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Drone to Take Closer Look at Historic Facility


By Dan Hounsell Maintenance & Operations

Pennsylvania State University will kick off a multi-phase exterior maintenance project on its most iconic building, Old Main, with a preliminary survey. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or “drone”), along with telephoto equipment, will be used to evaluate the exterior of Old Main.

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates has been selected as the lead firm on the project. The team will perform a comprehensive assessment of exterior systems, including existing windows, masonry, metalwork and roofing. During the course of the investigation, interior spaces associated with the exterior systems will also be evaluated.

Bringing their experience on historic structures both nationwide and on campus, including the Washington Monument and Schwab Auditorium, the firm team will conduct a ground survey on Monday, April 10.

The results of the assessments will be used to plan a multi-phase maintenance project with design work to begin this fall. A more comprehensive survey of Old Main will occur this summer.

Read more here.

This Quick Read was submitted by Dan Hounsell, editor-in-chief of Facility Maintenance Decisions, dan.hounsell@tradepressmedia.com. To read more about the potential of drone use to support facilities maintenance and engineering, visit https://www.facilitiesnet.com/16438FMD.

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