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Towards smarter campus management

TalTech has decided to take first steps towards the digitalization of their campus and build up a solid base to start using building information models (BIM) in their daily facility management (FM) processes. A sub-project called “Smart Campus” which belongs under FinEst Centre for Smart Cities was initiated in the Autumn 2021. Having a relatively tight timeline (project lasts to the end of 2022), the key is to continue from the previously learned lessons that were collected through the design and construction of Mäepealse 3 building in where as-built BIM model was a requirement. Already there some of the information requirements were reset by the owner and the development of those requirements continue in the current, “Smart Campus”, project.

As the focus is to digitize current buildings in the form of as-built BIM models, information requirements are defined and aligned considering currently available data (construction drawings), digitalization methods and the use cases for what those models will be built. As the project involves multiple buildings (Fig.1), the focus is to define rules (templates) so that all models are built up in a similar way. This includes the use of construction classification system (CCI, CCI-EE) which uniquely identify the assets in the built environment helping to use those models more easily in future developments.












Fig. 1.The first phase of digitalization will include buildings U01-06 with an approximate closed net area of 46000 m2


As-built models are just a first step in this project. Once some of as-built models are ready (second half of 2022), the use cases in terms of facility management are built up and integrations with currently available toolsets piloted. As FinEst Centre for Smart Cities carries out other projects in terms of building management as well, integrations with those project outcomes are also piloted. An example of this is “DigiAudit” which involves real-time building energy performance and indoor climate tracking based on sensor data. Firstly, as-built models in “Smart Campus” project will strongly support the integration of buildings with DigiAudit platform by providing comprehensive data. Additionally, the 3D environment can be used for detailed and easily graspedvisualization and give a valuable input for better renovation decisions or scale the output of “DigiAudit” into as-built model’s room/zone/floor level. In addition to buildings, “Smart Campus” includes the development of outer space area in a digital format which can be used for asset management activities but also involves a development of real-time parking solution.

The smart campus development is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.

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