Fanshawe College

IoT Data Lake

The College’s overarching goal was to streamline their data management process by consolidating disparate IoT platforms into a single accessible platform for measurement and research.

Fanshawe College needed a comprehensive data lake for all campus IoT data, beginning with two solar panel arrays. Their existing process involved physically going to each building’s measurement platform to download its data, merge the information in Excel format and perform a manual analysis.

HH Angus served as smart building consultants to the project, providing digital design services. We reprogrammed the PLCs (programmable logic controllers) of the solar panel arrays, enabling data transmission to AWS IoT core. The resulting data is now stored in a data lake where it is presented with analysis on a centralized dashboard, providing a unified and efficient solution to the College’s data management challenges.

One of the challenges of the project centered on communications and technical access. Collaboration with multiple academic and IT departments proved challenging due to communication issues with various stakeholders involved in the original solar panel array. To address this, our team coordinated multi-department troubleshooting meetings, fostering a collaborative atmosphere that was focused on progress.

Also, gaining access to the PLCs for essential programming changes became complicated due to staff turnover at the client. An unintended consequence of this was that new staff members were unfamiliar with the PLCs. To remedy this, our team assumed more of a technical advisory role than had been anticipated originally, to the point of involving technical support from the PLC manufacturer to assist the College’s technicians. Solving these issues underscores the project team’s adaptability in overcoming unexpected challenges.

Smart Building Consultants 

Comprehensive data lake for all campus IoT data | Centralized dashboard provides data analysis and data management | Status: Completed 2023, with ongoing maintenance contract

London, Ontario

Hardware-free data retrieval from solar panels | Reprogrammed PLCs for AWS data transmission | Advanced data analysis with local utility rates

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) 

‘Smart Campus’ Strategy, Planning and Technical Requirements

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) 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 led a multi-disciplinary Smart Campus consortium of consulting firms that brought together deep expertise in digital solutions and engineering disciplines. Some of the exciting aspects of the Smart Campus project included 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 will assist NAIT in achieving its organizational goals.

This project required a broad engagement of stakeholders and subject matter experts; a consulting team of 24 subject matter experts and project management joined forces to prepare a smart campus strategy.

Key services provided and deliverables included:

  1. Smart Campus Design Guidelines, documenting how smart features should be incorporated throughout the design
  2. Integration Design: Integration Requirements, Use Cases, and  Integration Matrix to inform a future Smart Campus Integration Hub architecture and Master System Integration responsibilities
  3. Analytics: Analytical Model development to inform future Digital Twin insights
  4. Governance

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 led the governance, oversight and direction setting with the committee, and, the project was managed through virtual engagement.

Stakeholder engagement | Desktop studies | Strategy & Roadmap development | Governance | Integration design | Analytics

Post-Secondary | Visioning workshops | Technical requirements | Modeling | Standards and operating procedures | Completion: Q4 2022 (Est)

Edmonton, Alberta

Smart campus strategy | Planning | Technical requirements

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Visioning Workshops

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  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.

Systems Architecture

Additional workshops were 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 developed 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. 

Internet of things

SickKids Hospital

Digital Strategy and ICAT Roadmap

Project Horizon is a massive campus redevelopment that will transform the experience of patients and healthcare professionals, and enable the state-of-the-art healthcare facility to embrace new technologies and processes.

Angus Connect was engaged by the world-renowned paediatric clinical and research hospital to develop a comprehensive digital strategy and ICAT roadmap to support Project Horizon - New Patient Care Tower. This new facility is expected to be 22 stories on the existing SickKids campus in downtown Toronto, and to be integrated with the existing facilities. 

Angus Connect is developing the Digital Strategy, Vision and Guiding Principles in accordance with the Project Horizon Vision and SickKids’ Strategic Plan. This will culminate in an ICAT Roadmap, which will inform SickKids of current and upcoming technologies to support the delivery of patient care integrated with research and learning. Once complete, the Roadmap will include a high-level Implementation Plan and Budget for incorporation into SickKids’ Project Horizon Stage 2: Functional Program Submission, and to form the basis of future stages of Project Horizon. The outputs of our Design Program will inform the specifications for the project.

Project Horizon is a multi-year project with the objective to transform SickKids’ physical facilities in order to support the future delivery of paediatric care and address  myriad infrastructure deficiencies and limitations that impact quality and safety. The project will consist of the demolition of three buildings and the construction of two new buildings in a complex sequence that will span more than a decade before patients can be accommodated in the new facilities. With extensive experience delivering ICAT digital strategic plans for hospitals across Canada, our team is collaborating closely with SickKids to deep dive into the future of healthcare delivery and understanding their organizational needs today and those anticipated for the future in order to deliver a comprehensive and flexible ICAT roadmap to support Project Horizon. The team is also able to draw on HH Angus’ decades-long experience with large P3 healthcare design and construction projects. 

ICAT strategic visioning and planning

Size: 22 stories on existing downtown campus | Status: Ongoing

Toronto, Ontario

Comprehensive digital strategy and ICAT roadmap | Integration with existing facilities | High-level implementation plan and budget | Functional Program Submission | Jurisdictional Scan

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Visioning for the future 

Angus Connect is providing SickKids with a Jurisdictional Scan of peer organizations from countries around the globe. We worked with our network of global partners (Subject Matter Experts) to understand and identify leading organizations in particular technologies and to make contacts. A market scan of the current and emerging technologies that will change the way healthcare is delivered in 10, 20 and 30 years was also developed as the basis for a Visioning Session with the Leadership Group. This includes concepts such as virtual care, artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning and 4D printing. 

Michael Garron Hospital

Patient Care Centre ICAT Strategy and Implementation

HH Angus is on the Compliance team for the new eight-storey Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre project at Michael Garron Hospital (MGH), a large community hospital in Toronto’s East York area. The project includes a three-storey connection, as well as demolition and renovations to the existing hospital.

The Redevelopment will add approximately 550,000 ft2, including a new 8-storey tower to house inpatient and mental health beds, ambulatory clinics and a new underground parkade to support the site. It also includes approximately 100,000 ft2 of renovation within the existing facility, including a Cardiac Catheterization Suite and administrative areas. The project is targeting LEED® Silver.

Our Angus Connect Division assisted in developing a long-term IT strategic vision for the Hospital, including directions, gap analysis, strategic recommendations and Information Technology (IT) solution options to support the hospital moving forward. The strategic plan needed to carefully balance resources with urgency, and to align the vision with the
redevelopment project.

Feedback and findings from stakeholder consultations were key inputs into the strategic recommendations. Angus Connect facilitated a Visioning Session with senior leadership to define a future state vision and evaluation criteria, and consulted with over 100 additional stakeholders over a two-month period in order to refine the Vision Statement, Guiding Principles and Key Strategic Themes; the output from these sessions was presented back to the clinical steering committee for validation. Angus Connect identified fifteen key recommendations based on the common challenges and opportunities raised during stakeholder consultations, leading to forty distinct ICAT solutions which were mapped out over the 5, 10, and 15 year timeframes according to their dependencies, impact and alignment with the vision.

With buildings dating back to 1927, one of the key challenges was integrating technology solutions across a campus with incredibly diverse infrastructure and systems. Our team provided an outline of enabling works projects required to support the transition to more modern systems, while considering the clinical and operational impact – this analysis led to a more holistic approach to planning, more accurate costing and better risk mitigation.

Since that work, Angus Connect was engaged in the Compliance role for the Hospital for Stages 3, 4 and 5, assisted with implementing the ICAT strategy, and also prepared the PSOS (project specific output specifications) for ICAT systems and integration requirements for the integration matrix and interoperability use case definition.

Planning, Design and Compliance (PDC), ICAT Strategy  

Size: 550,000 ft2 | Status: Completion 2023

Toronto, Ontario

Integration of new and existing M&E and IT infrastructure | Developing long term IT strategic vision towards EMRAM 7 |  Prepared PSOS for ICAT systems and integration requirements | ICAT Strategy and 15 year roadmap that considered advanced
technologies and their impact on patient care | First significant use of ICAT in the Day in the Life scenarios | Produced over 150 use cases for technology workflows and interoperability


Designing for Safety

The Hospital aims to achieve EMRAM level 7, the highest level in becoming a paperless and digital facility. It also looks to identify automation opportunities to become a smarter hospital.

— Images courtesy of Michael Garron Hospital