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Safe return to empathic offices

Subsea 7 has installed a new building management system together with TietoEVRY. The goal is a safe return to the office for employees in Stavanger, Norway.

27 August 2020

Empathic building. It’s not a building that embraces you as you enter the front door. Rather, a building where technology helps you find your dedicated workspace or gives you a real-time heat map of the restaurant at lunch.

A technology that supports a safe opening of the offices after this spring’s pandemic closedown.

"The Empathic building solution gives our employees a holistic virtual view of our offices and pushes our latest updates on measures we have taken. We have installed sensor technology in our restaurant to give a real-time heatmap for associates to plan their lunch", Hans Olavesen, facility manager at Subsea 7 explains.

Free tables are marked in green, occupied in yellow and tables that need cleaning are marked red. To ensure 2 meters distance between all workstations we have reorganized the whole seating plan and given employees dedicated desks, visualised in the digital twin of every floor. 

"The technology has helped us secure a better flow of associates and reduced the risk of infections", Hans adds.

Created in three days

Hans Olavsen.jpgHe is impressed by the speed in which the solution was built and how easy it is to implement new functionalities and sensors.

It took the team from TietoEVRY three days to create a digital twin, or a map, of the entire office building floor by floor.

With a digital twin in place, it took a couple of weeks to register workspaces and to install sensors in the restaurant.

You can read more about digital twin and the advantages of data here.

- When we’re asking colleagues slowly and controlled to returns to the office, they can trust that we’re doing this in a safe manner. Having said that, we also assess how we can enhance the solution to offer new functionality, such as energy consumption and print usage. This is to raise awareness of our sustainability strategy in Subsea 7, Hans concludes.

Subsea 7 is a global leader in the delivery of offshore projects and services for the evolving energy industry.


Relevant for hospitals and primary care

For Gunnar Hansen and his empathic building team, Subsea 7 is one of more than 50 extensive global installations.

They have already started to assess the relevance of technology in other sectors, such as within hospitals and primary care.

The first step is a partnership together with Norwegian Smart Care Cluster (NSCC) and Health Campus Stavanger, where they have implemented the technology to test welfare technology relevant to the sector.

They have also modelled a big Norwegian hospital that will test different sensors before implementing it within a real hospital setting.

"We would very much like to try the solution within the health care sector. Our collaboration with NSCC and Health Campus Stavanger is very important as we can try out different scenarios and technologies in a controlled setting. Our objective is to reduce unnecessary time waste and increase patient safety. We share and automate information between solutions and devices to increase clinicians time to care for patients", Gunnar continues.

Think about a solution that helps health workers to find the nearest wheelchair, nurses to assess whether a patient is distressed or not, or physicians to get real-time updates on ongoing treatment tasks and finally patient rooms in need of cleaning. All this electronically connected with alerts and the real-time status.

"A building and a technology that removes distractions and helps people focus on what matters", as Gunnar puts it.

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Tomi Teikko

TietoEVRY alumni

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