Housing sites to get virtual construction inspections

Grant Prior 3 years ago
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Site managers on housing jobs can now upload photos of construction work in progress for inspection via a new app from warranty provider NHBC.

The move means building standards can be checked in real time remotely rather than waiting for an NHBC Building Inspector to physically visit sites.

The Technology Assisted Inspection app is the latest stage in the evolution of NHBC’s technical risk management strategy.

It said: “By capturing these images of ‘live’ construction, NHBC will be able to work with site managers more efficiently, as this will allow sites to quickly continue working following our digital review and feedback, rather than waiting for an NHBC Building Inspector to physically revisit the site.”

The app also creates an audit trail and training for site management teams to use it will start this month.

Diane Marshall, NHBC’s Operations Director said: “The launch of the new Technology Assisted Inspection app is a milestone moment in construction quality management.

“We are working with our registered builders and developers to gradually move our collective focus from quality control (defects correction) to quality assurance (defects prevention).

“Following a successful pilot in 2020, the new app will enable our registered builders and developers to work more efficiently on site, reduce the significant costs of remedial works and further improve new home quality for the benefit of home buyers.”

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