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

Assoc. Prof. Moshood Olawale Fadeyi is an Associate Professor of Sustainable Building Value Delivery Education at the Singapore Institute of Technology. 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. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is architecture (BSc Arch and M.Arch.), building science (MSc.), and engineering (Ph.D.) trained. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is an architect, an indoor air quality expert, chartered engineer (UK) – building services, chartered construction manager (UK), cartoonist, and specialist adult educator. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (UK), Chartered Institute of Building (UK), and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is well suited for architecture, interior design, building science, and architectural/building services engineering education. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi has experience and expertise in developing undergraduate and postgraduate curricula to make students job-ready upon graduation. Since 2018, Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi focuses more on education. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi's education practice includes research that aims to understand how students and industry professionals should be educated to develop the fundamental knowledge and skillsets for defining and solving a problem for value delivery instead of solving a problem that does not exist or providing a solution to a problem that exists. The theme of his education practice is sustainable building value delivery education. Under this theme, he has in-depth expertise in indoor air quality value delivery education and value-oriented productivity education (in sustainable design, construction, and facility management practices). Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi's education practice is enhanced by his fundamental knowledge and skillsets in design, critical, reflective, scientific, and lean thinking, fine art, oral and written communication, building information modelling and other digital solutions adoption, and storytelling. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi has published more than 200 applied learning, discovery research, and literature review articles and creative works (fine art and creative writing) contributing to applied learning pedagogy enhancement and scientific evidence on new knowledge. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi's expertise and leadership are highly sought after by companies and government agencies. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is the Editor, Author, and Cartoonist of Indoor Air Cartoon Journal – an applied learning journal providing education on indoor air quality, with audiences from over 100 countries. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is a former National Taekwondo Champion in Singapore - Black Belt Middle-Heavy Weight category, 2006.

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