The Netherlands Institute for Ecology, part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Scienes, is a unique research complex built on the cradle-to-cradle principle. It was award with a prestigious national award: The Golden Pyramid for Architecture.
iTZiT created an interactive knowledge application to share the buildings features with visitors groups, as well as research projects that the institute conducts. Via a touchscreen the NIOO institute can be virtually explored in 3D. From the laboratories and greenhouses to the bees on the roof.
This interactive visualization was launched at the Science Weekend, a nation-wide event to share academic know-how to all interested audiences.
Real time monitoring
Within the 3D world, iTZiT integrated realtime information from sensor data to explain the actual performance of various solar systems within the research complex. How much energy do they generate? What can we do with this harvested power?
Complex information is translated into everyday life products. After all, it’s easier to understand big data by seeing how many iPads can be charged with it, or how far one can travel by electric car with this amount of energy. The data is also of value for operation and maintenance, for instance to track the historical performance of the various solar panels and energy systems.