Indoor mapping service for large buildings FM launched

An indoor mapping service for facilities managers of large offices, campuses and hospitals has been launched.

Global consulting and engineering services firm Tetra Tech provides the 3D terrestrial laser scanning, data analytics and CAD to GIS expertise, while Esri UK offers its GIS system with numerous indoor mapping capabilities, including interactive floorplans, indoor positioning for wayfinding plus real-time people and asset tracking.

The firms will work on joint projects within architecture, construction, engineering, FM, transport, defence and healthcare industries. One area of focus will be helping organisations return to work as covid-19 restrictions lift.

Indoor mapping provides users with digital twin floorplans, helping to improve operational efficiency by a clear picture of where things are and how to reach them, for improved building performance and asset management.

Craig Evenden, head of AEC & BIM at Esri UK, said: “As the demand for indoor mapping starts to become more widespread, the new partnership is designed to make the process of creating indoor maps more efficient and streamlined for customers. Esri UK and Tetra Tech offer complementary skillsets, ideal for helping organisations progress their digital transformation and achieve a better understanding of their buildings and assets.” 

Jeff Van Etten, head of GIS in the UK at Tetra Tech, added: “We are using the Tetra Tech Delta suite of proprietary technologies and analytical tools to transform static CAD or BIM data into an accessible, interactive and analytical environment. We make sure the correct data, at the optimum resolution, is ready for processing by indoor mapping software. We are already seeing an increased demand for indoor mapping this year as organisations return to work and can benefit from the digitalisation of their floorplans, which leads to better facilities management going forward.” 

Image: a screengrab of indoor mapping from Esri UK

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  1. This kind of mapping is ‘cheap and cheerful’ but contains no contruction detail as a BIM or AIM would do. It is not a full support to FM activity nor does it support the Golden Thread requirement.

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