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AERIAL ANALYTICS

Achieving substantial energy savings in existing building stocks is a result of accurate energy audits followed by retrofitting design and applications. The aim of this focus area is to develop a proof-of-concept for a commercially-viable automated approach for the use of an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) platform (a.k.a. drone)  to inspect building envelope performance as well as other facets of energy audit data acquisition.


The experiment’s flight path and imaging procedure.

The experiment’s flight path and imaging procedure.

South Campus as a Lab for Building Envelope Diagnostics using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

2017 - 2018

In this Campus as a Lab for Sustainability project, we aim to employ a framework that uses a UAS platform to audit the building envelopes of South Campus buildings as a testbed for automated campus building inspections later. 

Team Members:

Tarek Rakha (PI), Senem Velipasalar (co-PI) and Anja Pajevic. Previously: Alice Gorodetsky and Amanda Liberty. 

Partners:

Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS)

Funded By:

Syracuse University Campus as Laboratory for Sustainability (CALS).

 
Constructed 3D model using IR images in the design environment of Rhino3D. Rakha, T., Liberty, A., Gorodetsky, A., Kakillioglu, B. and Velipasalar, S. (2018) “Heat Mapping Drones: An Autonomous Computer Vision-based Procedure for Building Envelope Inspection using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS),” Technology I Architecture + Design (In Press).

Constructed 3D model using IR images in the design environment of Rhino3D.

Rakha, T., Liberty, A., Gorodetsky, A., Kakillioglu, B. and Velipasalar, S. (2018) “Heat Mapping Drones: An Autonomous Computer Vision-based Procedure for Building Envelope Inspection using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS),” Technology I Architecture + Design (In Press).

Heat Mapping Drones: Building Envelope Energy Performance
and Privacy Diagnostics using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

2016 - 2017

The project investigates the use of emerging UAS technologies to develop capabilities of conducting rapid building envelope performance diagnostics, and perform aerial assessment mapping of building energy. The goal is to transform processes for evaluating building envelope conditions, building system performance and potential for renewable energy integration. 

Team Members:

Tarek Rakha (PI), Senem Velipasalar (co-PI), Yang Wang (co-PI), Alice Gorodetsky, Amanda Liberty. Previously: Bryan Morris

Partners:

SkySkopes, Syracuse University, College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) and School of Information Studies (I-School).

Funded By:

Gryphon Sensors through Governor Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative, and Syracuse University’s Office of Research.