ISEP – Addressing Public Health Issues with ARCHIBUS

The ARCHIBUS Educational Grant is traditionally aimed at enriching the academic experience of both teachers and students. Our objective in the ARCHIBUS Foundation is to broaden the scope of this educational remit. Due to this strategy, applications of the grant are both innovative and highly effective.

The grant to ISEP is an example of this. ARCHIBUS has been used as part of the academic program to solve a real world problem in the Amarante municipality.

The Problem

Contaminants introduced by swimmers can dramatically influence the operation of indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Contamination can, for example, come from body oils including sweat, cosmetics, suntan lotion, and unmentionable bodily fluids. The risk is high and, furthermore, this may make us think twice before getting into a pool next time.

Hence pools are equipped with complex systems that control and maintain the quality of the water. First the system needs to be properly dimensioned to a capacity. Secondly it should be properly maintained to ensure there are no risks to public health.

In the Amarante Municipality, in Portugal, takes the Health and Safety of their citizens very seriously. They are always looking at new methodologies and technologies to assist them on this very important mission.

As a result, the municipality looked upon the Superior Institute of Engineering of Porto (ISEP) to get a thorough study on the situation.

The Solution

The origin of this study arose from Prof. Jorge Magalhães Mendes, Deputy Mayor of Amarante. He is also Professor of the Civil Engineering Department of ISEP.

The objective is the improvement and automation of the water treatment maintenance systems;  most of all for those at  the Municipal Pool of Vila Meã.  This underpinned the special focus  on public health derived from improving water quality.

So what path could we take in order to innovate? The Deputy Mayor had in mind the potential of having the BIM-EIM methodologies working in tandem. Hence the institution applied for, and was offered the ARCHIBUS Educational Grant. A senior undergraduate, Jorge Mota, was selected to take the project forward.


The starting point was the modelling of the entire existing pool complex using a BIM (Building information Modelling) methodology. The models were created with a  special focus on those water treatment systems. During this process, all the as-built issues were detected. They were recorded and, where appropriate, remedial action was undertaken.

With the BIM model ready, the next step was a quick preparation of the model to be used in a EIM (Enterprise information Modelling) tool. It took less than 15 minutes to link and synchronize all the important model data with ARCHIBUS. At that moment, they started to complete the EIM model in ARCHIBUS with all the space and asset information. Furthermore they added process definitions (services, asset maintenance, service levels,  preventive procedures and activities scheduling).


The ARCHIBUS Enterprise Information Modelling Methodology helps manage the Built Environment. With this methodology, it was possible to automatically control the maintenance processes of the equipment through its operations. Hence this gives workers better work methods, improving organisation. Furthermore this results in higher levels of efficiency and with the most up-to-date information. Proper asset management and preventive procedures will help ensure the quality of the water.

The whole project had a duration of six months and was impeccably managed by Jorge Mota. Jorge had the full support from the municipality staff; most of all from special Prof. Jorge Magalhães Mendes. We are very grateful to the whole team who worked on this successful educational grant project.

The Future

This cooperation between Amarante, ISEP and ARCHIBUS brought innovation, quality and long-term benefits.

Amarante is looking now at several other opportunities of using the EIM Methodology to better manage their built environment. Using these methodologies and technology, they want to develop an intelligent city and community in this beautiful part of Portugal.

About ISEP

ISEP is one of the top schools of technology in Portugal. ISEP is located in the city of Porto, Portugal. It comprises eight 8 departments, with an emphasis on applied science and technology. Furthermore ISEP has been pioneering education and research in Engineering since 1852.

Today, ISEP is one of the biggest and best-known engineering schools in Portugal, with well over 6000 students and 500 faculty members. It has research facilities for real-time systems, artificial intelligence, knowledge based systems, and decision support systems. Consequently, many of these facilities are internationally recognized as leading R&D centers.

About Amarante

Amarante is a municipality in the northern Portuguese district of Porto. The population is around 60 thousand in an area of over 300 square kilometres (+ 115 square miles).


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