Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
‘Smart Campus’ Strategy, Planning and Technical Requirements
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) has engaged HH Angus to develop the ‘Smart Campus’ strategy, planning and technical requirements. These deliverables will guide NAIT forward as a leading polytechnic in Canada to attract students, donors and researchers, while supporting environmental causes and the student experience.
The Angus Connect team is leading a multi-disciplinary Smart Campus consortium of consulting firms that bring together deep expertise in digital solutions and engineering disciplines. Some of the exciting aspects of the Smart Campus project include a campus integrated command centre, IoT sensor rich environment, energy management, smart building standards with BIM and Digital Twins, a future state network architecture including a spectrum management plan for Wi-Fi and cellular, with a focus on 5G-enabled devices. The incorporation of these emerging technologies is very promising in achieving the organization’s goals.
This project requires a broad engagement of stakeholders and subject matter experts; a consulting team of 24 subject matter experts and project management was created to prepare a smart campus strategy.
It quickly became apparent that setting up the right decision makers and creating an advisory committee would be key to a well thought out strategy. Our team is leading governance, oversight and direction setting with the committee, and, the project is being managed through virtual engagement.
Stakeholder engagement | Desktop studies | Strategy & Roadmap development
Post-Secondary | Visioning workshops | Technical requirements | Modeling | Standards and operating procedures | Completion: Q4 2022 (Est)
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Smart campus strategy | Planning | Technical requirements
The Angus Connect team has deep experience in organization-wide and campus digital strategy & visioning, technology specifications, smart buildings technologies, command centres, networking infrastructure design and integration, and energy management. Our consultants have facilitated visioning workshops with the Steering Committee and senior leadership to understand the needs, goals and objectives of the organization. These sessions included discussion of best practices, industry standards, and showcased current and emerging technologies through the use of case studies. From these sessions, our team was able to synthesize the vision, principles, key evaluation criteria and future state (opening day) initiatives.
Additional workshops have been held to gain a better understanding of the current systems and network architecture, with attendant discussions on gaps/pain points and ongoing projects. Using the outputs from the visioning workshops and the systems architecture workshops, our team is developing a conceptual model of systems architecture with a basis of design report to guide the client from their network today to the network they need for the future Smart Campus.