Ageing building stock raises maintenance concerns

Legacy of poor quality, workmanship affects Dubai's ageing buildings.

Thermal imaging hones in on quality hot spots.
Thermal imaging hones in on quality hot spots.

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Maintenance and efficiency problems related to poor-quality installation and commissioning are likely to increase as Dubai’s building stock ages.

The MD of a new MEP inspection service says his idea for using thermal imaging technology came about when he first arrived in the UAE about six years ago.

“I found that some standards of workmanship leave a lot to be desired,” says Iain Fryer of Trent Technical Services LLC.

“I realised some sort of inspection company was needed, an independent third party, to carry out inspections for various developers, main contractors and even owners. Our target market at the moment is obviously the owners’ associations that are being established as a result of the new strata laws taking effect,” says Fryer.

“We also target major developers, and then also the ordinary person who has just invested in a villa and wants to be made aware of the potential for any risks in terms of the quality of installation work,” says Fryer.

Fryer says that such problems related to poor-quality installation and commissioning are likely to increase as Dubai’s building stock ages.

The major benefit of thermal imaging is that it is non-intrusive, meaning no plants have to be switched off, while the reports themselves can be generated within hours.

Read the full interview in the October issue of MEP Middle East.

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