Industrial SkyWorks revamps VAMP
SkyBEAM (Building Envelope Asset Mapping) aims for safer, more comprehensive and less costly building envelope monitoring
With support from LOOKNorth’s Technology Validation Program, Toronto-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and data solutions company Industrial SkyWorks is conducting a project to integrate, test and calibrate two of its innovative monitoring technologies in order to provide safer, more comprehensive and less costly building envelope monitoring, especially for large industrial facilities.
Their UAV-based SkyBEAM (Building Envelope Asset Management) system, developed in collaboration with Canadian building materials leader Tremco, has recently earned the necessary regulatory approvals for commercial drone operation) including the first-ever approval for nighttime operation from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration). SkyBEAM safely and systematically scans building envelopes and consolidates the high-definition (HD) and thermographic (infrared) imagery captured into comprehensive reports and models.
RIGHT: SkyBEAM at work.
The nine-month project, estimated at $181K, will see Industrial SkyWorks’ team of photogrammetric and computer vision scientists integrate SkyBEAM into its high-performance Virtual Asset Management Platform (VAMP), allowing the interactive reports and models to be shared through a cloud-based system with technicians on site and decision-makers in their offices. The integrated system will be tested/validated in collaboration with industrial partners Imperial Oil Limited and Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance. The system will be calibrated to the needs of the project industrial partners and the broader market.
Safety and convenience for the construction industry and owners of large industrial facilities
The benefit offered by this break-through technology is that it will allow a full 3D exploration, viewable from any angle, of the entire building envelope – without ever putting a technician on a roof or ladder. SkyBEAM’s HD and infrared cameras locate energy leaks, rooftop damage, deteriorating façades, safety issues and other potential problems, consolidating the information into comprehensive, interactive, easy-to-read reports that can be accessed through a cloud-based computer app. The report clearly and accurately shows problem areas, helping decision-makers determine a plan of action and technicians on site can precisely locate where work needs to take place, minimizing disruption to the envelope itself.