MORE BENEFITS OF CONNECTING DATA
That is a good summary of what we’re trying to do with GeoBIM. Now, clearly not everyone yet has rich models of their entire estates. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t an awful lot that can be done by connecting the information that we do have with geospatial information and other datasets now.
As I said, it’s a very, very clear proposition.
We’ve got customers who have lots and lots of assets, and their overall goal, like Sainsbury’s, is digitising their entire estate so that they can make quicker and better decisions.
What we found initially, even at the simplest level, is if we can geolocate those assets on a map, suddenly the level of engagement that we get from parties within the client, particularly those in operations who previously have found it difficult to get engagement, the moment they see something that’s tangible – it becomes a game changer.
Not only that – this isn’t just about visualisation and the equivalent of Google Maps, this is about taking that information and overlaying it with other datasets that might be in entirely different physical locations. I can think of a question, and so long as there are datasets to support it, then in theory I can answer it.
You can see here that this is the actual Thames Water system. We have little points within this system which reflect assets and projects that Thames Water Capital delivery have, which used to be available only in a folder structure. Which is fine, if it’s well structured. But it’s not as easy as ‘here’s a map, zoom into where I’m interested in, find the projects and go’.
Also, at the same time, get it to tell me all of the other context of projects, so that if I’m someone carrying out operations, not only can I get the relevant information before I go, I can optimise my work as well.
So, if we are zoomed in here, we can see this is the current information which is streamed directly from Ordnance Survey, overlaid with data that we’ve got within what we would call a Common Data Environment – be that that’s in drawings, be that that’s in models. So, this is about overlaying that rich information and then you can of course filter out things you’re interested in.