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New ASTM guide to help with building facade inspections, including drone use


vsdnews05252012buildingA newly published ASTM International guide provides standard notation, syntax and symbols for facade inspections while a second guide has been proposed to standardize how drones are used for facade inspections. The first standard (E3036, Guide for Notating Façade Conditions in the Field) will save time by providing engineers, architects and others with a common way to use and understand symbols, according to ASTM member, Michael Petermann. This standard will be particularly useful to building owners who maintain a database on the conditions of their façade as they can perform side-by-side comparisons of databases and drawings to confirm if conditions have worsened. A second standard, Guide for Visual Inspection of Building Facades Using Drones (WK52572) will address the growing need for camera-equipped drones to document facade conditions through video and still photography. This proposed standard will improve the quality of inspections by allowing drones with high-quality cameras to provide close-up views of parts of facades that can’t otherwise be seen. The standard will likely include general guidance for safety, a protocol for video-scanning facades, storage of scan results for future use, and more. ASTM also welcomes participation in the development of these standards from engineers, architects, drone manufacturers, and others.


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