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Drone use by AJ100 practices takes off

Foster droneport   Nigel Young  5

The growing use of drones is among the key changes in how practices work on a day-to-day basis, according to the practices featured in this year’s AJ100

In 2015 almost eight out of 10 firms said they had no experience of the emerging ‘eye-in-the sky’ technology; 12 months later that proportion has dropped to 68 per cent, with one practice saying it is using drones ‘extensively’.

2016.09.07   AJ100 Graphs   Working Techniques

Norman Foster recently revealed a prototype droneport at the Venice Biennale (pictured). The project is the first to be built by Foster’s charity, which plans to build a network of the droneports across Africa to deliver medical supplies in areas that are difficult to access.

Other findings from the AJ survey into architects’ working practices revealed that Building Information Modelling (BIM) use has continued to balloon. In 2015, 59 per cent of AJ120 firms said they were using BIM extensively – in 2016, 74 per cent of firms in the AJ100 are doing so. Only one firm says it had yet to have any involvement with the technology. 

There has been further growth in 3D-printed models too – with only 16 per cent of practices not yet using the technology.

Full analysis of the AJ100 survey, plus all this year’s award winners, will be revealed tomorrow night (8 June).

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