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CivDrone – fast, remote and reliable staking solution

Project description

Drones lift construction to new heights

Before digging and pouring concrete, one of the first steps of any construction work is to survey and physically stake the land based on the blueprints. The staked reference points include instructions on the work that needs to be done – for instance, how deep to dig in order to place the pipeline at the right depth. The EU-funded CivDrone project is introducing a faster, smarter and more reliable way to get this job done. It’s developing a drone fitted with a real-time kinematic positioning system to automate the construction layout and stakeout process in construction projects. The drone flies based on the desired coordinates and inserts the stakes in the ground.


Every construction work follows precise blueprints and instructions. When the project plan is implemented in the real-world
site, the land surveyor places physical markers, also known as stakes, according to the general contractor’s construction
plan. The staked reference points include instructions of the works that needs to be done – for instance how deep to dig in
order to place the pipeline in the right depth. Most construction tasks require physical staking, even simple tasks such as
placing the road railing and sidewalk. Physical staking is a laborious and time-consuming job that presents multiple
drawbacks such as slow measurement and staking process and manual marking mistakes, leading to higher upfront and
downstream costs. CivDrone’s innovative staking mechanism is installed on an enterprise drone equipped with RTK system.
The drone flies autonomously to the desired coordinates and inserts the stakes in the ground. Tags contain all relevant
information for the work of the general contractors, so the constructors will be able to get all the tasks and updated blueprints
directly on their own smartphone/tablet when moving in the working field. During the phase 1 project, a go-to-market strategy
and a supply chain will be established, as well as further development plan will be drafted. The Phase 2 innovation project
will allow for engineering and development of the navigation system and staking mechanism to achieve higher accuracy and
functionality, scale up of production to produce mechanism and stakes for pilot trials with potential construction, train, road,
and pipeline companies.

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Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
Hanamal 10
3303110 Haifa

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 21 429,00