Our aging physical infrastructure worldwide requires continuous and cost-effective preventive maintenance and inspection to avoid economic and environmental damage due to structural deficiencies. Traditional inspection methods are known to be time-consuming and associated with safety risk, resulting in a huge backlog of structural inspections. Potential damages can be identified too late due to poor documentation, which can lead to much more serious long-term defects. Repairs might be insufficient, and a new construction has to be built.
But maintaining physical assets consume far less resources than building new assets, ultimately reducing carbon footprint. According to the UN Environment Program, the materials used in the construction of buildings account for an estimated 9% of total energy related CO2 emissions. Recent forecasts show that raw material consumption will be doubled by 2060, even though steel, concrete and cement already make a major contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. In conclusion, UNEP points to a whole-life-cycle approach to construction as essential for increased sustainability.
And that's where we at Twinsity come in. It is our mission to make physical infrastructures and buildings safer and more durable by moving from traditional inspection to digital inspection. We empower experts to gather a complete visual documentation working as a baseline for the preventive maintenance. By increasing the frequency of inspections, damages can be detected much before they become critical or even irreparable. In this way, widespread resource consumption can be prevented at the root.
Digital technologies offer the opportunity to change traditional inspection methods from the ground up, extending the lifecycle of assets and thus contributing to a more sustainable future for our planet.