Visualising energy for London 2012
As the official electricity supplier of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, energy monitoring is a key initiative for EDF and their commitment to delivering a positive legacy for the Games.
Applied Works helped EDF create an innovative real-time dashboard that visualises energy usage at venues across the Olympic Park, as well as Tower Bridge and the EDF Energy London Eye.
Utilising live data streams and adding context through energy stories
With live energy streams from six iconic London venues at our disposal, we set about making sense of the data by uncovering energy stories and placing context on the usage trends for each building.
Research and data analysis
Understanding energy trends by adding supplementary data feeds
We met with energy managers and studied the data in great detail, in order to understand what was influencing the consumption at each building. It was clear that to contextualise the energy we needed to tap into additional feeds, specific to each building.
At the London 2012 venues (Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Velodrome and Basketball Arena), where consumption is less consistent, we mapped energy data against construction milestones, test events and competition hours.
At Tower Bridge, daylight hours and bridge lifts affect consumption. Over two years of operational records were digitized for the project, including information such as the degree and duration of each bridge lift.
For the London Eye we investigated many contriubuting factors before focusing on temperature, rainfall and opening hours as the contributors; specifically in relation to heating, cooling and de-humidifying the pods.
Tower Bridge control room
Bridge lift operating record
Pods at the EDF Energy London Eye
Fluctuations in energy use at the London Eye caused by changes in temperature and opening hours.
Power the Games live
Real-time energy dashboard
We designed and built Power the Games Live, a web-based dashboard displaying real-time energy for the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Velodrome, Basketball Arena, Tower Bridge and the EDF Energy London Eye.
As well as live demand, the dashboard displays energy consumption over several years, comparing trends for different timeframes against contributing factors specific to each building – for example, visitors can see for themselves how daylight or weather influence consumption, while milestones reveal which events make an impact, such as Earth Hour or the London 2012 Games. In addition, energy stories show how a building’s design plays an important role in optimising energy usage.
Dashboard tour video voiced by Adam Hart-Davis
Illustrations by Peter Grundy
Power the Games Live
A smartphone optimised version of the Power the Games Live site has been developed to allow visitors to the Olympic Park to see the live demand of the venues they’re visiting during the Games.
We also created an app that lives in the EDF pavilion, just behind the Olympic Stadium at the Olympic Park.
EDF Pavilion app
Visi business dashboard
Making it easier for energy professionals to share insight
The result of the ensuing work is that we’ve helped to create Visi, a new business product for EDF. Visi will leave a legacy, helping shape the future of energy management at the Olympic Park and provide EDF’s business customers with the means to engage and educate their employees, in better, smarter ways to consume energy. Making more people aware means getting a buildings’ occupants to save energy becomes an easier task.
Business venue illustrations by Peter Grundy – office block, shop, factory and school