The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Publications Copernicus
Articles | Volume XLVIII-1/W2-2023
13 Dec 2023
 | 13 Dec 2023


S. Becker, S Einizinab, S. Radanovic, K. Khoshelham, K. Mirzaei, and Y. Fang

Keywords: Inspection, Laser scanning, 3D Panorama, RGB-D, Point cloud, Triangulated surface mesh, Construction

Abstract. Conventional building inspection, which requires in-person visits by a qualified inspector, can be costly, time-consuming, and even pose health and safety risks. The travel restrictions of the global Covid-19 pandemic further highlighted the need for remote inspection methods. Using reality capture techniques to create a digital 3D representation of the site offers promise for remote inspection of building work. This paper aims to assess different reality capture methods and their visualizations for remote inspection of building work through a case study conducted in Melbourne, Australia. The reality capture methods included terrestrial and mobile laser scanning, RGB-D imaging, and aerial photogrammetry using a UAV. Professional building inspectors participated in the evaluation process by conducting remote inspection based on the captured data and comparing it to the on-site experience. The assessment involved different visualizations of the data, including 3D panoramas, point clouds, and triangulated surface meshes. The results indicate that image visualisation and the ability to make measurement on images are desirable by professional inspectors. These findings support the adoption of reality capture techniques for remote inspection of building work, which can enhance the safety and efficiency of the process.