Construction, building and public works companies are currently in the verge of completely reinventing their design and construction approaches and processes. In recent years, construction companies gradually integrated them into design and site monitoring activities, including commissioning, receiving, operating and dismantling them throughout the whole project lifecycle.

BATIMAT exhibition

The BATIMAT exhibition which took place in Paris Villepinte from 6 to 10 November 2017 confirmed the trend and involvement of the construction sector in the theme of the energy efficiency and digital transition: Confirmation of the breakthrough of the BIM (Building Integrated Management), 3D digital model, strengthening the use of recycled materials, otherwise so called bio-based equipment’s, eco-friendly and carbon resilient materials, and in general the optimization of life cycles, the greening of roofs, and the use of robots are widespread for energy saving features and in material prefabrication chains.

In the field of energy efficiency, the breakthrough of the Label “E + C” is undeniable, this label is slowly but surely becoming established, just as the design of passive buildings is becoming a prerequisite for commercial buildings.

WORLD EFFICIENCY Exhibition

The WORLD EFFICIENCY exhibition and conference, which will shortly take place from 12 to 14 December 2017 in Paris / Porte de Versailles, will certainly confirm this trend of the alliance between digital and energy efficiency.

In this context of growing technicality, the changes that can be made by drone imagery profoundly modify the roles assigned to engineers, surveyors, field technicians and site managers, architects and project managers. And finally, the desk engineers working downstream, processing the data and making recommendations. This is indeed a digital revolution – the 3.0 era of construction and project management.

SYMBIOTIS, with its drone equipment partner TECHNI-FLIGHT are currently integrating these evolutions with great interest and participate actively through energy engineering combined with drone thermography.

Systematically, drone thermography is offered to our customers in addition to the EN 16247-type regulatory energy audit – as a decision making tool to define or prioritize renovation or energy optimization work. In addition, thermographic inspection is a powerful solution for providing quality data for diagnostic missions or technical inspections of buildings.

This allows, among other things:

  • Control of the insulation of the walls and facades,
  • The identification and quantification of thermal bridges,
  • The detection of defects in joinery and door frames,
  • Leakage control of fluid networks (heating, ventilation and air conditioning),
  • Detection of breaks in hot water pipes and hot air pipes,
  • The identification of water infiltration in the building.

SYMBIOTIS welcomes these developments as major assets for the development of an innovation in terms of environmental intelligence and carbon resilience. In this way aerial thermal imagery is one of the most appropriate complement to the ecosystem of construction and public works companies. Their use should be generalized as an indispensable tool for the validation of energy efficiency criteria for the upcoming “carbon resilient” construction market.

Maurice DRAPIER, G.M. of SYMBIOTIS