National Drones is helping BGIS, Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) facilities management partner to deliver efficiencies and improve the management and life-cycle of ECU’s buildings by quickly and safely locating and identifying structural faults and maintenance issues.
BGIS is dedicated to finding innovative solutions using emerging and disruptive technologies to address challenges, new and old. By partnering with National Drones for external building inspections, BGIS is able to provide a complete overview of a property, with the ability to drill down to view the smallest of details. Our remotely piloted aircraft systems reduce and sometimes eliminate the need for workers to work at height, by capturing high-definition evidence of defects in parapets, gutters, lashing, pointing, roofing materials, skylights and high-rise windows.
Preventative maintenance can add decades to the useful life of commercial/residential buildings and infrastructure assets, however conducting inspections manually is labour-intensive, time consuming and potentially dangerous.
It often requires the use of elevated work platforms, scaffolding, harnesses or even abseiling – high-risk undertakings that demand significant resources and planning. Falling from height is the 3rd biggest cause of workplace fatalities in Australia, accounting for 13% of all worker fatalities in 2015. *
The “WAAPA” building at ECU’s Mount Lawley campus had suffered from long term, multiple issues, leading to water ingress and damage in several areas. Repeated efforts to identify causes and repair leaks had proven unsuccessful.
Following the UAV based inspection, thirty-seven (37) faults and issues were identified, these included:
In early 2018, BGIS and ECU are partnering with National Drones to asses feasibility of and methodology for carrying out full roof and facade inspections on 80 of the university’s buildings, covering all three of their Western Australian sites.