OBEC Dinner - Disrupting the Building Sciences: Assessing Building Connectivity through Drone Technology

May 13, 2015 -

The rapid advancement of Drone technology has entered the Building Sciences. Drone technology provides building owners with the ability to remotely sense building envelope connectivity allowing for greater long-term performance. Leading-edge technology carrying advanced high-resolution and thermal cameras provides vantage points unachievable through traditional methods, providing for new, easily acquired and robust facility data.

Drone Technology

Advancements in gyro-stabilized, GPS guided smart technologies has led to an explosion of highly intelligent, military grade unmanned systems (aka drones) entering the civil market for commercial applications.

Commercial Applications in the Building Sciences

Photogrammetric and Thermal payloads allow for the ability to create large detail data maps of facilities at every life cycle stage from pre-construction to commissioning to restoration projects. Data maps are highly accurate, actionable data sets that allow end-user functionality from construction measurement to building envelope assessments etc. Drones now provide remote sensing capacities that, in many instances, make the use of traditional devices such as scaffolding and swing stages, obsolete.

Case Study: Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance

Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance proudly introduces SkyBEAM (Building Envelope Asset Mapping) for use throughout Canada. SkyBEAM is a groundbreaking program that uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with high resolution thermographic (infrared) and video cameras to help Tremco Roofing’s customers locate where their facilities may be leaking energy through gaps in the roof, façade or elsewhere; have wet insulation; and to find and photograph other potential problems on the building for remediation…

A Case for Safety: De-Risking Projects

Many construction related activities involve a quantifiable high risk level. Drones are able to substantially lower risk levels of certain construction activities in a traditional risk management program. Drones, themselves have a lite risk signature, providing a significant gain for workplace safety.

Privacy: PIPEDA and Drones in Canada

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and its relevance to Drone use in the Building Sciences, in particular, Privacy implications and Building Envelope Assessments.


Drone operation and Transport Canada’s Special Flight Operations Certificate Program

Speaker: Michael Cohen President

Michael is an Airline Rated Captain with a Masters in Aeronautical Sciences: Aviation Safety Systems. He is an expert in aircraft safety systems and risk management and is a certified aircraft accident investigator.

As a proactive leader with a commitment to safety, Michael has served as Chairman of Air Safety and member of an Airline Emergency Response Team.

Michael brings project management proficiency, corporate operations experience and dynamic leadership to his role as President of Industrial SkyWorks.

About Industrial SkyWorks

Industrial SkyWorks (ISW) is a Canadian-based data gathering, analysis and reporting company that enables stakeholders to make infrastructure management decisions. Utilizing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), ISW can provide critical data faster and more accurately, and presented in value-added formats. ISW is targeting 5 industrial markets: Building Sciences, Electrical Utilities, Oil and Gas, Mining and Clean Technology.

ISW has successfully entered the Building Sciences with Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance (Tremco); its first customer and strategic partner.

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OBEC Technical Discussion Group

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Problems, problems, why do we see these issues on roofs?

This discussion group will be chaired by Peter Saunders, Director, Building Science & Technical Service, HENRY COMPANY and will take place from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the Delta Markham, 50 East Valhalla Drive, Markham, ON L3R 0A3. Chocolate 4 Room

Please send photos (which will remain confidential) to roofing discussion group leader Peter Saunders - psaunders@henry.com or bring your pics to the event.

There is no pre-registration required, just show up and get involved in the discussion!

BSSO holders, will be given 1 credit for attendance.