“Building defects are common phenomena in the construction industry worldwide and have become an accepted part of the building process.
The concern is not that defects occur, they are inevitable. The concern is the extent, severity and impact these defects have on buildings and their occupants.”
The pilot building defect report by academics from Deakin University and Griffith University will highlight the widespread crisis of building defects affecting strata apartment owners nationwide and rendering some apartments unsaleable.
The study, based on 212 building audit reports, found apartment buildings with at least one type of defect was alarmingly high at: 97% in NSW, 74% in Victoria and 71% in QLD.
Additionally, in the sample, the average number of defects per building was 14 and the average number of construction systems affected by defects was nearly six. That is, on average, six different construction systems within any given building has a defect.
Inspections of high-rise structures are currently conducted by a manpower intensive system utilising rope, gantry, or work platform access. This is a laborious sub-optimal process.
Voltin is an innovative facade assessment system capable of high-resolution visual data capture for high rise buildings in densely populated areas.
Voltin realised that an autonomous device operating in the urban environment which had the versatility of a drone, UAV, but without its limitations was a solution combining mechanical, electronic systems with a synchronised software controller.
The Extent of the Problem
The Voltin AutoBAT 2.0 uses photogrammetry modelling software and artificially intelligent third-party defect detection software, which accurately identifies and geotags the location of a given defect and outlines remediation works required.
The Voltin system provides a technological solution to combat the defect problem.