tool for project managers as they give accurate data and give project managers and others the chance to catch problems early. The use of a drone on site decreases the likelihood of the project overrunning and becoming too costly.

Using drones also allows construction companies to share accurate data about the project with third-party companies.


Every crane lift, no matter how big or small, requires a professional level of planning. Lift planning is incredibly important as it prevents crane-related accidents, ensures the safety of all involved, increases productivity on-site and reduces costs.

A drone can be flown over the site before the crane lift to assist the appointed person in drawing up a comprehensive lift-plan. The drone footage will show any possible dangers on the construction site and will provide ultra-accurate site layouts and measurements.

Drones are also beneficial as they can reach areas that the crane itself may not be able to. During the lift, the drone operator can work closely with the crane operator and appointed person to guide the crane hook when it is out of the crane operators’ sight.


Altida regularly invests in new plant machinery and technology. Our fleet of Mavic Pro Drones is available to hire alongside our wide range of cranes.

Altida drones have been used in the past to create perfect lift plans and to assist crane operators in lifting a load to a specific place. Our drones allow us to get precise information and increase the safety of each of our lifts.

Health and safety are our top priority. We appreciate that drones can reduce safety risks and prevent crane incidents from taking place.

Drones also have other uses. A couple of years back, we used our state of the art drones to evaluate the extent of the damage caused by Storm Doris at Chesterfield FC. We successfully used the drones to view each roof panel and identify the ones that needed repairing. You can read about it here.

Drones are a handy tool to have on-site, particularly when carrying out crane operations.

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Here at Altida, we are experts in everything to do with lifting and can make the process of hiring cranes simple and straightforward. We can also offer drone hire to ensure that you get the perfect lifting-plan.

We are the UK’s leading provider of mobile cranes and contract lift hire and can offer an excellent service with fantastic operators and a world-class fleet.

Whether you are planning a large construction job or a small-scale event; we have the right crane hire service for you. We will do all we can to ensure the safety of your lifting operations.

Get in touch with us at or call 01246 261915. Or, you can fill in the contact form here.