LabCom V2 - Laboratoires communs organismes de recherche publics – PME/ETI

Building Information Modeling, Augmented Reality and Internet Of Things – BIMARIOT

Submission summary

This project aims at using the Internet of Things to enrich augmented reality tools in the domain of building management. Building management encompasses different phases from the conception of the building to its destruction and recycling, including its maintenance. The maintenance phase is indeed very interesting from a business opportunity point of view: once the building is used for its own purpose (home, facility, public building), most of the constructors loose their contact with their clients. Within this project, we will develop tools to monitor building during the whole life of a building, and we will develop mechanisms to share data generated from various objects to develop new applications and enable a new eco-system around the building. Many different purposes can be pursued with this extended knowledge: decrease the building energy consumption, make various previsions during the conception phase, anticipate breakdowns, monitor the core structure of the building and so on. The additional value of this laboratory is the visualization tools that will be developed throughout the project and will be proposed on the market.

The laboratory relies on a digital representation of the building that is called BIM for Building Information Model. This is a representation that is used by industrials to consolidate as many data as possible. However, this model is static and does not include continuous monitoring. This laboratory aims at enhancing the BIM with the Internet of Things: including additional layers in a BIM, from the data deployed around and in the building. The project will also investigate how to protect the data, and who can access to which data.

The company that is participating to this project is Artefacto, established in 1998 by Valérie Cottereau, and that counts 37 workers today, mainly based in Betton. Artefacto has identified opportunities in the building industry and wishes to develop augmented reality enriched with dynamic information captured by embedded sensors. The research laboratory is the OCIF team, from IRISA. The OCIF members who participate in this project are with IMT Atlantique in Cesson Sévigné, a very well known and recognized school for engineers. OCIF is specialized in the Internet of Things, particularly on architecture, protocols and algorithms to make an object accessible from any station on the Internet.

One of the strength of this project is certainly the complementarity between Artefacto and IMT Atlantique/OCIF ; Artefacto is designing applications, softwares and visualization tools with virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D rendering. OCIF is a specialist in networking, and is working on the Internet of Things for several years now. All competencies are regrouped to reach the goal of the project, which is to develop an architecture to set up a network among sensors and objects, and visualize these data through an intelligent system. The implication of OCIF in standardization activities is also viewed as a strength of the project, since it is important to develop a standard and common architecture to scale to districts, cities. Indeed, the project aims at developing a common network architecture that can be used by many different buildings (and actors) to generalize the access to the data, and open the market to innovative views and representations of these data.

The laboratory may start from the beginning of September 2018 for the first phase which consists in mounting the laboratory and better identifying the research axes and business opportunities. The laboratory itself may start from beginning of May 2019. The total duration of the project is 36 months.

Project coordinator

Monsieur Nicolas Montavont (IMT Atlantique)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


IMT Atlantique IMT Atlantique
Artefacto Artefacto

Help of the ANR 300,000 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: December 2018 - 36 Months

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