Quantum Explorer

Digital Twin Standard for Autonomous Systems. Made interactive.

cityscape with buildings communicating with various parts of quantum explorer software represented with hexagons

Quantum Explorer is a software tool for exploring the ontology structure, elements, and relationships.

Learn, Navigate, Query.
Dive into Quantum.

Physics-based autonomy requires a lot of data. It also requires that data to be structured. That is, the relationships between the data need to be clear and documented. Quantum is a very sophisticated, physics-based digital twin standard that organizes and describes objects (and their datasets) in an ontology with enough granularity to enable autonomous systems.

Conceptual, structured data, relationships, digital twins tied to data

Quantum Explorer is an interpretive tool that documents the Quantum Standard Ontology and makes it easy to navigate by providing several ways to explore the building blocks of the standard and how they are interconnected. You can navigate Quantum domains, objects, and relationships in the outline view using the Object and Details browsers or visually on the Ontology Graph Explorer. With future releases of Quantum Explorer you will also be able to Query the Ontology to find specific properties and metrics you’re interested in.

Digital twins ecosystem, site, building, equipment, components

Quantum Ontology.
Real Digital Twins.

Quantum defines the purpose and meaning of objects in a system. The Quantum Ontology provides them with descriptions that answer fundamental questions, such as what they are, why they exist, how they work, and how they interact with each other. Quantum groups these objects logically in domains, which are further described by their attributes and relationships. The Quantum Ontology includes domains like Site, Building, and Environment that enable whole-building simulation, System and Equipment for modeling equipment, and Property and Time Series for control modeling.

Quantum Domains

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Geometry

A category of object types necessary to convey 3D geometry information.

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Binding

A category of object types that can be generically associated with other objects for the purposes of conveying metadata. These objects can be thought of similarly to MIME types.

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Building

Object types associated with the physical construction and topology of a Building.

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Environment

A category of object types important for capturing geographical and environmental conditions.

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Equipment

Object types necessary to convey the physical composition of Equipment as well as the role of an Equipment.

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Event

A grouping of object types used to understand the meaning of an Event, its associated triggers, and strategy for resolution.

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Time Series

A category grouping time series object types.

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People

A category describing People and their relationships to Organizations, Sites, and other Assets.

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Property

These object types convey information about generic Properties associated with many other object types, including expressions, transforms, and associated units.

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Quanta

A grouping of object types necessary to deconstruct the characteristics of a Quanta.

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Site

This category captures high-level geographic object types.

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System

A category of object types used to convey physical and logical associations of Equipment.

screen excerpts of the Explorer UI; one of the outline browsers (Domain and Property browser sidebars) and one of the visual browser (the Ontology Graph Explorer)

Quantum Explorer.
Ontology Revealed.

With Quantum Explorer you navigate and learn about the Quantum Standard Ontology as a modeling structure as opposed to modeling objects. The building blocks of Quantum it reveals are the domains of the Ontology, the objects that make up a domain, and how they are described and relate.

Using the Object and Details browsers you can view the Ontology outline. Select a domain on the left sidebar (the Object browser) and its drawer of objects opens. Click an object and the Details browser opens to reveal its attributes, relationships, and the definition of the selection. As you navigate the Ontology with the Domain and Details browsers, the Ontology Graph Explorer shows your selections visually…

You can also navigate Quantum using the Ontology Graph Explorer in the right window. Domains are represented by large hexagons and objects by the small ones. In the default view, where all domains are visible, only the primary objects are displayed. Select a domain to see the primary relationships (represented by heavier connection lines).

Double-click a domain to view a close-up showing all objects and their relationship details. Of course when you navigate domains and objects on the Ontology Graph, your selections are matched on the Domain and Details browsers.

GraphiQL query screen, API connecting Quantum to real building data, Jade may be able to help with this one.

Query the Ontology.
Unlock It with the API.

In future releases of Quantum Explorer, not only will you be able to navigate the details and the structure of the Ontology, but you will also be able to translate that navigation into textual queries using the Query Builder (coming soon).

The Quantum API is the first high-level, developer-friendly API for buildings. It enables plug-and-play services for analytics, analysis, energy monitoring, building management, and more. Built on top of GraphQL, the Quantum API enables developers to design automation solutions and services grounded in a building’s real physics, without having to become an ontology expert.

Using this API entails creating and executing textual queries, which is where the up coming Query Builder comes in. This interactive tool is a great way to familiarize yourself with the syntax associated with this API. It will allow you to connect the dots between the concepts that are diagrammed out in Quantum Explorer and the specifics of how you interact with them through the Quantum API.

Get Started.
Quantum Explorer Walkthrough.

You can start using Quantum Explorer from this page by clicking the button below. Before you do, take a quick tour through the elements and the workflow of Quantum Explorer by watching the video.


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