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Three dimensional building control system and method

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Three dimensional building control system and method


The system helps facility managers and other users to efficiently navigate through a building or complex of buildings, and quickly gather information for (and control) individual building systems or groups of systems. A method includes displaying an image representing at least a portion of a building, wherein at least part of the image is a three-dimensional representation; and displaying a representation of a device associated with the building, wherein the representation of the device is selectable through the user interface.

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USPTO Applicaton #: #20120297346 - Class: 715850 (USPTO) - 11/22/12 - Class 715 
Data Processing: Presentation Processing Of Document, Operator Interface Processing, And Screen Saver Display Processing > Operator Interface (e.g., Graphical User Interface) >On-screen Workspace Or Object >Interface Represented By 3d Space >Navigation Within 3d Space

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120297346, Three dimensional building control system and method.

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CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

This Application is a continuation of and claims priority to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/108,757, filed May 16, 2011, the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.

DESCRIPTION

1. Field

The disclosure generally relates to systems and methods for building control.

2. Background

Many buildings include complex systems to provide heating, cooling, lighting, security and other services. These systems may require a significant amount of energy, which can present a significant challenge to facility managers facing rising (and volatile) energy prices, as well as requirements to be more environmentally sensitive. These challenges can be particularly acute for large commercial buildings where manual control over many disparate systems is often time-consuming, burdensome, and expensive.

These and other issues are addressed by embodiments of the present disclosure. Among other things, embodiments of the disclosure can reduce energy costs and help control and manage building systems more efficiently and effectively compared to conventional systems or methods for building control.

BRIEF

SUMMARY

Among other things, embodiments help facility managers and other users to efficiently navigate through a building or complex of buildings, and quickly gather information for (and control) individual building systems or groups of systems.

A method according to various embodiments includes displaying, by a computer-based system via a user interface, an image representing at least a portion of a building, wherein at least part of the image is a three-dimensional representation; and displaying, by the computer-based system via the user interface, a representation of a device associated with the building, wherein the representation of the device is selectable through the user interface.

A system according to various embodiments includes a processor; a user interface coupled to the processor; and a memory coupled to the processor and storing instructions for: displaying, via the user interface, an image representing at least a portion of a building, wherein at least part of the image is a three-dimensional representation; and displaying, via the user interface, a representation of a device associated with the building, wherein the representation of the device is selectable through the user interface.

A computer-readable medium according to various embodiments comprises instructions for: displaying, by a computer-based system via a user interface, an image representing at least a portion of a building, wherein at least part of the image is a three-dimensional representation; and displaying, by the computer-based system via the user interface, a representation of a device associated with the building, wherein the representation of the device is selectable through the user interface.

It is to be understood that both the foregoing general description and the following detailed description are exemplary and explanatory only and are not restrictive of the disclosure, as claimed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

A more complete understanding of the embodiments of the present disclosure may be derived by referring to the detailed description and claims when considered in connection with the following illustrative figures.

FIG. 1 illustrates an exemplary method according to various embodiments.

FIGS. 2 and 3 are exemplary three-dimensional representations of buildings in accordance with various embodiments.

FIG. 3A is an exemplary two-dimensional view of a portion of the building represented in FIG. 3.

FIGS. 4 and 5 illustrate exemplary three-dimensional representations of the floors within a building in accordance with various embodiments.

FIGS. 6A and 6B illustrate exemplary methods according to various embodiments.

FIG. 7 is an exemplary two-dimensional representation of a building floor in accordance with various embodiments.

FIGS. 8A-8M illustrate the generation of exemplary gradient indicators in accordance with various embodiments.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120297346 A1
Publish Date
11/22/2012
Document #
13108897
File Date
05/16/2011
USPTO Class
715850
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
06F3/048
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