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A DRONE FOR EVERY JOB SITE

As techies dream of delivery drones, builders in the construction industry eye the devices as a tool to save billions of dollars.
3D Robotics’ aerial data system in action. Autodesk invested in the company in June as part of a broader bid to serve the construction industry.

THE $8.5 BILLION global construction industry isn’t exactly known for its efficiency. The U.K. Green Building Council estimates that 15% of materials delivered to construction sites end up in landfills, the result of mismanaged scheduling and purchasing. The American Institute of Architects believes building-related waste makes up anywhere from 25% to 40% of America’s solid-waste stream. With construction spending in the U.S. totaling $1.13 trillion this year, those losses add

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