2021 Virtual Region II Meeting
July 20-22, 2021
The 2021 Region II Meeting will be a virtual meeting.
Artificial Intelligence is a fast-growing field with new applications being developed at a rapid pace for various consumer and business needs. In this presentation, we will discuss how Computer Vision – a narrow form of AI – in combination with drone surveys and cloud-based digital twin models, can be applied to bring about vast efficiencies in the façade and structural inspection processes, both in terms of cost as well as time. Topics will include the process of training computer vision models, metrics to evaluate their performance and some limitations of the technology. Information will also be provided on practical implementation of these technologies such as in T2D2.
Dr. Badri Hiriyur is the founder and CEO of T2D2.ai and holds a joint position as a Vice President and Director of Artificial Intelligence at Thornton Tomasetti. T2D2.ai is a new technology startup providing cloud-based building health monitoring services that uses computer vision to detect and map damage in structures from drone or mobile camera feeds. At Thornton Tomasetti, Dr. Hiriyur leads the CORE.AI R&D group focused on developing applications that leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to transform workflows and processes in the AEC sector. Prior to his current roles, Dr. Hiriyur spent several years as a computational scientist in the Applied Sciences practice at Thornton Tomasetti, where he developed high-performance computing software – used by the U.S. Navy – for computational fluid dynamics simulations. Dr. Hiriyur has an extensive background in deep learning, computer vision and robotics. Dr. Hiriyur has a master’s degree (2003) from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. (2012) from Columbia University.
Charu Chaudhry has over 15 years of experience in historical preservation, building enclosure, roofing, and waterproofing systems. She is a vice president in the renewal group at Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. Her work includes investigating and designing repairs and preservation treatments for restoration and adaptive reuse of historic landmarks. She has written several peer-reviewed publications in journals. She is an active member of the APTI Sustainable Committee and the IIBEC Conventions Committee, and she serves as the Board of Advisers of the Historic Districts Council Committee.
The presentation will use scenarios from BE-CI case studies related to forensic water testing. Often, we are called regarding a known leak and asked to provide recommendations for the remediation of the leak. Sometimes, compliance testing during new construction becomes forensic testing. We will review both scenarios and attempt to shine light on how we as Consultants can bring solutions, not problems, to the project.
Joseph is a Principal Partner and CEO with Building Engineering-Consultants, Inc. (BE-CI). His expertise is related to design, project management, and on-site quality assurance observations, specializing in roofing, waterproofing, and building envelope systems. He has over 15 years’ experience related to forensic investigation of building envelope systems and the design of steel building components, roofing systems, below-grade and plaza deck waterproofing, sealants, wall cladding and curtain wall systems. During this experience, he has performed over 1,000 QA/QC site visits, leak investigations and testing of roof installations, plaza deck waterproofing, sealants, metal wall panels, masonry, stucco, EIFS and curtain wall systems.
Whether if it is wind driven rain, condensation forming on surfaces below dew point, or ice dams in roof assemblies, water in all of its forms is a building’s worst enemy. In addition to energy and indoor air quality benefits, water and moisture control is one of the main reasons building codes and regulations have focused heavily on improving the quality of building enclosures. Calibrated fans and high-resolution manometers are used to measure air and water leakage through building enclosures via whole building tests, fenestration and facade tests, and mock-up tests. This is to ensure the building enclosure will last, energy consumption will be low, and an optimum level of indoor air quality will be provided to occupants. This presentation will cover the tools needed to perform these types of tests and show how these tests are conducted.
Sam Myers is a Building Scientist and trainer for Retrotec where he manages trade shows, conducts field studies, and serves as a building science consultant. He has also spent several years as a building scientist with Advanced Energy — one of the most respected efficiency consultancies in North America — where he managed field operations for building performance programs and served housing developers that included Habitat for Humanity. He holds a Master’s of Science degree in Sustainability from East Carolina University, is a certified HERS rater, and is a licensed real estate broker. Sam lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Frans Dam has been a building physician since he graduated from University in 1980. Over the last 41 years, Frans has built an impressive number of skills and credentials including:
Over the past 25 years, Frans has built an impressive reputation across Europe and the Middle East based on his extensive knowledge of building envelope inspection methods and air leakage testing procedures. Since 1991, Frans has occupied several important positions as a government official in the field of energy, environment, and thermography. In the year 2000, Frans became a full-time independent consultant and trainer, specializing in energy and thermography, and has become an expert in building physics and the European Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD). In addition to his Co-Ceo tasks, he is also instructor for Retrotec infiltration equipment which is being used especially for building physics, large building testing, temporarily refuge testing (on and off-shore) and fire enclosure integrity testing.
AI and its Applications in Façade and Structural Inspection
Presented by: Badri Hiriyur and Charu Chaudhry, LEED AP
Region II Business Meeting
Hosted by: Mike Fell, Region II Director
Case Studies for Forensic Water Testing – How to Help, not Hurt
Presented by: Joseph Ferrell, RFC, PE
Sponsored by: Available
Air and Water Infiltration Testing of Building Enclosures
Presented by: Sam Myers and Frans Dam
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Continuing Educational Hours from IIBEC
Attendees earn up to 5.0 Continuing Educational Hours (CEHs) from IIBEC.
LU/HSW Units from American Institute of Architects.
Attendees earn up to 4.5 Learning Units (LU) from AIA.
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