Pennoni for the 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Festival

September 24, 2014 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2014 Festival



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Set in Independence National Historic Park, Carpenter’s Hall has been continuously owned and operated since 1770 by The Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, the oldest trade guild in America. The building hosted the First Continental Congress in1774, and was also home to Ben Franklin’s Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks of the United States.

In this live, one-of-a-kind demonstration, step into the past and witness the future of laser scanning technologies. Pennoni Associates, Inc. will reveal the historic Georgian interiors of Carpenter’s Hall as never seen before by using high-end laser scanning equipment and remote-controlled aerial photogrammetry equipment (drones) to create highly accurate, survey-grade models of the physical space and objects.

You will also learn how these captured models are then brought into Autodesk’s Recap photo and into Autodesk’s Revit building information modelling (BIM) software to build a precision Revit model.

Key learning includes: hands-on demonstration about laser scanning technologies and devices; understanding of the use of UAV’s as a reality capture platform; Autodesk’s Recap photo for automated point cloud creation from captured data; Autodesk’s Revit for creation of building information models (BIM) with the point cloud data.

We sat down and talked with Pennoni about their event for the 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Festival and the future of design through the eye of a drone. Read more below and visit Pennoni on the web here.

Can you tell us more about your event?

We’ll be showing off some fantastic work by our teams on projects in the Philadelphia area, and talk about the critical aspects of laser scanning and coordinating scans with design work. We are excited to allow for hands-on experience with several of the scanning units, including a handheld device and the latest high tech Faro scanner. Folks will get to see firsthand a drone; A technology that has gotten a fair amount of press recently with the FAA weighing the pros and cons of commercial and private uses. We will be walking attendees through the process of scanning, editing scans, and using them to create building information models (BIM). BIM is the new high-quality standard for design and documentation of Architectural and Engineering design, and is minimizing waste and expense in construction. Pennoni is pleased to be an advocate of the use of technologies such as this that benefit our clients to such a great degree. Space is limited in our event so we encourage you to sign up early!

Can you talk more about planning the event - what made you decide to bring drones into such a historic building?

Philadelphia offers so many venues for presentations such as this and Carpenter’s Hall is one of most interesting and conveniently located for Philadelphia designers. The Georgian Architecture provides a fitting contrast to the innovative technologies and methods we collaborate with and provide our design partners. We have been using laser scans in our own engineering design work for years and have benefitted greatly from it, providing exceptionally accurate drawings to design partners, building owners, transportation authorities, municipalities, and other clients. We have increasingly provided this same service to Architects, Engineers, and designers with great success and felt the 10th anniversary of DesignPhiladelphia an ideal way to invite our fellow designers to experience these innovative methods.

Historic buildings such as Carpenter’s Hall fall into a special category of design, where custom detailing, woodwork and carvings come into play. Laser scanning is able to capture these unique design elements of the building and allows for precise reproduction. So hosting the presentation here makes for not only a convenient and comfortable experience but also one very relevant to the topic.

Have you discovered any secrets of Carpenter's Hall in your visits there?

Carpenter’s Hall is an amazing space and I’ve been sworn to secrecy about the secrets.

How do you see drones shaping the future of design?

Drones enable quick access to aspects of buildings previously very expensive or very time consuming to get to. Examples include building turrets, undersides of bridges, high interior spaces such as warehouses and so on. Designers can now see very high resolution imagery of these spaces and even create 3-dimensional models using a drone-mounted camera and software such as Recap Photo.

Anything else we can look forward to from Pennoni this fall?

Pennoni is continuing its work with THMPR and RABIT™ Robot Assisted Bridge Assessment Tool, the bridge inspection technologies which are providing bridge owners will new cost effective approaches to evaluate bridge condition, determine load ratings and develop data driven decisions for bridge and deck repair, restoration and rehabilitation.  These technologies allow bridge owners to generate actionable condition information the same day as THMPR and RABIT™ are utilized, extend bridge life and reduce life cycle cost.

Our work on the new Comcast tower at 1800 Arch street continues to grow as construction is underway. Laser scanning the new tower periodically as construction continues is under discussion and will aid in monitoring construction progress and phasing of trades, as well as allowing better coordination by stakeholders.

Pennoni will be growing again, this fall expanding our services to Florida. Stay tuned for the official announcement!

All photos compliments of Pennoni: click here to visit Pennoni on the web and click here to watch their video on Sister Cities Park.

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