The research seeks to enhance the uptake of inspections at remote sites


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The consortium of researchers working on the project hopes the work will support a faster and more efficient sector in Scotland. The trials will compare the quality of remote testing methods to physical examinations. The Scottish Structural Innovation Center (CSIC), Local Authority Building Standards Scotland (LABSS), Edinburgh Napier University Center for Off-Site Building and Innovative Structures, The Whitley Group and Homes Scotland will support a range of experiences for the Scottish Government’s Building Standards Division. The project will explore technologies currently in use – and other technologies potentially available – for remote examination – focusing on available and cost-effective options, such as smartphones and tablets. It will also develop guidance on best practices and standardize processes and training materials to support the use of remote inspection. The team said that adopting and understanding greater options for remote inspection – along with guidance on its implementation – could lead to more efficient construction projects by enhancing verification capacity, supporting faster service delivery, and allowing greater flexibility in inspections. The initiative is based on the i-Con Challenge, which used digital technologies – such as virtual reality and augmented reality (VR and AR) – to identify defects in buildings during the Covid-19 pandemic, when travel and portability restrictions were in place. Outside physical inspections. Sam Hart, Director of Innovation at CSIC said: “Everything is going well, this project could change the way many buildings are inspected. We now have a year of evidence to draw on and support our conclusions. While i-Con focuses on AR and VR. Not every organization will have access to these types of technologies – therefore, it is important to obtain an estimate of all available options, whether they use tablets, mobile phone shots, or even pictures of specific building elements. ”During the first part of the program, we will measure Remote scanning success since Covid-19 began. As part of this, we’ll look at a range of factors, including the carbon savings achieved through unwanted transport, as well as identifying any issues that have arisen. “Based on these results, we can then make recommendations to standardize remote verification and provide industry-wide guidance. Ultimately, while maintaining appropriate quality standards, we want to make remote building inspections more widespread, rather than conducting one-off inspections due to Covid-19 “. Do you have a story? Email [email protected]


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