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virtual inspections

Discussion in 'Code Administration' started by ICE, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. ICE

    ICE Moderator

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    I have been asked to come up with the pros and cons of virtual inspections. Your help with that would be appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. cda

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    Residential or commercial??


    I could see use on some inspections

    I would want video though
     
  3. e hilton

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    Should work well, as long as you had 2-way commo with the the person on site, and they pointed the camera at what you wanted to see. Travel time would drop to zero, but time “on site” would probably increase by 50%.
     
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  4. cda

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    1. What medium would be used or accepted

    2. How would it get from contractor to city

    3. How will the city store it

    4. Does the city have the storage capability

    5. Quality of product
     
  5. TheCommish

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    video is not being there, how much do you see just walking up to the site, what is outside of the field of view of the video feed
     
  6. Pcinspector1

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    ICE, One issue is that the person doing the video has to stay back a bit or the video can be used over and over from job to job to try to fool you. So communication when doing the video would be important I would think.

    TheCommish has a good point, "they" would only show you what "they" want you to see, not so much as what you want to see.

    Could you look at a breaker panel and make the inspection? We see them posted here, but we would want to see the grounding also.
     
  7. steveray

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    I did two res remodels the other day....Basic master bed/ bath....2.5 hours......Not efficient....I could see it for HVAC swaps and services in the future though...
     
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  8. Keystone

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    -all inspections shall be scheduled as any other inspection.

    -all inspections shall be in real-time.

    -all inspections shall include copy and video proof of approved plans onsite.

    -all inspections shall include responsible person in charge through entirety of inspection.

    -emergencies shall be handled on a case by case basis with no guarantee of an inspection.

    -bad wireless connections shall be rescheduled.

    Many other great ideas posted above.
     
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  9. Keystone

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    Virtual inspections for following load paths would seem to be difficult as with other multi floor level inspections.
     
  10. Pcinspector1

    Pcinspector1 Platinum Member

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    Virtual inspections for footings may be problematic?

    Good luck on a rough-in can't see lumber grading when I'm there!
     
  11. e hilton

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    So if you can’t see it live, what do you do?

    Good points from several people. But as long as you have live video and voice with the person on site, it can be done. Just have him (or her) keep moving the camera to show you want you want to see. If he doesn’t cooperate, terminate the call and fail the inspection.
     
  12. linnrg

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    Years of inspecting has made me see lots of things the contractor never sees. I posted a pipe penetration that was made in the labeled fire wall (see average day thread), at the time of that inspection there were 4 of the general contractors people in that large boiler room. None of those people had even noticed. But i saw it in just a few seconds.

    Yesterday the contractor was wanting me to approve some wallls at the hospital. The GC said he was hoping to install the large cabinets to him I said have you checked the cabinet layout versus the location of the required existing rated access door to the fire damper? Sure enough it was a conflict. I have so many times seen things that good contractors miss because I have been trained to look at all details. I am currently trying to get some fire sprinkler obstructions taken care of that I am sure I was the only one to notice.

    So if the camera operator was very helpful and willing to act completely at my command - maybe. I would have to say this might work for minor things but for me the camera must roll from the address proving front door on into the project.

    I am not seeing this as a viable option.

    For what it is worth. In a short while I will be doing a foundation inspection and it would sure be nice to not walk in the mud. The contractor is very good and very experienced but the crew he had there the other day were mostly new to me.
    Typing on this GD tablet is driving me nuts!!!
     
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  13. ADAguy

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    Only for simple installs: Residential Hot water heaters, dishwasher's, others?
    LA County trying this during virus.
     
  14. my250r11

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    Isn't that the truth.
     
  15. Pcinspector1

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    Get a ladder!
     
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    If anyone needs/ wants, one of my good buddies put together a great remote video guideline...PM me
     
  17. cda

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    Piling on

    How many inspectors will be assigned to watch the video games

    How many will be trained


    Will there be a que line for contractors to send video
     
  18. e hilton

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    My point exactly. If you would get a ladder, them make the person with the camera get on a ladder.

    I think this is a great idea. Might not work for all inspections or all sites, but it will work for some.
     
  19. cda

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    I keep trying to get my boss to let me inspect by drone.

    Gos the job site

    launch

    it gets there

    fly around, hover where needed

    can do top to bottom
     
  20. ADAguy

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    For certain instances as in above ladder height, drones are great.
     
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