A Virtual Hierarchy can be used to group a number of virtual ‘sites’ or units, which are entities that might not necessarily carry attributes commonly associated with a physical building or asset. A business unit (e.g. Marketing) can be an example of a virtual site or unit that can be defined within the platform, which can be mapped to performance data that are associated with an actual building. And likewise, a university building’s performance can be attributed to different departments, faculties, or other ‘virtual’ organisational units: 

With hierarchies consisting of virtual sites and the use of virtual meters, users would effectively have more flexibility to ‘slice and dice’ data as they will not be limited to aggregating and organising data for reporting and analytical purposes by physical buildings or assets and would be able to analyse performance in multiple dimensions as required.