WZMH’s Newest Project with Ryerson University will be the Smart Campus Integration and Testing Hub (SCITHub)
The Ryerson University Smart Campus Integration and Testing Hub (SCITHub) will be the world’s first building that is 100 percent digitally enabled. The facility will showcase and test “smart building” technology that aims to address and mitigate climate change. This is the first project that will integrate Zenon Radewych’s Intelligent Structural Panel (ISP), a prefabricated steel Sandwich Plate System (SPS) panel with intelligence inside. It functions similar to a plug-and-play smart tablet, except that you can also walk on it. Compatible systems and devices that address lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, motorized shades, smoke alarms, security systems, and more will be explored in the development of the facility. The ISP utilizes an energy-efficient low-voltage system (DC) and power over ethernet connectivity.
Data streams will be collected from SCITHub and an in house “Digital Twin” will gather performance data of the building, infrastructure systems information to optimize, detect activity and support operations. The SCITHub facility’s floor slab will incorporate the ISP, providing the two storey, 3000 sf mass timber structure with direct access to a Power over Ethernet (PoE) device network.
This project is very important to the university, the local and broader construction industry, and the WZMH research team’s work since it is both a research project and a prototype. We are glad to see there is significant industry interest and support. Federal and provincial funding applications included the ISP as an integral component to the SCITHub research grant, therefore the ISP is a guaranteed part of the project. Private companies, including Cisco, Schneider Electric, Mitsubishi and others have also been on board, donating their time, material and logistics.