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Use of Drone for a Campus Building Envelope Study

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Engineering Technology Division Poster Session

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Engineering Technology

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Raheem Taiwo Ariwoola East Tennessee State University

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Raheem Ariwoola developed an early interest in Engineering due in part to being born in a family dominated by Engineers. Having enjoyed fidgeting with all electronics equipment found in his surroundings when he was growing up, he developed a curious and inquisitive mind to further his study in the field of engineering. In 2012, he received a degree in BSc Electrical Engineering in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria, with the highest honors. Immediately after graduation, he went ahead to serve his fatherland at Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited, Kogi, Nigeria. After his youth service discharge in 2014, he migrated to United States to continue his studies and presently, he is looking forward to receive is MS in Engineering Technology Department at East Tennessee State University, USA.
Raheem participated in a lot of activities during his high school days; he was the head of the Jets club, Science and Technology club, and a proud member of the school’s interdisciplinary research committee. After his degree, He participated in some voluntary works as the chief provost of Health, Environmental and Safety club. He is a Level 1 safety professional, and he has a certificate issued by Institute of Safety Professionals Organization of Nigeria (ISPON). This shows how Raheem Ariwoola is multi-talented.
At his leisure periods, Raheem enjoys spending his time writing basic computer programs, researching and surfing internet. In few years, he will be able to fulfill his life ambition by earning a Ph.D degree in the field of renewable energy in Electrical Engineering.

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Mohammad Moin Uddin P.E. East Tennessee State University

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Dr. Mohammad Moin Uddin is an assistant professor at the Department of Engineering Technology, Surveying and Digital Media at East Tennessee State University. His current research interest focuses on data integration and development of energy models for campus building structures for knowledge based decision making. He also contributed to data analysis methods and cost effective practices of highway construction quality assurance program. Dr. Uddin develops and implements innovative teaching strategies for engineering technology education in order to improve student engagement and knowledge retention.

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Keith V. Johnson East Tennessee State University

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Dr. Johnson is chair of the Department of Engineering Technology, Surveying and Digital Media at East Tennessee State University. He has been active with the American Society of Engineering Education for over 20 years. During that time, he have served in several capacities, including, but not limited to program chair, author, reviewer, committee member and is currently chair of the Engineering Technology Division. During his tenure at ETSU, he has authored several papers, taught numerous courses, and presented at professional meetings.

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Use of Drone for a Campus Building Envelope Study

In 2014, 41% of total U.S. energy consumption was consumed in residential and commercial buildings, or about 40 quadrillion British thermal units according to Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey. As the number of commercial buildings and floor space increasing, business, industry and government organizations are under tremendous economic and environmental pressures to reduce energy consumption and dollar savings. Building “Envelope” generally refers to those building components (walls, doors, windows and roof) that enclose conditioned spaces and through which thermal energy is transferred to or from the outdoor environment and are significant sources of heat loss. A building envelope study provides a good qualitative and analytical understanding of the thermal performance of major building envelope components, identifies major deficiencies, and helps developing appropriate energy management project to improve performance. In this building envelope study, infrared thermography (IR) will be used to assess envelope performance of ten buildings on East Tennessee State University Campus. IR provides a simple, fast, non-destructive, realistic, and reliable technology in determining the spatial temperature distributions of building envelope surfaces. An ArduCopter 3DR Hexa-C Drone and Fluke TI25 infrared hand held camera will be used to collect the data. Specially, building envelope components that are difficult to reach by handheld IR camera such as high rise windows, wall surfaces, and roof tops will be captured by the use of a FLIR lightweight infrared camera attached to the Drone. Data analysis and reports will be carried out with the use of Smartview software and FLIR Reporter pro software. It is anticipated that the data analysis will reveal various insulation defects and heat loss issues through building envelopes. Cost-effective solutions will be recommended to all problems detected which will improve long term energy efficiency of the buildings and contribute to sustainable campus infrastructure development.

Ariwoola, R. T., & Uddin, M. M., & Johnson, K. V. (2016, June), Use of Drone for a Campus Building Envelope Study Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27115

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