NIS encourages the use of technology in preventing collapse
According to the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) at Lagos, the use of Global Navigation System (GNSS) Technology to monitor high-rise buildings will also help prevent building collapse.
During the press briefing, Adeleke Adesina, Chairman of the institution, disclosed that nowadays, smart cities must consider the importance of GPS technology as an important player for monitoring high-rise buildings. As the state cannot relent in constructing high-rise projects as it ensures land space planning.
Adeleke noted that it is an embarrassment that despite the availability of expansive professionals in the built environment, the state has continued to record incessant cases of collapsed buildings.
Adeleke said: “The technological improvement in global navigation satellite system techniques has allowed significant advancement of various methodologies applied to control building dynamics in real-time, especially for calculating, controlling, and interpreting satellite survey measurements.
“The real-time monitoring system works by implementing a local geodetic network with GNSS technology on the structure to be monitored. The timely identification of deformation associated with geologic hazards or ground settlement can save lives, avert large financial liabilities, and avoid severe environmental damage”.
“The advantage of using GPS technology is that it can detect if structure drifted even for a few centimeters. Besides that, GPS provides cost-effective and 3D information that is useful for structural engineers”.
Adeleke noted that “High-precision 3D Laser scanning imagery systems are used to monitor high-rise structures for deformation. Installation of the system in advanced climes to monitor the future behavior of high-rise structures to changes in the geological characteristics of the soil. Also bearing capacity that may even arise from earthquakes, tremors and other consequential processes that are of natural causes.”
While condoling all affected and present, he said deformation studies should be made mandatory by the government as a standard to check structures with more than two stories in Lagos state.
This will not only ensure the safety of lives and properties but also restore investors’ confidence in the real estate sector, which contributes significantly to the GDP of the state.