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One of the hottest topics over the past few years has been the debate around how COVID-19 was spread. Public health measures raced to keep up with changing and conflicting information in the early days of the pandemic, Was it through objects? Was it airborne? Could it only be transmitted through fluids? Now through the use of interactive digital technologies like data modelling we can piece together the pathways of transmission to make key decisions for future contagions.
Mike Morely, Director of AI/ML, along with Peter Tunkis, Senior Data Scientist, recently presented on how schools could assess risk and trace contaminants through digital twinning at the Graph Connect conference in Austin, TX. Because modern construction uses building information modeling (BIM), which are sets of 3D, 4D and 5D information designed to visualize, estimate, and collaborate during the construction process, the meta-data needed on spaces, ducts and HVAC equipment already exists. This data can then be used to model the data as a graph to facilitate analytics with queries and algorithms. The graph can then be brought back to digital twin to interactively model the flow of air throughout the building.
This use case shows that schools could use this valuable model to discover hot spots for disease transmission and create recommendations to reduce risk. In addition administrators could get a better understanding on where COVID may go based on where the first cough happens, or where it may have come from if the origin is not known.
To build out this model the Arcurve team used a variety of technologies and platforms such as Unity, C#, Neo4J, REVIT and graph theory. Preventing and controlling the spread of disease is at the heart of much public health work.The use of this model can give pillars of our society like schools the ability to make informed decisions on outbreaks of infectious diseases which can have extraordinary impact on human health and change the way we handle major health crisis like pandemics.
Arcurve is a leading full-service technology, advisory and software development company in Calgary that was founded in 2006 with a belief that there was a better way to deliver professional services in the technology industry. The company has since completed more than 800 projects for clients in a wide range of industries, and have grown to more than 200 employees across Canada.
Learn more about Arcurve by visiting their website here: https://www.arcurve.com/