Virtual Site Inspection
Posted on 23rd June 2020 at 17:26
As part of our work with our cousins across the Irish Sea we are required to carry out inspections fo rthe BCAR certification scheme. We didn't let a little thing like Covid 19 stop us and used technology to carry out virtual site inspeections when the time was right!
As part of our work with our cousins across the Irish Sea we are required to carry out inspections for the BCAR certification scheme. We didn't let a little thing like Covid 19 stop us and used technology to carry out virtual site inspections when the time was right!
We are pleased to be able to share our latest first, yes even we are doing things for the 1st time!
On Tuesday 23rd June we carried out our 1st virtual inspection using the Zoom video platform on a mobile phone while the Carnehill's foreman walked around showing us the details we requested. It was a 'simple' facade using light gauge steel for a relatively small project, and the technology was 'relatively' crude, but it was also cost effective and worked!
Carnehill Contracting, with their design partner, Precision Frame Systems Ltd. produced the setting out, manufacturing and assembly drawings for the project. As part of the virtual inspection we completed inspection sheets from the FIS and SCI Design and Installation of Light Steel External Wall Systems guide which meant that we had seen the drawings before the inspection and were able to verify that the panels were installed as per the drawings. The drawings were part of the 3D model and BIM created using Vertex that Precision Frame Systems Ltd use to create the model and csv data to ‘drive’ the roll formers that created the panels. The Vertex output included drawings that comply with pr EN 1090-4 such that the installers had all the required information to install and the design intent could be traced from calculation to installation!
Engineering was done using the MESS Light Gauge Steel Add In for Tedds using Carnehill profiles and wind load calculate using the Breve Add In for Tedds they sell also!
While I absolutely love my trips to the Emerald Isle the day can be long, and expensive, and less than productive so hopefully one of the benefits to fall out of this current Covid 19 pandemic is that we can better use technology to reduce the practice's carbon footprint (though I did check and found that the turbo pro flight from Leeds Bradford to Dublin, return, is less CO2 than a trip to London on the train from York!)
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