GeoBIM enabling digitalization for Ajman Municipality

Are you one of the many municipalities that is struggling with a manual, long, and inefficient building design validation and approval process? Are you trying to start your journey towards a BIM-based design validation and approval process in an easily accessible and seamless environment? Is a lot of legacy building design information still handled in paper format or as independent CAD/PDF files?

Discover how the implementation of a GeoBIM for the Municipality of Ajman enabled the digitalization and automation of the submission, validation, and permit process by integrating Building Information Models (BIM) and geospatial technology to derive business value out of legacy building plans!



The Client: Building Permit department of Ajman municipality in the UAE

This project was executed for the Building Permit department of Ajman municipality in the United Arab Emirates. This department is responsible for the issuing of Building Permit Approvals as well as the management and maintenance of building plan / permit drawings. They partnered with Avineon to investigate their existing processes and, ultimately, implement a Geo-enabled Building Information Model (GeoBIM).

The Challenge: Digital integration of information

Digitalization is currently driving the entire society. It is manifesting itself in many process-oriented fields, including urban planning, building permission, and emergency management processes, characterized by a high number of involved stakeholders, both from the industry and authority side. In order to increase efficiency of these processes, it is necessary to digitally integrate information, both between stakeholders and between processes.

The building permission process is, to a large extent, a continuous process where much information is still handled in paper format or as independent CAD/PDF files. With digitalization comes the potential to automate the submission, validation, and permit processes by adopting / integrating Building Information Models (BIM) of planned buildings and geospatial technology – allowing a 3D visualization of the building, and thus making it easier to check if the building complies to building permission regulations and city master plan requirements.

Many entities are still struggling with a manual, long, and inefficient building permission process. The Building Permit department of the Ajman municipality in the United Arab Emirates particularly faced issues in terms of receiving building plan drawings in the form of 2D CAD drawings, which did not facilitate the municipality to visualize building elements in a 3D environment or easily validate plans against building standards. In addition, the 2D CAD drawings also complicated the execution of standard building data analytics based on certain defined criteria.

The Solution: An interactive BIM viewer application

Avineon partnered with Ajman Municipality as a consultant to study their existing processes, investigate the CAD templates currently in use, and perform a gap analysis with respect to Building Information Model (BIM) standards and readiness to adopt – all in effort to build an enterprise application that enables:

(i) converting 2D CAD files to BIM
(ii) converting BIM to GIS
(iii) develop an interactive BIM viewer application.

The municipality wanted to reap the benefits of an enterprise geo-enabled, BIM-based, 3D building model, that can virtualize a building; starting with the geo-location of the building, over to the validation of building code guidelines for CAD/BIM drawings, and also including the execution of analytics across buildings and regions.

In addition, the municipality wanted to convert existing buildings from archived CAD drawings to a geo-enabled BIM environment to enable a seamless view and analysis.

Avineon worked with Ajman municipality to perform the following tasks:

  • The development of BIM data standards, specifications, and a GeoBIM data model
  • The development of a CAD template, standards, and specifications to be adopted for future CAD drawings submissions by consultants, developers, and designers
  • The development of tools to convert 2D CAD floor plans to BIM, and convert BIM to GIS
  • The conversion of close to 15,000 legacy building floor plans from paper/CAD to BIM
  • The re-engineering of the business process for design review by the municipality. This was done by generating a Revit model from CAD, by using automated tools, and the loading of this model into the 3D GIS application
  • The development of a 3D GIS application for viewing and analyzing BIM models along with query, search, filter, and analytical tools. In addition, this 3D GIS application was integrated with the existing GIS systems and database
  • While providing consultancy to the municipality, Avineon also focused on developing System Architecture and IT infrastructure sizing to enable system performance.

The Result: A digitalized building design validation/approval process

The digitalization of the building permit process does not only set standard templates and specifications to enable multiple stakeholders to submit building designs in BIM up to LOD 500, but also enables to visualize buildings in GIS before approving designs.

The Geo-enabled BIM helps engineers with the handling of the building permit process, as it allows them to view integrated designs, including utilities, in a seamless web environment. In addition, the Geo-enabled BIM enables the execution of certain analytics, like cooling demand of the building, built-up area vs. parcel area, shadow analysis, Gate level, borewell data (soil analysis), and other analytics which are vital to check before permitting the construction.

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GeoBIM enabling digitalization for Ajman Municipality2021-01-11T09:41:04+00:00

Preserving the Everglades

A Baseline for Future Restoration

Action starts with observation…The Water Resources Department (WRD) for the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians focused on this strategy for the degraded 9,000-acre marsh located within the Tribe’s territory in Broward County, Florida. With a goal of monitoring, preserving, and restoring the habitat of the Everglades, the Miccosukee WRD was looking for a partner who could:

  • Create and maintain a baseline for the Everglades region and
  • Evaluate the success of hydro-pattern and ecological restoration activities in the future.

The Miccosukee WRD partnered with Avineon to consult and produce mapping products as a foundation for highly accurate trend analysis of the vegetative, soil, and topography of the area. With expertise in mapping systems and GIS data acquisitions, Avineon analyzed the geographic data that was already created within the Miccosukee WRD. Based on this analysis, a strategy and process map was developed to:

  1. Update the regional views with aerial images created by ortho photogrammetry
  2. Update fieldwork by using integrated GPS
  3. Create Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) from stereo imagery and High Accuracy Reference Network (HARN) Control points

To get a complete picture of the region, Avineon also derived soil maps from existing hydrology, vegetation, and geology cartography.

Miccosukee Alligator Alley Federal Reservation

Miccosukee Tribe Alligator Alley Federal Reservation Triangle Area Vegetation Classification

With various photo interpretation and meshing techniques, Avineon was able to create comprehensive regional views of the Everglades.  As baseline vegetation classification maps, these views helped the Miccosukee WRD maintain and preserve the surrounding habitat and plan future restoration activity.

Preserving the Everglades2017-09-21T21:00:41+00:00

City Visualization

Detailed 3D Maps for the City of Brussels

Nowadays city stakeholders (companies, inhabitants, urban planners, city agencies etc.) have an increasing need to plan, view and simulate various aspects of the environment, weather, growth, and density of a city. The issues that require cities consider 3D models include shadow or noise impact, wave propagation, a line of sight analysis, urban planning, flood analysis, etc. Only with detailed, immersive visualizations and maps, can stakeholders truly get a picture of how these various dynamics affect the city.

The Centre of Informatics for Brussels Capital Region (CIBG) needed a detailed 3D model of buildings in the city of Brussels to accurately model the mobile phone signal reach and penetration throughout the city. With a model, the CIBG could determine if and where additional telecommunication antennas were needed.

For the required level of detail, simple block models would not suffice. CIBG needed detailed and accurate roof structures to adequately model signal wave penetration and come up with the best location to place antennas. The city engaged Avineon to create a process to integrate various source data format including vector data, Digital Terrain Models (DTM), ortho-photos, stereo-imagery and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data into an immersive 3D model of the entire region comprised of over 250.000 buildings and over 200 bridges.

Using newly acquired aerial images, Avineon first updated the 2D maps which served as a basis for the 3D model. All differences between vector data and the aerial images were identified, marked and sent to a photogrammetry team that did the update via stereo-restitution. This resulted in an up-to-date 2D base map.

Belgium CIBG

In a multi-step process, Avineon then created 3D building footprints, perfectly aligned with the updated 2D map, and corresponding to the height of the Digital Terrain Models, as well as detailed roofs and walls. For most buildings, Avineon developed a semi-automatic process based on the LiDAR data, which was acquired at the same time as the aerial images that were used for the 2D Map updates. For modeling landmarks and complex buildings such as churches, unique skyscrapers, and sports stadiums, Avineon used manual modeling techniques based on their expertise in stereo-restitution.

Belgium CIBG

Though not part of the scope of the work with CIBG, Avineon could have also used oblique image integration to create additional texture of buildings in and around the city. This could eventually allow a city add a level of immersion that accounts for detailed views of various scenarios and simulations but this was ultimately unnecessary for CIBG’s study.

With a comprehensive strategy, Avineon was able to deliver a rich 3D model of the city of Brussels to the CIBG for their specific purposes. The model was also made available for public and private use for city stakeholders of Brussels.

To see maps for yourself and read more on the project, click to go to the article in LiDAR Magazine.

City Visualization2017-09-25T19:14:27+00:00

Program Management Office Support

Using SharePoint to Manage and Standardize Processes for Sites within the US Marine Corps System Command (MCSC)

As a part of their mission to support, equip, and sustain marine operating forces and forces preparing to deploy, the United States Marine Corps System Command (MCSC) needed a centralized system to allow Product Managers and Assistant Program Managers to follow standardized processes for business workflows and overall site management.

But thats just the start…

With various products and programs scattered throughout Program Management Office of the Marine Command, Control, and Communications division (PM MC3), managing the migration of sites from legacy systems while ensuring horizontal/vertical collaboration and visibility required a well designed, developed, and administered enterprise environment. PM MC3 engaged Avineon to develop and administer a fully-functional and integrated SharePoint Portal as a means to further achieve the agency’s mission.

Develop policies, and plans

Upon contract award, Avineon developed an enterprise governance and change management policy that the agency used to develop, deploy, and support its SharePoint infrastructure. This policy governed migration of legacy sites into the new enterprise MC3 environment and sustainment of all MC3 sites. The document defined the electronic Configuration Control Board (eCCB) process used to validate all requested system changes, prioritize development tasks, and vet any new system requirements.

Careful Analysis and Custom Development

After reviewing the overall organization of PM MC3 and the numerous sites used across the agency, Avineon created a plan to develop an integrated enterprise MC3 SharePoint environment and associated knowledge management activities. Avineon analyzed business processes, designed SharePoint workflows, developed SharePoint applications, maintained document and file storage, and designed the web and graphical content. Avineon coordinated multiple SharePoint site collections within PM MC3, for a total of 350 sub-sites that are visited and used for business automation by over 3,000 users. With the overall topography of the programs and products of the PM MC3 defined, Avineon then created an overarching web application to manage all of the sites within the agency to integrate and standardize functionality across all the SharePoint sites.

ArcFM Go Live Events

Avineon also implemented a process to develop a SharePoint Request Site, which provides a single tool to manage user requests, requirements for changes or new capabilities, prioritization of requirements, assignment of developers to specific changes, testing assignments and results, and deployment decisions for capabilities. This system and tool was used to successfully vet requirements and track progress on 11 different development projects initiated and completed for MC3 after the SharePoint implementation.

SharePoint Implementation

Throughout the engagement, Avineon met all major deliverable and milestone schedules. Avineon kept the PM MC3 apprised of the project plan and updated the status of deliverables in an overall Monthly Status Reports (MSRs) to deliver the project on time and on budget while achieving 100% performance on service level objectives.

Program Management Office Support2017-09-25T19:30:49+00:00