TUS Workshops in Digital Technologies
Catherine Wall

TUS Athlone hosted several workshops on the 18th of February. Over 35 students of the Certificate in Energy Renovation of Traditional Buildings participated in four different defect detection and analysis workshops. Defect detection and analysis is one of the Energy Renovation of Traditional Buildings course modules.  It focuses on teaching students how to use the latest technologies in the practice to spot building defects in a classroom and later in actual works. 

The first two workshops focused on Building Information Modeling (BIM) and digital capture. Leica Geosystems showcased its lidar technology in action and demonstrated all the benefits of its use.  TUS lecturers, Jonathan Blackmore and Wayne Floyd presented some fantastic examples of drones. They explained the different models and gave real-life examples where drones were used to capture data for quantity surveying and more.

Lastly, former TUS students and current members of the DASBE team, Colin and Stephen conducted a workshop on the VR educational tool. They have designed a virtual traditional Munster cottage that the students examined to detect building defects such as mold, asbestos and damp. Students can familiarize themselves with different tools and methods of defect detection and analysis in a safe environment, and learn the theory all the while developing practical skills without even going on-site

It was an enjoyable and informative day for all. The next workshop, as part of the Energy Renovation of Traditional Buildings course, will be at the Ecological Building Systems to investigate suitable materials for traditional buildings. If you are interested in joining this course, please click here.

If you are interested in finding out more about other DASBE programmes, please visit https://dasbe.ie/programmes

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