SkyBEAM™ (Building Envelope Asset Mapping) is a groundbreaking program that uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, aka drones) equipped with high-definition (HD) and thermographic (infrared) cameras to locate energy leaks, rooftop damage, deteriorating façades, safety issues and other potential problems on your buildings.
SkyBEAM’s thermographic camera is used at night, when it can more effectively detect temperature variations caused by problems such as poor window sealing or wet rooftop insulation, which can lead to energy loss, significant capital expenses, increased operating costs, occupant discomfort and other issues. The HD camera is used to photograph other potential problems, such as ponding water, the need for appropriate rooftop safety equipment, and spalling concrete.
No matter which camera is being used, highly-trained technicians operate the UAV safely from the ground. SkyBEAM scans the roof in a programmed pattern and takes hundreds of photographs, which are combined into a single, large image showing precisely where the wet insulation is located. Technicians can then safely mark these areas during the day for further action.
The report you receive is extraordinary. SkyBEAM consolidates the infrared scanning and HD images into a comprehensive, interactive, easy-to-understand report accessed through a cloud-based application. The report clearly and accurately shows problem areas, helping WTC work with you on a plan of action.
A virtual model of the building is created in 2D and 3D and can be viewed from any angle. Users can overlay thermal images to their exact location on the building. Photographs, comments and other data can be added in real time through a tablet, even when technicians are on site, to ensure that work can be verified and that the report always has the latest information.
SkyBEAM is most effective with large buildings or multi-facility campuses. Using the thermographic camera, SkyBEAM has scanned more than 2.3 million square feet of roofing in approximately three-and-a-half hours; scanning the same area with the HD camera only required about two hours.