Dr Andrew Agapiou

Dr Andrew Agapiou - Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture

University of Strathclyde


The ability to accurately detect errors and defects in remote and hard-to-access buildings has significant value for the organisations who own them and their stakeholders. In many situations, these structures are inspected extensively using digital cameras to capture images which can be analysed offline by experts who study the footage in detail. The aim of this project is to:

a) see how desktop and mobile capture methods can extend and enhance that approach, and

b) understand how such capture methods can be combined with AI technologies, in order to make the identification and sizing of any errors or defects faster and more repeatable, all within a VR- related context.

This project will enable building professionals and consultants to manage and monitor the construction phase of buildings and improve productivity and quality, with fewer defects in the long term, via an online platform. The same digital platform can provide occupants and the wider community with meaningful ways to engage and contribute to a building programme. To make good on these promises, the project proposes a framework for integration of methodologies and tools including VR, and digital photogrammetry to collect real-time data that support automated decision making.

From a practical point of view, the novel platform will create a 3D immersive environment of a building which can assist the safe operation by limiting the need for quantity surveyors and health and safety inspectors to be physically present. This is a step towards addressing the limitations and difficulties faced by building control inspectorate when undertaking inspections on remote, inaccessible sites. This platform will also provide opportunities for building control compliance activities.

Speaker biography

Dr Andrew Agapiou is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde.

He delivers the Professional Studies programme to both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Architecture. Andrew has also lectured on the LLM Construction Law programme within Strathclyde's Law School. He is an Associate Member of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. Andrew has over 70 high-impact publications in the areas of integrated Architecture-Engineering-Construction Interfaces and ICT supported collaborative technologies. He also has a growing reputation within professional circles and has recently been appointed to a number of prominent positions, reflecting his interests in the legal aspects of the construction process, including membership of the Place and Design Panel for West Dunbartonshire and the Royal Institute of British Architects Professional Conduct Panel. Andrew is also a Trustee of the Architects Professional Examination Authority Scotland and the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust.

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