Smart Buildings - the start of a new cooperation

Save favourite 2 Feb February 2017

The last day of January a workshop on smart building was held at Mid Sweden University in Sundsvall. Participants where real estate companies Castellum, Mitthem and Imorgon innovation together with B3IT and Sweco. All companies have ideas, knowledge and experiences from smart buildings and were gathered for an afternoon to discuss how they together can take the next step in the development.

At the workshop, Dan Hallin from B3IT started out to present their work in smart building and what opportunities and challenges they encountered in the area. Internet of Things creates completely new solutions to simplify service and maintenance of real estates. It can also improve the indoor environment for those who use the facilities and it is just the imagination that set the limits.

Dan Hallin and Partik Nordlander at B3IT have a lot of experience of Smart Buildings and want to contribute to this new cooperation.

B3IT experience that the big challenge lies within classification and analyze of the data that you receive when connecting different devices and take action on the new knowledge. They showed one good example when the real-estate owner installed sensors and cameras on the roof to measure snow depths. This, relatively easy solutions, simplify the work substantially for the caretaker that no longer had to climb up to roof for inspection if it needed to be shoveled. This saves a lot of working hours and removed a risk element. Perhaps the future can offer a remote property maintenance?

Sölve Harr from Sweco demonstrated a 3D blueprints of a smart building.

Sölve Harr at Sweco has long experience of smart buildings. He presented how BIM (Building Information Model) can be used for improving real estate development and maintenance.  He also showed several examples of real estates described with BIM. Using BIM it is possible to see the 3D blueprint of a building where all parts such as ventilation, sewer systems and walls are connected to show status to simplify service and maintenance.

Mid Sweden University also identified a need to evaluate the usages of the new teaching premises for active learning. The purpose is to learn more how the facilities are used by the students and how the study environment is to further develop the concept.


Mattias Lyxell and Robert Karlsson from Castellum listened to the news within Smart Buildings and described their view of BIM and Smart Buildings.

IoT can also be used as a method for the real-estate owner to evaluate purchase of new products and services in the buildings, to see if the purchase had the desired effect. It can also be used to evaluate environments such as open offices living conditions when it comes to for example noise, temperature and air quality. All participants on the workshop pointed out that it is very important to consider personal integrity in an early stage of the development of new IoT services.

Stefan Wassbrink works at Mitthem and want to improve their work and their tenants living conditions with IoT.

The next step in smart buildings is for the participating companies to investigate their needs and see if they there are specific challenges that the SMART project can make a demonstrator to test as a part of a smart building concept. 

The workshop was arranged as a part of the research project SMART at Mid Sweden University. The project is funded by the European regional development fund and Landstinget Västernorrland.


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