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Drone technology for condition reporting #HistoricHeritage

### dunedintv.co.nz November 7, 2014 – 7:02pm
Non-profit organisation and local pilot team up to create jobs for residents with disabilities
A non-profit organisation has teamed up with a local pilot to create jobs for Dunedin residents with disabilities. Through the use of modern drone technology, they’re hoping to kick-start a new business in the city [Ability Network Trust]. And they’d like to eventually employ disabled Kiwis across New Zealand. Video

Screenshots from Ch39 video – UAV operator Joshua Owen checks the structural integrity of St Paul’s Cathedral:

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Building facade failure: “It’s only the facade at the front that can’t be used”

What is building performance monitoring, cyclical maintenance, restoration and structural repair? Or, read: Good stewardship of the built environment is eroded by owners inclined to apathy and hands-off neglect, while they continue to extract rents from tenants.

Not helped by the Dunedin City Council’s half-baked street improvements scheme for King Edward St, South Dunedin, led by ‘feel good’ inexperienced staff. This scheme puts money to the likes of unsympathetic paintwork (destroying patina of age), ugly street furniture, and traffic management plans – rather than to the means of generating funds for building conservation, first and foremost to preserve heritage values and the community’s enduring ‘sense of place’ as the basis for future development and economic return.


Images (2010): Elizabeth Kerr

Brocklebanks Dry Cleaners owner Roger Brocklebank, whose family trust owns the building, said a family trustee had met DCC chief building control officer, Neil McLeod, about the damage yesterday.

### ODT Online Sat, 13 Aug 2011
South Dunedin building facade unsafe
By Nigel Benson
A south Dunedin building was closed by the Dunedin City Council yesterday and is likely to be condemned after its facade was discovered to be cracking and leaning. The building, on the corner of King Edward St and Carey Ave, houses four businesses; Fine Art Mounting, Dinkum Donuts, Feedback burger bar and Brocklebanks Dry Cleaners.
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