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09 February 2023


A Brisbane-based company combining AI, machine learning and automation technology will make its mark next month at Australia’s biggest construction expo.


A recent recipient of the Queensland Government’s Ignite Ideas Grant, Voltin will unveil its new Autonomous Building Assessment tool, the AutoBAT 3.0, at Sydney Build on 6 and 7 March. The company said the upgraded building defect detection device offers greater accuracy and at a lower cost than other market solutions.

Launched in late 2020, Voltin uses artificial intelligence and machine learning (AIML) to identify defects in multi-storey commercial and residential towers, providing early and accurate data on structural and maintenance issues.

The company has already demonstrated the commerciality of its system using the AutoBAT 2.0 data capture device that uses geotagged RGB and thermal imagery to identify specific spaces that may have defects. The device then utilises AIML technology to compare imagery alongside satellite location information to provide comprehensive assessments and reporting

Following further system improvements, the new AutoBAT 3.0 will be on display for the first time at Sydney Build. It features an enhanced software control system, higher resolution cameras and sensors in a more compact and versatile design.

The Voltin system analyses concrete, glass, metal and other surface compounds to identify defects and priorities repairs mapped on to the building model and digital building report. It offers a significant advantage for building owner and property managers by providing the clearest picture possible of the state of a building.

Voltin director Stephen Thornton said the opportunity to reduce risk for investors and asset managers, as well as improve safety outcomes for tenants makes our system a game-changer.

“Not only does the technology speed up and simplify the assessment and reporting of defects, it also provides building owners and property managers with important information on their asset’s integrity in the safest manner possible,” he said.

“Traditional façade assessments require inspectors to climb ladders or scaffolding and manually review a building exterior. While drone technology offers a safer approach to building inspections, there are restrictions on when and where drones can be used.”

For example, drones cannot be used in controlled airspace areas, plus some regulations limit their use in populated sites in most CBD areas. The AutoBAT solves this problem. It can be deployed vertically, ensuring an inspection can occur without breeching air safety regulations or requiring physical inspections in risky conditions.

The AutoBAT 2.0 has been used in around 20 high rise and multi-storey building inspections in Queensland and Voltin has keen interest from international clients. Licensing agreements and initial sales are also anticipated throughout the Asia-Pacific region, the United States, Europe and South America.

“We envisage Voltin as a collaborative business with analytical partners in Asia servicing an offshore market hubbed out of Brisbane,” Thornton said.

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