OrthoGraph was originally designed to support facilities management with accurate building data. But sometimes, the market presents new opportunities for us to explore. We love to listen and learn from our clients which brings us to new market segments, sometimes producing even more value for them than we originally expected. Obviously we always adapt the technology based on the requirements to have a tailor made solution for the client and the segment as well.

That’s what happened when we worked with factories and learned about the challenges of industrial operation or when counter-terrorism demands arose. They are very different segments with in most cases similar demands about data collection and use in their operation.

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BIM in the service of disaster relief, counter-terrorism, intervention management:

 In the event of a disaster or terrorist event, quick access to accurate property data and access to a 3D building model is key and can save lives. During the intervention, precise knowledge of the building provides an opportunity for quick and accurate preparation of the intervention plan, recognition of alternative rescue routes, and thus the most efficient problem solving. All this must be made available in an understandable way without prior training.

Today, it is a great difficulty to produce, keep up-to-date and involve building documentation and 3D models in planning. Even if some form of building documentation is made for a building (e.g. point cloud), due to regular changes in the building (e.g. moves, function changes, conversions), it is almost impossible to keep them up-to-date and even striving for it is very costly. Similarly, drawing models often do not contain important information such as the thickness or material of certain walls. For example, punching through a partition wall can often result in direct or easier access in a rescue situation than approaching the event through corridors. However, if the wall to be demolished is a load-bearing wall, this can lead to even greater problems. Similarly, the recognition of equipment, doors and windows or pipe systems carrying hazardous materials also determines the intervention processes – if they are known.

Another difficulty is that access to such building documentation can only be achieved by moving large data files (e.g. point cloud), not to mention their regular updating. It is also a problem that temporary, even partial data access cannot be solved with traditional CAD technologies, followed by revocation of access after the event.

With the application of the operational BIM technology spreading nowadays, practically all known problems mentioned above can be solved at once. Through it, existing building stocks can be quickly and very accurately surveyed, equipment inventory can be inventoried and by integrating it into operational processes, keeping 3D building models up-to-date is also easily solvable.

By accessing it on mobile devices and web browsers, 3D models and the entire inventory are available anytime, anywhere, and through panoramic images and photos, insight can be gained into the given location and all this can be easily shared and revoked with the application of temporary authorization. Access does not require prior training, it provides a simple, fast, natural experience.

Another advantage of the technology is that very small files have to be “travelled” on the internet, i.e. they can be used flowlessly in a low-resource environment, even in case of weak internet coverage, even during the trip running on a tablet.


Counter terrorism demands:

In high-security situations, buildings may contain sensitive data that must be protected. Only authorized personnel can enter these buildings and capture their layouts, key machines, and confidential equipment locations. Storing and handling all this data can only be done by using an environment that is running on-premise, and can be restricted to be accessed only by the authorized personnel.

OrthoGraph Operational BIM was designed with this in mind. We’ve encountered many situations where data was so sensitive that even we, as the technology manufacturers, were not allowed to access it in any format.

But what about data collection? Authorized personnel may not have architectural knowledge. No problem! OrthoGraph doesn’t require any special knowledge or tools to capture 3D Operational BIM, making it possible for anyone with authorization to collect and maintain data.

Once the data is there, it only becomes valuable if there is a simple way to use it for different purposes in integration with the required workflows. If planning access routes is the goal, or checking if something can be seen from one position in 3D, or maybe an intervention plan is to be planned by knowing the location in details, all can be served by the integration API of OrthoGraph.

By implementing this technology, maintaining detailed building data in the required depth of details and making it accessible to the right people, human lives can be saved while also protecting valuable assets.

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