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Bluesky awarded contract to map heat loss
January 16th, 2014 by Susan Smith
As energy efficiency is of paramount importance these days, thermal survey maps can show hot spots and can identify where housing is not heated properly. This situation is called “fuel poverty” and is due to poor insulation or people simply wanting to conserve heat by not turning on the heat. The combination of thermal data with other datasets such as demographic data can help pinpoint buildings where this is the case.
UK Aerial mapping company Bluesky has been contracted to map heat loss across towns and cities covering around 10 per cent of the population. The method used to achieve this is to use specialist thermal sensors mounted on survey aircraft to record heat loss from homes and businesses. Bluesky thermal maps are used in concert with local authorities, property owners and energy companies and matched up with addresses to get accurate information on carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency in buildings. These thermal maps have also been used in the identification by authorities of illegal dwellings and drug factories.
Bluesky clients can also get detailed 3D LiDAR maps at reasonable prices. So far projects commissioned by Slough Borough Council, Birmingham City Council as well as Bury, Stafford, Coventry and Derby have been completed. Additional projects will commence in the south of England, Scotland and central London. So far Blueksy has flown about 1,250 kilometers which could potentially impact 4 million people.