Visualizing subterranean infrastructure with Augmented Reality

 

The SIM application (Subterranean Infrastructure Map App and Service) is developed to ease construction and digging projects by visualizing underground infrastructure with augmented reality.

Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data[1]. The applications EVRY develop uses augmented reality technology to present cadastral data which is distributed by the proDataMarket platform. With a connection to proDataMarket, SIM downloads subterranean infrastructure data that exists at the user location. This data is then used to visualize the underground grid of pipes and cables as well as give information about the pipe or cable. If there are a lot of pipes in a given area there could potentially be too much information to augment at a time. The user can then filter out pipe groups (such as water, sewage, electricity) to be able to get a more relevant view.

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Relevant information could be a pipes depth, the pipes owner as well as the age and material of the pipe. An issue with data like this is that it is often private. Data are also often owned by different actors, and a challenge is to give them incentive to share their data.

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One of the major technical challenges the development team have been facing, is the lack of accuracy on mobile devices. The GPS receivers and built-in compass on mobile devices are not accurate enough to give an exactly correct representation of the pipe grid. It is possible however to increase the GPS accuracy by using an external GPS receiver. But even though the GPS is correct, a small error with the heading will still create unwanted results. In addition to positioning, another challenge is the data quality in a given area. To create a good augmented reality experience, the framework needs to know the height above mean sea level. This is not always given information in the data set.

 

To accommodate these challenges, SIM has a calibration functionality that can “move” the pipe grid according to a given heading. It also has a call to “Google Elevation Service” to get the pipe grids height so that it does not rely on elevation data. If the augmented experience is still not sufficient, SIM also includes a 2d Map so the user may get an overview of the pipe grid

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If the user for some reason does not want to use the device camera (i.e. poor lightning conditions, broken lens etc.) or does not want to relocate to see the pipe grid, a Google Street View module is also implemented. This is a regular Google street view, with the pipe grid integrated so the user can stay at one location and see the pipe grid at another location.

 

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_reality

 

Statsbygg in proDataMarket project

Who we are?

Statsbygg is the Norwegian government’s key advisor in construction and property affairs, building commissioner, property manager and property developer. Statsbygg has 880 employees, around one half of them are personnel connected to our properties. The head office is situated in Oslo and there are regional offices in Oslo, Porsgrunn, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromsø.

What we do

Statsbygg is a public sector administration company responsible to the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation (KMD), Statsbygg provides appropriate, functional premises to public sector enterprises, as well as realising prevailing sociopolitical objectives in relation to architecture, governmental planning interests, preservation of heritage sites and the environment.

Role in the proDataMarket project

Statsbygg participates in the proDataMarket project as a large industry partner and has the roles as domain expert, data and service provider. Our focus will be on adding values to the data market and service innovations. Below are the two business cases Statsbygg is going to realize in the project.

 

Business Case SoE: Statsbygg has been responsible for reporting real properties owned by the public sector in Norway. The current way to collect data is resource demanding and erroneous. The dataset involved includes themes like national cadastral data, universal design, cultural heritage data etc. The integrated open property data in proDataMarket is expected to significantly reduce the scope of data collection since only key information is needed to be collected and the rest of information like address, owner can be deducted. The target new service will assist and innovate the reporting process and also improve the data quality of the report.

 

Business Case RVAS: The risk and vulnerability analysis in the early planning process is one of the most important tasks for construction and rehabilitation projects. The analysis needs information like cadastral data, cultural values of a property, universal design status, and many other natural geographical and environmental data such as quick clay, soil contamination etc., which are spread in different sectors and data sources. Some of them are exposed as open map services and some are accessible via web applications. Currently GIS applications are normally used to support the cross-domain task by providing the map services as map layers for analysis. Integrating the different data sources in proDataMarket is expected to simplify the analysis and provide the possibility to innovate the Risk and Vulnerability Analysis Service.

Istat and Statistics in proDataMarket project

Istat, the Italian National Institute of Statistics is a public research organization and is the main producer of Official Statistics in Italy.  It  was created  in 1926 under the name of “Central Institute of Statistics”.  The idea was to have a single and independent body to produce social and economic data useful for citizens, policy makers and in general for the whole Country. With more than 2000 employees, one main office in Rome and 18 regional  offices,  Istat produces constantly high quality data about social and economic phenomena. Istat is also the main organization inside the National Statistical System, a national network that connects together Public Administrations, local and regional bodies, Chambers of Commerce and other local organization’s statistical departments.   Istat is also one of the members of the European Statistical Network, an international  Community lead by Eurostat that works not only to provide comparable statistics at the European level but also promoting common projects for data harmonization, data sharing and statistical data transmission.

What we do

Statistics  means “science of the state”. By means of statistics, governments all over the world measure economic and social development as well as citizens wellbeing: living conditions, health, work, education, environment, social relationships. All official statistics are produced using administrative archives, sample surveys and censuses. Census is the most important and complex survey carried out by Istat. The last population and housing census  was carried out in October 2011 involving more than 24 millions households and more than 14 million buildings.

Role in proDataMarket project

Istat not only produces statistics to support the government or local administrations for decision making processes, but also to provide high quality data for universities, researchers, professionals, journalists, businesses. The awareness about the value of data and about the opportunities that data can offer to citizens and in general to the market is the main reason for Istat to join and to support the proDataMarket project. In this project, the Istat role is not only as a data provider, but also to support the project for data quality production as well as for methodological aspects when data are used in the expected business cases. More precisely, Istat will support business cases related to real estate market. The goal is to make data more accurate and suitable to generate new services or to improve existing services built on data,  making in the same time this market more transparent and useful for citizens and businesses.

 

TRAGSA Group in proDataMarket project

The Tragsa Group forms part of the group of companies of the State-owned holding company Sociedad Estatal de Participaciones Industriales (SEPI).

It is incorporated by Empresa de Transformación Agraria, S.A. (Tragsa), the parent company founded in 1977 for the performance of rural development works and services, environmental conservation and emergency relief operations. Its first subsidiary Tecnologías y Servicios Agrarios, S.A (Tragsatec), which was established in 1990 for carrying out consulting and engineering projects, and Colonización y Transformación Agraria, S.A (CYTASA), incorporated in Paraguay in November 1978. Recently, in 2013, the company Tragsa Brasil Desarrollo de Proyectos Agrarios, LTDA was created.

Its 37 years of experience working for the public authorities to the service of society have placed this business group at the forefront of the different sectors in which it operates, from the provision of agricultural, forestry, livestock, and rural development services, to the conservation and protection of the environment.

The company’s broad national reach, which has branches in all the provinces of Spain’s 17 Autonomous Communities, allows it to respond independently, quickly and effectively to any urgent requirement of the central, regional or local government.

What we do

The Tragsa Group provides comprehensive solutions to the needs of public administrations as regards environmental issues, rural development and management of natural resources, with proven responsiveness.

Thanks to its extensive national and international experience, it can meet the requests of its clients, providing those unique factors that identify the Group with quality, such as its large, highly qualified staff, its steadfast commitment to innovation in R&D&I, its commitment to the environment and a lasting respect toward society.

Its activity in the domestic market, which accounts for 96% of its volume of business, has been mainly focused in recent years on environmental activities (30%), rural infrastructure (17%), information technologies (15%) and irrigation, water management and technology and agro-processing facilities and rural equipment (13%).

The Tragsa Group’s priority is respect for and commitment to the environment, while minimizing the environmental impact of our activities, establishing alternative measures that are respectful of the environment, and contributing by the very nature of our activity to the preservation and conservation of biodiversity.

Role in proDataMarket project

Due to the nature of TRAGSA as state owned company, one of company’s main commitments is not only keeping the information, but also returning them to its final owner (Public Administration) increased and improved. Furthermore, TRAGSA services must offer rural society growth opportunities and development choices. Therefore, proDataMarket, aligned with our strategic goals, also offers TRAGSA an opportunity of extending the knowledge of the company in Big Data and its reutilization. TRAGSA participates as ProDataMarket data supplier, providing the project with several data resources from Spain. The data sources are varied and related with several fields as cadastre, agricultural parcel, land cover, land use and environmental information among others.

TRAGSA, as business case provider in the project, will develop the CAPAS service which focus is to publish and integrate multi-sectorial data from several sources into an existing data-intensive service targeting better and fairer Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) funds assignments to farmers and land owners. The goal is to leverage the data integration facilities offered by proDataMarket, to better define the funds assignments.

EVRY participates in proDataMarket project

As one of the largest IT companies in the Nordics, EVRY provides extensive deliveries to Nordic companies, financial institutions, national public sector entities, municipalities and health authorities.

EVRY has 10.000 employees and has a local presence in 50 towns and cities across the Nordic countries, with particular emphasis on Norway and Sweden. In addition, EVRY owns businesses in India and the Ukraine that contribute significant deliveries to Nordic customers in addition to providing services to customers in other European countries and in the USA. EVRY is the force behind a whole range of innovations that have transformed and simplified the way people access services across society. Over 4 million Nordics use services delivered by EVRY each day. Throughout the day and night, people are logging into online banking, retrieving important work documents or just checking the timetable for the next train home.

Renewal of society

The digital revolution means that people are making use of new online services in ever more areas. This means that we can access information, buy goods and services or use public sector services at any time that suits us. EVRY makes this possible, which means that we are helping to change daily life and the working day for many people. We believe that the digital revolution is creating new ways of doing business and changing the competitive environment in many markets. Tasks and services that used to be delivered manually are now automated and digitized. We have so far seen only the beginning of what can be created by the powerful combination of new technology.

Role in the proDataMarket project

EVRY participates as a large industry partner in the project for proDataMarket. EVRY has a role as a service provider and business developer. The focus will be adding value to the data market, generate services and business opportunities.

EVRY’s core value “to the benefit of society” is a guiding light for our involvement in the proDataMarket project. We aim to be part of the digitalization of the building sector, and use technology to create cross-sectorial services and tools that can make use of property data in new and innovative ways.

One area is the neighbor notice part of the building process. Changes to a property will in many cases require owners of bordered properties to receive a notification of the planned work with detailed drawings and all necessary information. Such a notice will be supplemented by a mapping application that will show detailed plans directly on a map and also display the suggested changes, i.e. a garage or an outhouse, on top of a camera feed using augmented reality.

Addressing the high amount of costly subterranean infrastructure damages caused by excavation is another important aspect of this project. Such damages are often due to poor maps, lack of map usage, or lack of map availability. We aim to provide solutions and services that will hinder obstacles like this to ensure less damage and less time spent on looking for this kind of information. The target result is an augmented reality application that can provide authorized persons the ability to “see” what subterranean infrastructure is located at a given physical location. Identified stakeholders are entrepreneurs doing infrastructure installations or repairs, and local/central government keeping the overview of existing subterranean infrastructure.

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EU

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644497.

Istat, Cerved and SpazioDati join forces to make real estate market more transparent

We have been featured on Italy24, the weekly english-language round up by “Il Sole 24 Ore”:

Cerved, Istat and SpazioDati are ready to join forces in a strategic partnership for the proDataMarket European project. The project is financed by the European Commission for a net worth of €3.5 million and aims at creating the infrastructure for a database on real estate, land and the analysis of broader socio-economic trends accessible both with open and paywall systems.

http://www.italy24.ilsole24ore.com/art/real-estate/2015-03-26/istat-cerved-and-spaziodati-join-forces-to-make-real-estate-market-more-transparent-140259.php?uuid=ABtrdpFD

prodatamarket

Property data are one of the most valuable datasets managed by governments worldwide and extensively used in various domains by private and public organizations. Unfortunately these data are not always easy to access. House and property data is used in a variety of ways to produce value added information within and across several business sectors, including real estate and debt collection. Such sectors suffer from a lack of innovation due to a fragmented data ecosystem which makes it difficult to access relevant datasets. This hampers innovation, protects incumbents and promotes rent-seeking business models. The difficulty in creating a single, open data market partly depends on the fact that some governmental agencies are currently making significant revenues on selling data to a restricted number of business players in the private sector. However, several studies, demonstrated that the transaction costs for government agencies tend to be very high, and often make selling the data non-profitable.

proDataMarket aims to disrupt the property data market and demonstrate innovation across sectors where property data is relevant, by integrating a technical framework for effective publishing and consumption of property-related data, showcasing novel data-driven business products and services based on property data. proDataMarket will provide a digital data marketplace for open and non-open property and related contextual data, making it easier for data providers to publish and distribute their data (for free or for a fee) and for data consumers to easily access the data they need for their businesses. The consortium is formed by large companies ensuring high-impact business cases, technology transfer providers ensuring technologies for the creation and maintenance of the data market platform, and large data providers providing data for the business cases. With strong industry involvement proDataMarket will cover a wide range of data value chains related to property data.