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Technology and surveying
This paper offers a light-hearted look at how surveying technology has improved over the years and explores the risks and rewards for those who adopted early and the pitfalls for those who stood by and watched others prosper. The author is an advocate and fan of exploiting infrared cameras to survey buildings — negating the need for destructive testing and adding a degree of impartiality to the market. Rather than focusing on one technology in particular, the paper introduces some general concepts and challenges, offering a viewpoint of the relevant issues from both sides of the fence.
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Stewart Little is Chief Executive of IRT Surveys, the largest independent infrared building surveying practice in the UK. Stewart began his career as an architectural technician and spent five years with Germany’s largest waterproofing company, Bauder, in a technical specification and sales role, before setting up IRT in 2002. Today IRT boasts nine UK offices with key clients including British Gas, SSE, Aberdeen Council, over 120 housing associations and many leading building surveying practices. Stewart has overseen the growth of IRT and helped ensure the company remains firmly at the forefront of this emerging technology. It offers drone surveys, visual and thermal surveys and has developed bespoke software that automates the retrofit journey for social housing providers.