Elie House

To help with asset management, and to prepare for a package of stonemasonry works, UAV 365 were asked to survey Elie House and the adjacent Orangery.

With a series of roof levels and spread over three large storeys, the House was previously inspected via scaffolding. Using drone technology, the cost and time required to inspect would be reduced massively, while accuracy and data quality would increase.

Elie House is a country house in Elie, Fife, Scotland. It is a Category A listed building. The house, built in 1697 and incorporating an earlier structure, is south facing, constructed in stone in 3 storeys, 2 bays deep with a 5-bay frontage. Later additions were made c.1770 and in 1854–55.

It is now separated into residential units. The residents association and Abbey Forth Property Management are determined to keep the property in peak condition.

Survey Method

UAV 365 deployed a Matrice M210 v2 with X7 lens set to capture the property in detail. Approximately 1100 images were captured to capture the stonework.

This data was then processed to create 3D and 2D assets. The 2D assets were arranged as orthofacades, and then split into grids. This allowed the client and their stakeholders to easily locate raw imagery, using off the shelf data management techniques.

UAV 365 approach each task with our end user in mind. Placing a unwieldy software/hardware burden on the end user is not an appropriate solution in most cases. Our approach will look to use the simplest, most universal solutions to present and arrange data.

In this case, that was a 2D jpeg image separated with a labelled grid and matched to a cloud based data folder. Easy to access and share, while also being useful on a mobile device.

We now have more dynamic but equally accessible solutions available to manage large datasets in 3D, and this is the route we would take in future.

You can explore the 3D model of Elie House here:

3D Model of Elie House

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