NavVis Point Cloud
A detailed point cloud as viewed from within the browser-based NavVis IndoorViewer

NavVis powers Sweden’s largest digital indoor model

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Nicola Byrne

The leading spatial intelligence provider partnered with BIM expert Zynka to scan a 1.94m sq ft digital model of the Örebro University campus, which the firms claim to be the largest in Sweden so far.

Zynka BIM scanned the project in three weeks, on behalf of government-owned developer Akademiska Hus, by using NavVis‘ M6, a 360-degree image capture tool reminiscent of Segway’s cousin. Scan data was then inputted into NavVis software IndoorViewer, which allows users to tour round buildings digitally.

Founded in 2013, Munich-based NavVis is a company on many one to watch lists, with customers including Daimler, Allianz, Huawei, Lenovo and Deutsche Telekom. In December 2018, the firm raised €35m in a Series C funding round led by Digital+ Partners.

NavVis M6

Daniel Månsson of Zynka BIM, Mikael Wetterstrand of Örebro University, and Peter Karlsson of Akademiska Hus with the NavVis M6

Peter Karlsson, innovation manager at Akademiska Hus, said: “With the scanned copy, we’ll be able to operate the premises in entirely new and sustainable ways that partly reduce the climate impact, but also learn more about the buildings in daily use. In the future, we can create even better campus environments.”

Mikael Wetterstrand, project manager for Örebro Campus Lab at Örebro University, explained the digital twin will be used for a variety of purposes: “Our students to be able to use AR, augmented reality, in apps, telephones, and glasses to navigate through the premises and find objects in the buildings. Being able to book rooms and make better use of our premises is just one of the services we see ahead of us.”

A digital twin is a virtual representation of the physical property, based on data from a variety of sources, including geographic information systems (GIS), BIM, and the Internet of Things.

NavVis Indoor Model

An aerial view of the digital model

Swedish company Zynka BIM is attempting to drive the digitisation of design, construction and facilities management throughout northern Europe. The firm offers digital building services such as the creation of digital twins and integration with existing asset information management systems.

Daniel Månsson, business area manager at Zynka BIM, said: “NavVis IndoorViewer will change the way we plan and build, but above all manage and use real estate in the future. Akademiska Hus has not only the areas needed for such a project of this size, but also a deep business understanding of the future of property management, a topic that lies at heart with us at Zynka BIM. The project with Örebro is just the beginning of an exciting development in the industry.”

According to Zynka BIM, the scan may even form the basis for a research project on AI technology.

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