During her tenure with the Seimens Corporation Ziui worked directly with Dr. Sam Zheng who is a specialist in human-centered interface design. Dr. Zheng’s research on experience design empowers the facility manager to manage the assets of the building better. Our scientific explorations of aesthetic investigated the sense of management and control users can maintain within their daily activities whether focused on an interface specific task or distracted by other business interfaces. The design employed a simple three-color system, red, green and yellow to visualize the status of each asset in the building. The navigation bar on the left displayed the building architecture as a structured information bar. From this earlier work, Ziui has continued to investigate the incorporation of color and simple geometries for the design of interface navigation.
Within the IBeam interface, the facility manager can schedule, issue, and manage the energy flow for a group of buildings. From this portal the facility manager able to release energy alerts among the buildings and control the sharing of energy resources versus consumption among buildings. The sustainable energy considerations addressed consumption as a means to solve localized energy problems concerning the comfortability of occupants and the demands of events.
For the IBeam interaction concept, Ziui's influence on the design emphasized the importance of the sequential viewing when reading the building schedule, focusing on the overall visual emersion, and the operator being able to enjoy a softer visual tone to the interface. The visual styling is direct and straightforward in the content allowing the interface to guide the user’s attention to key information requiring action.
The building schedule theoretically shows the facility manager live references to events in the building and gives them control in comparing systems when and predicting the energy performance based on activity changes along with the ability to notify each building from a single location.