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A Thermal-Visual Integrated System Mounted on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for 3D energy performance mapping and forecasting and damage evaluation

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - TherVIS (A Thermal-Visual Integrated System Mounted on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for 3D energy performance mapping and forecasting and damage evaluation)

Reporting period: 2014-10-01 to 2015-03-31

Because of their long life-cycle, the majority of buildings have aged considerably and are likely to have significant levels of physical degradation in their structure. The ability to identify where this degradation has occurred, and to monitor the integrity of building structures, can provide opportunities to improve energy efficiency by reducing heat losses.
The general objective of the project is the demonstration, up to commercial phase, of a device that allows for a 3D energy performance mapping and forecasting and for detection of structural damages of buildings with a limited number of images (i.e. low operating costs) particularly in dangerous areas and in difficult to access, large areas.
TherVIS project aims therefore to establish a product for intelligent monitoring and emergency management of civilian infrastructures that breaks into the market coupling aerial robotics and sensorial technologies at the forefront of European market. The goal, to be achieved through the demonstration phase, is to qualify the prototype through the run of business cases in at least a site of interest for the local community. The performances of the device in terms of repeatability and reliability of the measurements will be assessed.
The purpose of this study is the assessment of the technical, financial and commercial viability of the TherVIS. On this basis a possible go-to-market strategy is proposed through the evaluation of key business parameters (i.e. technical, financial/economic, market, organizational/managerial). The market analysis has shown that both the reference niche markets for TherVIS selling and services (belonging to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Energy Efficiency in Building markets respectively) although in expansion, are still quite restricted due to the relatively high prices of the technological devices employed. Based on this plight, the entry marketing strategy has been derived, which aims at increasing the product awareness through the exploitation of services and case studies, which could subsequently promote longer-term expectations for a further market expansion.
Investing in the TherVIS project will contribute to the development of a systemic approach for reducing building energy demand and for dealing in an efficient way with emergency or post-emergency situations fostering the Smart Cities concept.
Based on service and selling previsions, the environmental benefit associated with the use of the TherVIS devices in terms of reduction of methane (CH4) and hence CO2 emissions have been evaluated. According to it, the environmental impact related to tool usage, under the assumption that to each TherVIS monitoring corresponds an energy building renovation action, a reference value of almost 120.000 tonns of CO2 reduction is forecasted after the first five years of TherVIS usage, resulting in a tangible contribution to CO2 emission reduction.