University of Strathclyde researchers have developed an online platform to enable remote building inspections.The technology uses algorithms, virtual reality and image processing techniques to monitor the construction phase of buildings. It aims to prevent problems manifesting in the long term.

The platform will create a 3D environment of a building and limit the need for quantity surveyors and health and safety inspectors to be physically on site – an issue that has arisen during the coronavirus pandemic.It has now also received £35,000 from the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre i-Con Challenge.

Dr Andrew Agapiou, a senior lecturer in the university’s department of architecture and lead researcher on the project, said: “The ability to accurately detect errors and defects in remote and hard-to-access buildings has significant value for the organisations.