ONE’s bespoke solutions for a Digital Twin platform, combining Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the Internet of Things (IoT), is a gamechanger for facilities management. It can help you to achieve Net Zero, manage energy, operating costs and provide a host of other benefits.
The benefits of visual intelligence
In ONE’s Digital Twin solution, the graphical model interface is centre-stage and easily readable (rather than the user interpreting lots of charts and raw data). It includes fully configurable tools and visually displays data that is instantly understandable and actionable.
Ultimately the combination of BIM and IoT technologies within the Digital Twin enable data-driven decisions, benefitting building operators, owners and wider society. The platform simplifies energy management – essential for decarbonisation and managing costs in the current market, monitoring asset performance and health, space utilisation as well as managing risks to safeguard property and occupants’ wellbeing.
How does it work?
Our innovative workflow combines these two technologies; BIM and IoT. We create a Digital Twin platform (ie. a digital asset mirroring and connecting to the corresponding physical asset) that turns the 3D model “live”, with configurable tools that visually display data, support the FM function, allow simulation and intervention within the real world using the digital representation. Gathering data of this kind into a graphical model provides insight and opportunity eg. strategically placed occupancy sensors provides a real-time view of how a facility is being used.
The potential to utilise 3D models generated by BIM for the Facilities Maintenance industry is widely acknowledged. As an Asset Management company or Facilities Manager, you are responsible for operating a building to ensure it remains in good health, safe, compliant by law, as well as maintaining the required levels of sustainability, efficiency and corporate social responsibility.
IoT (Internet of Things) is an emerging technology which refers to the interconnection of digital computing devices that send and receive data from the cloud. Within buildings, wireless sensors collect environmental and operational data (eg. occupancy levels, air temperature, humidity, Co2 etc…), as well as asset-specific performance data (eg. vibration, temperature, electrical consumption, proximity, etc…).
Case Studies including ONE’s HQ
As well as working with a range of fantastic clients, we are proud to have implemented this solution on our very own HQ and are realising the benefits which we can now offer to clients. We now fully understand how our employees and visitors utilise and interact with our spaces, which is allowing us to continually optimise systems and operations, whilst providing a healthy environment for employees.
The data collected, combined with intervention from our inhouse professional Building Services team, has allowed ONE to make informed decisions relating to the building’s operational energy consumption and inform our own corporate Net Zero targets, as a result we have seen an 8% reduction in carbon per employee in the last year alone. We are also investing with confidence in a series of carbon reduction improvement works to our HQ to significantly optimise energy usage such as: LED lighting with intelligent controls, installation of a highly efficient Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) in place of the AC system and replacement of the ventilation systems incorporating heat recovery and air monitor sensors, with works taking place over the Summer of 2022.
Our Digital Twin platform will monitor and report the impact that our interventions will make to continually guide optimisation, energy saving and occupancy wellbeing.
Some other example casestudy uses:
ONE’s Digital Estates team now offers digital twin services for clients with some fantastic developments around fire safety. Talk to the team today so that they can help you to manage carbon, energy, cost, risk and comfort.Back to services