WIT project gives Bausch & Lomb new perspective on drones

WIT drone project
Pictured back: Robin Stubbs, Patrick Higgins, WIT; Derek O`Connor, Bausch & Lomb; Paul Elliott WIT. Front: Vivian Kenneally and Gemma Murphy, WIT

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21 January 2016 | 0

The Building Information Modelling Collective (BIMC) Research Group in Waterford IT’s Department of Architecture is collaborating with contact lens manufacturer Bausch & Lomb to track expansion works at the company’s Waterford city plant.

The BIMC Research Group is using drones to conduct take aerial surveys of the works as they progress. This entails regular site visits to conduct controlled flights using sophisticated drones and HD cameras and then supplying this information to Bausch & Lomb for use by their Facilities Management Team.

It is expected the project will yield a total of 9.36 million HD images taken across 100 flights.

Robin Stubbs, programme leader of the four-year BSc in Architectural & BIM Technology at WIT, said: “This project is unique insofar as we are applying a burgeoning surveying technology in an innovative way to produce 3D models of the on-going construction works for monitoring purposes.”

Facilities engineering and project manager at Bausch & Lomb Derek O’Connor said: “Using aerial footage produced by the BIM Group has proven to be a very successful method of communicating the progress of the building expansions to senior management and external stakeholders… the results of this project can be used as a unique opportunity for students to gain an insight into the live application of cutting edge technology in a locally based multinational environment.”

Stubbs added: “The work the research group undertakes with industry feeds directly into our undergraduate courses at WIT. This means our graduates who go on to work in the Architectural, Engineering & Construction (AEC) sector can do so very successfully with the most relevant and up to date experience.”

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