Helios Visions Partners with Thornton Tomasetti’s T2D2 to Provide Artificial Intelligence-Powered Drone Solution for Facade Inspection

Drone services company Helios Visions has joined forces with T2D2, a software as a service (SaaS) platform that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify and assess damage and deterioration to building envelopes and structures to provide AI-powered drone facade inspection services.

Together, Helios Visions and T2D2 will provide a robust end-to-end solution for facade condition assessment. Using the latest in drone and AI technology, the program helps support critical inspections and significantly enhances visual inspections. It also makes it easier, faster, safer and less costly to inspect structures.

“The use of drones for high-rise building façade inspections is faster and can be as much as 50% cheaper than traditional methods, which require expensive scaffolding, drops and lifts,” Helios Visions Co-founder Ted Parisot said. “With T2D2, we can streamline the facade inspection process, and greatly improve planning and decision-making for building owners and property managers. More frequent assessment of building conditions can increase safety and decrease repair costs by spotting problems before they require expensive and invasive solutions.”

T2D2, developed within Thornton Tomasetti’s CORE studio incubator and commercialized through the firm’s TTWiiN accelerator, uses data from Thornton Tomasetti’s more than 50 years of building inspection and forensic investigation work as well as detailed drone imagery provided by Helios Visions.

“The detailed drone images provided by Helios Visions allow T2D2’s artificial intelligence programs to quickly and accurately identify any issues that may exist in a building’s facade. We are excited for the ongoing partnership between T2D2 and Helios Visions, which will enable the AI program to continuously learn as more drone photometry is fed into the system,” said Thornton Tomasetti Director of CORE AI and T2D2 Founder and CEO Badri Hiriyur.

In late September, T2D2 was one of four winners in the New York City Department of Buildings’ first-ever “Hack the Building Code” Innovation Challenge, which was created to highlight ideas on how to improve building safety and modernize the development process in New York City.

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