Looking for the best fit for specialist equipment before identifying demand for space in a new build project, the University commissioned iDEA to review and assess their existing research equipment.
Working with the Estates team, the Directors of Teaching and Research, and undertaking detailed site tours with technical service managers, we were able to gather critical equipment characteristics; dimension, floor loading or sensitivity to vibration, through to dependencies such as environmental requirements or service connections. We also documented each piece of equipment photographically.
Using our online equipment register, findings could be uploaded, then visualised in a real-time 3D environment and filtered by their characteristics, ready for reporting and development of a strategy for future equipment and space requirements.
However, unlike the static snapshot a standard paper report provides, the flexibility of the online register gives the University the choice to continue making further observations during the model’s lifetime, and ensure it is able to keep track of further additions, replacements or duplications.