Automated retrieval of photo data for asset information requirements (AIR) input using Python


This study provides a potential solution that may improve productivity in the current facility management industry. An accurate and updated building asset information plays a crucial role in ensuring facilities management’s effectiveness and efficiency. Maintenance and operation require accurate building asset information to improve the maintenance process. An automated solution has earlier been developed to extract data from the equipment asset list in PDF files to the AIR template in excel. However, to ensure that the extracted information from the equipment asset list is accurate and updated, the AIR template must be verified against the onsite images. The current practice in the industry involves manual entry of information from images as well as the manual verification process. This practice requires more staff and time needed to consolidate the image information. With the increasing number of image information to consolidate, the rate of error also increases. An automated solution is developed and tested to extract data from images and to verify the AIR template for PDF files in this study. The solution aims to reduce staff and time needed to complete the task without compromising the accuracy. The developed solution’s test results show that it can reduce the time taken significantly and improve accuracy during data collection and verification. The survey done after the test provides insights and possible improvement for the developed solution.

Keywords: Asset Information Requirements (AIR), Digital Facility Management, Productivity, Python, Automated Image Retrieval

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Cite as: “Kwok NQ, Fadeyi MO, and Low MYH (2021). Automated retrieval of photo data for asset information requirements (AIR) input using Python. Built Environment Applied Research Sharing #06. ISSUU Digital Publishing.”

Published by Moshood Olawale Fadeyi

Dr. Moshood Olawale Fadeyi is a sustainable building professor with specialisation in sustainable building value delivery education at the Singapore Institute of Technology. He is also an architect, an indoor air quality expert, a chartered engineer (UK) – building services, a chartered construction manager (UK), a cartoonist, and a specialist adult educator. He holds four university degrees, including a Ph.D. in Indoor Environment and Energy from the National University of Singapore and the Technical University of Denmark. He is architecture (BSc Arch and M.Arch.), building science (MSc.), and engineering (Ph.D.) trained. He is a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (UK), Chartered Institute of Building (UK), and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, & Air-conditioning Engineers. He is well suited for architecture, interior design, building science, and architectural/building services engineering education. He has experience and expertise in developing undergraduate and postgraduate curricula to make students job-ready upon graduation. He is currently researching to develop an understanding that provides direction for educating learners on how to solve sustainable building value delivery problems. He engages in research for education because he wants to contribute to the human empowerment needed to improve industry practice and healthy living. Under the sustainable building value delivery theme, he focuses on indoor air quality value delivery and value-oriented productivity in sustainable building design, construction, and management practices. His research for education effort is enhanced by his fundamental knowledge and skillsets in building information modelling and other digital solutions adoption, design, critical, reflective, scientific, and lean thinking, fine art, oral and written communication, and storytelling. He has published more than 200 applied learning, discovery research, and literature review articles and creative works (fine art and creative writing) to develop an understanding of solving sustainable building value delivery problems. Companies and government agencies highly seek his expertise and leadership skills. He is the Editor, Author, and Cartoonist of Indoor Air Cartoon Journal – a creative and applied learning journal providing education on indoor air quality, with audiences from over 100 countries. He is a former National Taekwondo Champion in Singapore – Black Belt Middle-Heavy Weight category, 2006.

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