In early 2016, Clayco, the Chicago-based design-build contractor, launched Uplift Data Partners, a full-service provider of drone technology and remote pilot training. The eight “mission” types that Uplift flies include construction and thermal inspection, as well as real estate surveying and mapping. The company can analyze data and deliver it into a BIM model. Uniquely, Uplift is able to identify and work with the “shared assets” of the AEC firms that employ it, which in Clayco’s case include its technical assurance group and virtual design and construction team.






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