Khalifa University Site Inspector Drone (KUSID)
The EXPO 2020 in Dubai is set to bring approximately 25 million visitors to the country. In order to cater such a need, the government has announced a number of mega projects within the master plan for the city.
The pace of construction in the UAE is rapidly accelerating in 2014 with more than $15 billion in major projects awarded for the first half of the year and with total construction awards expected to jump to $46 billion over the full 12 months. During the first half of the year, there were more than 50 contracts, worth a total of more than $5.4 billion, for newly announced or recovered residential projects. For Example, Dubai Airports this year announced a $7.8 billion airport and airspace expansion program.
The health and safety division at Dubai Municipality has partnered with more than 40 building permit engineers, who also perform regular audits on construction sites. Inspectors from Dubai Municipality have found at least 12 safety violations a day during their visits to work sites. According to Dubai municipality statistics, workers falling from high-rise buildings accounted for 45 % of the 865 construction industry accidents in Dubai from 2004 to 2007. In addition, in 2011, Abu-Dhabi municipality recorded 29 accidents at construction sites, 10 of them fatal.
In this project, the use of drones to monitor and inspect new construction sites is proposed.
Nowadays, all site inspection are done on the spot. Drone site inspection is an innovative idea that allows monitoring sites from a distance which wasn’t yet deployed in the field. Drones site inspection will focus on two different aspects: monitoring summer working hours and construction progress/evolution.
The drones will be equipped with cameras that are used to capture images/ real-time videos of in progress construction sites. The captured images are then sent to a base station for further analysis and safety checks which reduces the number of physical on-site visits. If the inspector at the base station detected any rule violations, the construction company will be warned. Moreover, images of the cables, structure and piping, will be studied at the base station by the civil or site engineers who can even use an iPad. The drone will also be equipped with an Infrared Thermal Imaging camera to enable easy inspection for irregularities.
Drones Site Inspection will not only reduce the cost of physical inspection but also provide an efficient way to inspect more construction areas within a specific time spam. In addition, sending inspectors at high altitude to inspect the building is not a safe task. Therefore the drone will be faster and more practical. With the drone, construction progress can be recorded quarterly, monthly, weekly or daily from the air, which provide historical data for the government. Finally, drone will provide a cost effective solution. The filming drone cost is approximately 5,000 US dollars. Therefore, it will be cheaper to use the drone than to hire many sites inspectors with an individual monthly salary of at least 2,000 dollars.
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Hello , I am specialist in video editing , your project is interesting and i would like to work together on it . Can i have more information about it ? Best regards David Djanbaz