Thermal 3D Modeling of Indoor Environments for Saving Energy

Acronym: ThermalMapper
Project ID: ERA 14
Funding including national funding and EC funding:
Total costs: 149,550 SEE-ERA.NET PLUS funding: 133,674
Project duration: 01.11.2010 / 30.09.2012

Heat and air conditioning losses in buildings and factories lead to a large amount of wasted energy. To prevent such losses, a precise digital model of heat distribution and heat flow is needed. Imagine a technology that enables one to gage the environmental structure in three dimensions and thermal information at the same time. Further imagine clever visualization software that presents the thermal 3D models to a computer screen, lets the user rotate the model for inspection and runs simulations of heat and air flow. The project ThermalMapper aims at constructing precise thermal 3D models of indoor environments. Technology that has been developed in the last years by robotic researchers is now available to be adapted to solve these real world issues. "The Action Plan for Energy Efficiency estimates that the largest cost-effective energy savings potential lies in the residential (around 27%) and commercial buildings (around 30%)". The availability of precise thermal 3D models will enable architects and construction engineers to modify existing buildings to reach these savings. The central point of the project ThermalMapper is to create 3D models that include thermal information as additional modality. In the course of the project ThermalMapper, 3D mapping methods will be enriched with thermal information, visualizations and simulations are developed to continuously gather and present data on what is taking place inside a building. Applications range from thermal 3D modelling of houses to factories. For example, service providers such as data processing centres are highly interested in constant and concurrent data acquisition techniques to optimize load control while providing high availability. Since thermal issues are very important for operators of data centres, we have chosen this scenario for additional demonstrations.

Partners involved:

Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
School of Engineering and Science
Campus Ring 1
28759 Bremen, Germany
Prof. Andreas Nuechter

Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Electrical Engineering / Department of Automatic Control and Electronics
BB Zmaja od Bosne
71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Prof. Jasmin Velagic

University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Enginee
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing / Department of Control and Computer Engineering
3 Unska
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Prof. Ivan Petrovic