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Towards the Use of 3D Thermal Models in Constructions

3D Visual Computing & Robotics Lab, Castilla-La Mancha University, 13071 Ciudad Real, Spain
Electrical, Electronic, Control, Telematics and Chemistry Applied to Engineering Department, National University of Distance Education, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Modeling and Energy and Structural Analysis in Building and Civil Works, Castilla-La Mancha University, 16002 Cuenca, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8521;
Received: 16 September 2020 / Revised: 10 October 2020 / Accepted: 14 October 2020 / Published: 15 October 2020
The use of point clouds in architecture and civil engineering has, to date, been limited almost exclusively to functional geometric features. Nevertheless, hardly any works have attempted to process and explore 3D thermal models for buildings. This paper presents a method for the visualisation and exploration of 3D thermal models (3D-T) of building interiors. A 3D-T model consists of a thermal point cloud, which has been generated with a 3D thermal-scanner platform. Given a 3D-T of a building at a specific time, the user can visualise and navigate through different room models and each room can, in turn, be segmented into its architectonic components (walls, ceilings and floors), from which thermal orthoimages can be generated. When the building is sensed at different times, a 3D temporal-thermal (3D-TT) model is integrated. The temporal-thermal evolution of these structural components, along with selected zones of them, can then be analysed by performing a new type of thermal characterisation. This method has successfully been tested using real building-related data. View Full-Text
Keywords: 3D thermal models of buildings; 3D data analysis; 3D visualisation 3D thermal models of buildings; 3D data analysis; 3D visualisation
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Adán, A.; Quintana, B.; García Aguilar, J.; Pérez, V.; Castilla, F.J. Towards the Use of 3D Thermal Models in Constructions. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8521.

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Adán A, Quintana B, García Aguilar J, Pérez V, Castilla FJ. Towards the Use of 3D Thermal Models in Constructions. Sustainability. 2020; 12(20):8521.

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Adán, Antonio, Blanca Quintana, Juan García Aguilar, Víctor Pérez, and Francisco J. Castilla. 2020. "Towards the Use of 3D Thermal Models in Constructions" Sustainability 12, no. 20: 8521.

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