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Partnership aims to create smarter buildings using digital twins

Esri UK and Tetra Tech are combining their technologies in response to the increasing demand for indoor mapping for facilities management and indoor navigation at large offices, campuses and hospitals.

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Digital twin floorplans are helping to make buildings smarter for facilities managers
Digital twin floorplans are helping to make buildings smarter for facilities managers

Geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence and mapping specialist, Esri UK, is partnering with engineering and consulting firm, Tetra Tech, to offer customers an indoor mapping and digital twin solution to create smarter buildings.

 

The companies are responding to increasing demand for indoor mapping for facilities management and indoor navigation at large offices, campuses, or hospitals.

 

The firms will work on joint projects within the facilities management, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), transport, defence and healthcare industries. One of their key focus areas will be helping organisations return to work as Covid-19 restrictions lift.

 

Combined technologies

 

Tetra Tech will provide the necessary 3D terrestrial laser scanning, data analytics and CAD to GIS expertise, while Esri UK will offer its GIS system with indoor mapping capabilities, including interactive floorplans, indoor positioning for wayfinding plus real-time people and asset tracking.

This will provide users with digital twin floorplans, helping to improve operational efficiency by giving staff a clear picture of where things are and how to reach them, for improved building performance and asset management.

 

Esri UK reports its indoor mapping customers include the University of Oxford and large energy providers, while Tetra Tech works with major energy, government and defence customers.

“We are experiencing demand from the higher education, energy, defence and healthcare sectors, as organisations look to make their buildings smarter and improve how they manage them”

“As the demand for indoor mapping starts to become more widespread, the new partnership is designed to make the process of creating indoor maps more efficient and streamlined for customers,” said Craig Evenden, head of AEC and BIM, Esri UK. “Esri UK and Tetra Tech offer very complementary skillsets, ideal for helping organisations progress their digital transformation and achieve a better understanding of their buildings and assets.

 

“We are experiencing demand from the higher education, energy, defence and healthcare sectors, as organisations look to make their buildings smarter and improve how they manage them.”

Range of services

 

Services offered by Tetra Tech include all types of fixed and handheld lidar scanning, from millimetre precision to larger-scale centimetre resolution, depending on the application. For customers which have existing CAD or BIM data, Tetra Tech offers data preparation and cleansing services.

 

Esri UK will be delivering its various software applications for indoor mapping, including ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Indoors to accommodate any type or size of project. Indoor mapping can integrate and complement existing facilities management software by giving users a geographical visualisation of their estates.

“Our leading with science approach is valued by our clients and augmented by a suite of proprietary technologies and analytical tools we call the Tetra Tech Delta,” added Jeff Van Etten, head of GIS in the UK at Tetra Tech. “We are using Tetra Tech Delta solutions to transform static CAD or BIM data into an accessible, interactive and analytical environment.

 

“We make sure the correct data, at the optimum resolution, is ready for processing by indoor mapping software. We are already seeing an increased demand for indoor mapping this year as organisations return to work and can benefit from the digitalisation of their floorplans, which leads to better facilities management going forward.”

 

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