Urban Operating System (PlanIT UOS™) Specialized Applications
While the vast majority of applications available as part of the PlanIT OS™ come from partners, Living PlanIT provides specialized applications which enhance the design and development of urban built environments.
Our vertical market solution for urban enviornments known as Urban Operating System or PlanIT UOS™ is our standards based solution that incorporates the PlanIT OS (including Cloud, Network & Embedded Editions), Da Vinci, Columbus, and legacy controls and management adapters for the design, simulation, fabrication, operations, maitenance, and decommissioning of real estate and urban enviornments, facilitating the interaction between people, places and things.
DaVinci Application (available now)
Produced in collaboration with Gehry Technologies, DaVinci is a client application designed to facilitate the design and construction of buildings and infrastructure. DaVinci extends the industry standard CAD platform CATIA from Dassault Systemes with a library of reusable and parametric components and capital equipment including UOS™ and sensor infrastructure, and a collaborative environment for all different disciplines in a construction process to work on ‘one version of the truth’. The availability of the library and the associated design-centric process allows for clashes and onsite rectification activity to be virtually eliminated.
Furthermore, DaVinci models facilitate the use of advanced simulation so that the physics of a building and the materials used can be optimized alongside the control models that would ultimately be deployed in the UOS™. The final design prepopulates the PlanIT OS™ RTC environment with initial control applications and also provides sensor locations and association with physical spaces to the UOS™, dramatically accelerating and simplifying commissioning.
DaVinci enables higher levels of vertical integration to building components, replacing restrictive approaches to modular construction with parametric designs that can be scaled to any size and shape but still reduce the cost of construction through the use of factory manufacture and on-site assembly, with components carrying other equipment such as sensors, wiring looms, to reduce installation and commissioning costs and make the construction process more predictable.
This is further enhanced by sequenced material delivery solutions which borrow just-in-time delivery techniques from the manufacturing industry to eliminate the traditional practice of stockpiling and marshaling materials on the job site – this practice is typically associated with lost and misplaced materials and associated construction delays adding cost and impairing quality. DaVinci produces a highly accurate plan for delivering material to site just when it is needed and optimizing the assembly of the components to the structure, making the process more predictable and eliminating delays.
Over 10 years many of these techniques have been pioneered by Gehry Technologies and these have been shown to deliver 15-20% reduction in construction costs through elimination of errors, reduced costs in producing drawings, improved material handling and reduced on-site fabrication. The incremental benefits that result from the synergy between these techniques and the UOS™ will drive further savings to UOS™ powered developments.
Columbus (future capabilities)
Living PlanIT also plans to deliver further optimization to the design and construction process through the further optimization of the supply chain that underlies the improvements described above. The optimization delivered by DaVinci in sequenced material delivery and optimized assembly can be driven further through the multiple tiers of the supply chain to optimize the entire process. Additionally, the partner ecosystem that Living PlanIT and its partners build to deliver the UOS™ and associated solutions can itself be optimized through the use of appropriate trading platforms, supply chain management and logistics solutions. This capabilities also benefit from synergy with the UOS™ with real-world performance data and operating characteristics from earlier developments driving informed choices and ongoing technical improvements into subsequent ones.
This set of capabilities currently bears the codename ‘Columbus’ and is under development for a planned launch some time in 2014.