4 Ways to Use (& Potentially Use) Drones for Construction

The following is a snippet from our Drones in Construction course. This course is approved for continuing education in multiple states.
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Monitor job site progress. Drones can be used to remotely monitor job site progress to make sure things are on track and to create immediate, real-time changes or adjustments as needed. The footage can be sent in real time to clients, investors and lead persons on the job. Architects and engineers can gain immediate access to the job site on screen, rather than having to make the trip out.

Measure stockpiles/excavations. Catch major and minor deviations. Computer technology can compare what's on the plans to what's happening in real life. Images from the drones can be fed through specific software to compare it with the plans. This type of surveillance can show you if walls are misaligned or if a window is missing or installed in the wrong place, for example.


Increasing job site safety. Your drone surveillance can show you whether or not your workers are using best practices - regardless of whether management or an OSHA safety inspector is on site. You can correct these behaviors immediately and workers will be more apt to use best practices when they know they are being watched. The drones can also access dangerous or hard-to-reach areas, such as an unfinished roof, allowing inspectors or specialists to assess a particular challenge or issue, and make recommendations for changes, or improvements without putting themselves at risk.

Reduce the amount of high-risk work performed by humans. Currently, only smaller hobby-type crafts - mostly good for video and photo only - are allowed to be used in any type of construction site monitoring capacity. However, as legislation
continues to address the needs and wants of the public, larger drones - even with permits - will become the norm. These drones will have nanobot technology, allowing high-risk work to be done by the drone, rather than humans, further enhancing job site safety conditions.

A recent article in Construction Executive states, "drones show potential to aid job site safety and efficiency." And, a similar article on siemens.com is titled, "Need Construction Site Surveillance? Hire a drone." We can see it now, once the legalities have been worked out, construction sites will have large signs saying, "Warning: This job site is monitored by drones with cameras.” In most cases, construction companies contract out for drone work, however, they can certainly become an in-house operation as well with the right training and resources.


Reduce construction theft. We half-joked that construction sites may soon post signage announcing they are surveilled by drones. However, this type of surveillance could drastically reduce construction theft. In addition to preventing in-house theft, occasional fly-bys of vacant sites can deter vandalism, theft or loiterers from placing your job site on their rotation.


This may be a stretch, but someday drones could be used to transport materials. If drones could transport materials from one side of the job site to the other, there will be less manual labor needed from the workers. This would be especially helpful in the hard to reach areas, where workers might have trouble moving materials with ease. The weight of the objects being transported would be an issue, though, depending on the size and power of the drone being used. Another issue would be how they would pick up the materials- manually attached by a human or mechanically with a claw or net.


3 Ways to Optimize Downtime

It’s the beginning of the winter season and many of you will experience a bit of downtime between jobs.  Here are 3 ways to maximize your free time benefitting you and your business. 

#1 Create a marketing strategy for the coming year

Spending a little time planning for the future will benefit you and your business.  Put together a customized, cost-effective marketing program that will work year after year. Even seasoned contractors will learn how to build a strong marketing program and cost-effective methods of generating leads.  If you are unsure where to begin, Builders License Training Institute has created an online video course “Marketing for Contractors” that will walk you through the process and you could also earn continuing education credits for license renewal in the process.  WIN! WIN!

#2 Research the latest technological advances and equipment and how they can benefit your business specifically.  Learn to utilize them to enhance your services and increase your income and productivity. One of the more recent technological advances in the use of Drones in the construction industry.  Commercial drone usage is gaining in popularity and the demand continues to grow. Once used exclusively for military purposes, the drone is now utilized in a variety of industries. Join instructor Greg MacMaster and explore the advantages of using drone technology for Construction and Real Estate purposes.

#3 Broaden your knowledge base, learn new skills and meet continuing education requirements in the process.  Many states require a varying amount of continuing education each license renewal cycle.  Why not get a jumpstart on your education requirements and beat the deadline!  Even if you are not required to take continuing education to renew your license, you can always learn something new to enhance your skillset.  Check out the wide variety of General Education Courses available online.  While you are at it, how about providing a little education for your employees as well. 



Minnesota Builders, if you haven’t completed your CE yet, don’t panic!

Minnesota will still accept your continuing education and allow you to renew your license, you’ll just have to pay an $80 late fee.

What CE is required to renew my Minnesota contractors license?

Your first step is to complete 14-hours of continuing education. We offer education in a 14-hour package, 7-hour course, or just 1-hour of energy code. All courses are available 24/7 and completely online.

NOTE: The state requires you to spend at least 7-hours in each course and you CANNOT complete two courses in the same day.

Who submits my CE to Minnesota?

We will submit your Continuing Education to Minnesota the next business day after completion. Please note the day of completion will be used as your submission date. The state will take at least 24 hours to recognize that the CE has been processed.

How do I renew my Minnesota Contractors license?

Licenses can be renewed online.  The state will charge fees based on income from the renewal cycle, an additional $80 will be charged if your renewal is completed after March 1st.

  • $565 if gross annual receipts are less than $1 million
  • $665 if gross annual receipts are between $1 million and $5 million
  • $765 if gross annual receipts are more than $5 million

If you have questions about your Minnesota builders license renewal or builders licensing in general, please visit our website,  call 1-800-727-7104 or email info@traininginstitutesedu.com   






Georgia Contractor License Renewals

What do I need to renew my Georgia contractors license?

Georgia requires 3 hours of continuing education for Residential Basic Individual Builders and Residential Basic Qualifying Agents, and 6 hours of continuing education for Residential Light Commercial Individual, and Residential Light Qualifying Agent licenses. Builders must obtain these continuing education credits yearly between July 1st and June 30th.

How do I complete the Georgia contractors license renewal process?

Licenses can be renewed through the State of Georgia Professional Licensing Bureau website. License holders will need to submit their continuing education certificates along with the state renewal fee.

Where can I find classes for Georgia contractors continuing education?

The state of Georgia allows builders to complete a maximum of 50% of their continuing education online.  Builders License Training Institute provides easy-to-use online courses that state. Plus the benefit of a friendly staff to answer your questions or solve any tech issues.

How do I submit my continuing education certificate?

Builders License Training Institute provides printable certificates at course completion. License holders are responsible for submitting their continuing education certificates to the state.

If you have questions about your Georgia Builders License Renewal or Builders licensing in general, please call 1-800-727-7104 or email info@traininginstitutesedu.com


Drones for Construction

How are drones used in construction?

Drones can do the job of manned aircrafts and human surveyors but they collect data more accurately than either. This allows construction crews to work quicker with less wasted time and product. Technology companies are currently working to perfect software that will enable contractors to turn the data collected by drones into 3D structural models and topographical maps.

What are the requirements for drone use?

Companies using a drone for commercial purposes must have an employee who has passed their FAA Remote Pilot Test. This test will ensure drone pilots understand flight dynamics,  how to accommodate for weather, and sUAS flight operations.  Certified Training Institute offers an FAA Exam Prep Course to ensure individuals are able to pass the exam on their first attempt.

Where can I find drones in construction courses?

Companies can start using their drone for construction as soon as they have passed the FAA Remote Pilot Test.  However, Certified Training Institute has created a 4 hour Drones in Construction video class to teach the user how to most effectively utilize drones with the added bonus of counting as 4 hours of continuing education in Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, and Oregon.


Michigan Code Officials, Inspectors, and Plan Reviewers We Have a Plan for You

Building Officials must complete 50-hours of Continued Education, while, Inspectors and Plan Reviewers need 47-hours of CE before September 16th of 2018. That’s an average of 16-hours per year. Along with getting enough CE, you need to make sure you have enough hours in each of the five topics! Click on the descriptions below to see the different packages offered.

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Ordering a package with the exact amount of hours required for each topic, and approved by the State of Michigan is the best way to go.  It takes all the guess work out of the renewal process, saves an average of $140 over purchasing individual courses, and gives you access to your courses online 24/7.

Why Should I Take Online Courses?

Completing CE courses online has not only become an industry standard, it’s a welcomed alternative for our busy lifestyles. Trying to complete a 6 hr course all in one sitting is difficult but with any mobile device, internet access and 20 to 30 minutes, you can complete just one lesson at a time. Make use of time spent waiting for a client to show up, a meeting to start or an airline flight.  Even if you can only complete one lesson a day, with over 800 days left until the deadline, you will have completed your continued competency with plenty of time to spare.

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Your course results will be submitted to the state, plus, you’ll have proof/record of your CE in one convenient place and you’ll have peace of mind that you are well on your way to fulfilling all your license renewal requirements.