3D Facility Management for Navigation Experience for Disabled People

Project description

To enable advanced facility management and location-based applications, like pathfinding and navigation, geospatial and location awareness are two necessary types of information that a system requires. With 3D remote sensing technologies such as laser scanners, it is now possible to create a 3D model of any environment, at a very large and precise scale. On the other hand, the geolocation awareness can be provided by localization technologies such as the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) or the Ultra-wide band (UWB), which allow to locate with high precision elements of the space. However, these two technologies are not readily available for navigation applications. A 3D model obtained from scanning is an unstructured type of data and needs to be processed to identify points of interest or obstacles and described them. This part involves an evaluation of the current configuration of the studied area regarding its ability to allow navigation for BVI people. A second big challenge is to identify the optimal placement of the localization sensors to maximize their efficiency in supporting navigation and to manage them as they become part of the assets relevant to navigation (landmarks, staircases, emergency exits, etc.).


  • Scanning of selected Campus sites
  • Asset localization, identification and management
  • Assessment of BVI navigation requirements on the Campus
  • Optimization of UWB and BLE sensors positioning for BVI navigation purpose

Project participants

Participant’s details Organisation Responsibility
Dr Abdoulaye Diakite UNSW, Built Environment, GRID Geospatial Information Systems
Dr Jack Barton UNSW, Built Environment, GRID Geospatial Information Systems
Prof Sisi Zlatanova UNSW, Built Environment, GRID Geospatial Information Systems
Dr Binghao Li UNSW, School of Minerals and Energy Resources Localisation technologies
Dr Eduardo Benitez Sandoval UNSW, School of Art & Design Social Robotics
A/Prof Tomasz Bednarz UNSW, School of Art & Design / EPICentre Data Visualisation

Contact person

Abdoulaye A. Diakite (Send email)

Binghao Li (Send email)

Eduardo Benitez Sandoval (Send email)