The Auroville Language Laboratory: A Remote Data Collection Journey
A remote data collection process is described, carried out for an operational but unfinished building located in the city of Auroville, India: the Auroville Language Laboratory and the Tomatis Research Centre. Coordination work was performed remotely by Transsolar KlimaEngineering staff, based in Stuttgart, Germany, while installation of devices and measurements were performed by building staff.
The selected equipment was efficient in recording data containing ambient temperature, relative humidity and surface temperature values at relevant locations on the site, both indoors and outdoors. In this way, the data collected have proven to be valid for the purposes of supporting computational simulations; as part of Transsolar engineers' assessment of the proposed climate concept for the building. Selection criteria for the devices is also explained in detail.
An applied work plan, containing specific instructions on measurement methodologies and techniques, is also well documented. The Auroville Language Lab staff had no prior knowledge of the use of this equipment. Therefore, the planning process contributed significantly to the accomplishment of the main task. Finally, a list of common problems and how to solve them is described, together with practical recommendations, aiming to be useful for anyone conducting a similar task.
Mentors: Mohammad Hamza, Michelle Hur
Daniel Lago Leal – Cuba
Daniel finished his Bachelor in Architecture in 2017. He studied at the Faculty of Architecture at the Technological University of Havana (CUJAE). He played an important role as part of the research team working on ¨Nearly Zero Energy Buildings for Urban Tourism in Havana¨, the first investigation of its kind in Cuba.