Image processing for sustainable remodeling: Introduction to real-time quality inspection system of externalwall insulation works

Sang Ho Cho, Kyung Tae Lee, Se Heon Kim, Ju Hyung Kim

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Abstract

The external wall insulation method was introduced to enhance the energy efficiency of existing buildings. It does not cause a decrease of inner space and costs less in comparison to methods that insert insulation panels inside walls. However, it has been reported that external wall insulation boards are disconnecting from walls due to malfunctions of the adhesive. This causes not only repair costs, but also serious injury to pedestrians. Separation problems occur when the bonded positions are incorrect and/or the total area and thickness of the adhesive is smaller than the required amount. A challenge is that these faults can hardly be inspected after installing boards. For this reason, a real-time inspection system is necessary to detect potential failure during adhesive works. Position, area and thickness are major aspects to inspect, and thus a method to process image data of these seems efficient. This paper presents a real-time quality inspection system introducing image processing technology to detect potential errors during adhesive works of external wall insulation, and it is predicted to contribute to achieving sustainable remodeling construction by reducing squandered material and labor costs. The system consists of a graphic data creation module to capture the results of adhesive works and a quality inspection module to judge the pass or fail of works according to an algorithm. A prototype is developed and validated against 100 panels with 800 adhesive points.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1081
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019 Feb 19

Keywords

  • External wall insulation
  • Image processing
  • Qualitymanagement
  • Real-time quality inspection

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