One acronym is confusing enough. But 3 in one blog post: I am challenging your patience as a reader. But we have been working with 3 very complimentary technologies:

  1. Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  2. Internet of Things (IoT)
  3. Building Information Model (BIM)

GIS provides the where component. IOT the real-time data and BIM 3D models. So as an example: let me see my office on a map. Allow me to add a CAD model of that building to that map so i can see it in 3D. And let me monitor the outside temperature, via a sensor, and get an alerts when temperatures reach a critical threshold, so heat sensitive external equipment can be safeguarded. The image below shows this scenario.

GIS IOT BIM Integration

There has been much discussion in the press about the integration of these technologies. Often that means one large proprietary solution being integrated with another. At some point these will be good solutions, but most are far away from completion. Another challenge will be cost. Simplicity and affordability are key.

Simple, Affordable GIS IOT BIM Integration

As an industry, we are still at the early stages of this integration. And there is plenty of background complexity in bringing these technologies together.

Simple and affordable has always been a driver behind our work at WebMapSolutions. Whether it be building intuitive web apps, or guiding clients on the most appropriate solution path. We were asked by a number of clients to investigate a simple affordable way to bring these technologies together. Our approach centered on open source, that allowed us to control all aspects of the integration. We decided to build web apps to leverage this integrated technology. Below is a short demo showing some of the results of our work.

GIS IOT BIM Web App

Integration of an Existing BIM Model or CAD Drawing 
A brief discussion of the technologies (based on client questions) below:
1. BIM – The standard format all web platforms support is GLTF and 3D Tiles. We support both as well. The most popular BIM formats include: .rvt, .ifc, .obj, etc. We have an approach to convert BIM models to GLTF or 3D Tiles. So data processing is a critical task. We provide data conversion services.
2. CAD – The platform does not load CAD files directly. We first convert CAD to BIM. Then convert BIM to GLTF or 3D Tiles, then load them into the platform.
IOT Integration
We wrote recently about our IOT to GIS open source solution. Our approach is to pull data from sensors in varying formats. This data is pushed into our real-time data integrator. Here we process the data, then push the data into our GIS BIM platform.
IOT Integration
Inside the platform we tie the sensor data feed to the BIM model and display the data in the web app, updating its state in real-time.
We have integrated IOT-GIS-BIM leveraging open source technologies. That has allowed us to hide complexity, and present to users a simple web based interface. Visualization has been key to our initial engagements answering a common question: “We would like to see a 3D (CAD-based) model of a building we own or manage, and to see real-time data on the state of objects (assets) in or on that building”. Deep level GIS powered questions we have now begun to answer. It has been important to us to keep our platform simple and affordable.
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