Measuring Building Facades from Photos
|Objective||Measure the facade elements of a newly built house: walls, window finish, terrace ceiling, roof|
|Drone||DJI Phantom 4 pro|
|Flight Data||Camera angulation: Various: from 45oto 0o to 30o
Grid: Manual Vertical
Height: from 5m to 30m
|Dataset Size||299 images|
|Data Processing||40 min using medium software settings|
|Hardware||Intel i7 8700, 16 GB of RAM, dual Radeon rx580, SSD drive|
Challenge: Checking and Acceptance of the Executed Works
The construction industry is known for its complexity. One construction project will have a number of organizations engaged. The client can be a property developer, a private company or an individual. At different stages the works will be carried out by different entities: construction consultants, main contractors and subcontractors. Main contractor ensures that the finished building reflects the quality laid out in the project brief, is on time and within budget. Measuring building facades from images can be of a great help.
Unfortunately, the often occurrence is that none of these criteria are met. Going over the original agreed budget is one of the main issues. How can you check if the main contractor completed the works as he states? How can you do it in a quick and competent way?
Building analysis from pictures – it’s a fast, accurate and safe way to check the building’s exterior works.
In this particular use-case, the analysis was carried out for two facades, the roof and the immediate surrounding area. In order to achieve this, 299 photos were taken using a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone, equipped with a 20-megapixel, 1-inch imaging sensor camera.
To gather as much information as possible about the different elements of the facade (i.e. the ceiling of the balcony), the drone was flown manually, in a vertical trajectory, up to a height of 30 meters above ground. Drone camera angle was adjusted several times. But even with these specific requirements, this task was completed in 20 minutes.
Using Pix Pro software (with medium settings), the reconstruction of the building in 3D took 40 mins. In order to conduct a detailed analysis of individual elements, a Dense Point Cloud had to be generated.
PixPro software allows you to mark the points of an object with great precision (the accuracy is up to the centimeter). All it takes is to mark the point in 3 different photos and the software accurately calibrates that point automatically.
This accurate point placement, allows you to mark even the hard to reach areas – for example the balcony ceiling or the window trim.
By connecting points using lines, you can measure the sides of individual objects. And by connecting lines to create polygons, you can measure the surface area. Surface area can be calculated for symmetrical and asymmetrical geometrical shapes. It’s especially useful for uncommon projects.
All of the selected lines, points or their combinations can be exported to AutoCAD with a single click. The resulting file will contain all the measurements and geographical data, as such the project designer will not need to draw them from scratch and save a significant amount of time.
You can easily check the surface area of a roof, accurate placement of its individual elements, even the pitch in comparison to the horizon. Since the software is capable of presenting the information with the accuracy to the centimeter, even a small deviation in measurements shall be eliminated.
The work acceptance includes the building and its surrounding area. The best way to carry out those measurements, is by turning the 3D model at a downward angle of 90 degrees. This way you can avoid the noises from the surrounding objects or inaccurate point selection due to a different projection angle. All you need to do is outline the desired object (I.E. the pavement or the lawn patch) and the software will present accurate measurements.
Pixpro provides extremely accurate, time saving and most importantly – safe way of getting the necessary information.
It took around 1 hour to generate a detailed 3D model of the two facades and the roof (the travel time is not included).
Such innovative method highly facilitates measuring hard-to-access objects and locations, i.e. terrace ceilings or window finishings.
The Pixpro software integration with the AutoCad software makes it easy and fast to design and visually manage projects.
The collected information presents an enduring value. It can be accessed at any point to produce measurements for elements that may not have been relevant at first. You do not need to go back on site.
This innovative method of object analysis eliminates any direct contact between the worker and the object, thus increasing the safety of your employee. Everything can be performed remotely.