Culture was Southern Company’s greatest obstacle for Plant Ratcliffe in Mississippi. In essence, it radically changed its design environment and culture through asset management system implementation. The cultural shift emphasized complete designs, including 2D/3D drawings and data. More than five years were spent deploying an asset life-cycle management system. Calculated ROI on the project is estimated to be over $4 million. A complete asset Reference Data Library was created that includes minimum data requirements for all capital projects. Iterative review processes and data streams are accounted for in the current configuration that manages data for an asset through an entire life cycle. Southern Company now is exploring configurations likely to include an RFID deployment and database that will merge design-generated information and procurement information with physical materials being received and constructed on site.
The Oakland Medical Center Replacement Project has featured several innovative techniques, including McCarthy’s use of Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)-based integration using the Construction-Operations Building information exchange (COBie) standard. The project team established strict quality control rules for IFC data generation and used specialized middleware software apps to check the quality of both geometry and data automatically. Field data were collected using iPad™ tablets. Kaiser Permanente’s required information was verified in EcoDomus PM using EcoDomus/Tekla integration and standardized COBie datasets. QC reports were thus available in EcoDomus. Operational life-cycle costs and interruptions were reduced through an enhanced data set of facility information utilizing the COBie format and IFC models. Improved quality of data was also achieved with the ability to support as-built BIM using vendor-neutral IFC/COBie formats. The ability to provide and maintain IFC files will result in long-term data archival.
The COBie standard is a breakthrough that allows building stakeholders to easily manage enormous quantities of facility and asset information during a building’s life. COBie allows facility data to be shared by using any proprietary software that is Industry Foundation Class (IFC)-compliant. The COBie standard was developed as the latest innovation in ERDC-CERL’s ProjNet™ suite of products. The COBie standard uses a spreadsheet and is based on an open-source data exchange standard (ISO 16739). COBie data can be continuously updated, providing timely and accurate as-built information. To further enhance its usability, COBie data can be loaded into BIM and exported in many different formats. COBie recently has been successfully deployed in projects for NASA, the U.S. Department of State Overseas Building Operation for new embassies, and Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center project consisted of a $68 million health professions education building, a $60 million medical research and education building, and a central utility plant. The university wanted to use open standards, such as COBie and Omni Class, to collect data during design and construction. This project was the first large project in the world to use COBie. The savings from using the process, managed by Broaddus & Associates and EcoDomus software, reached 45 percent of the standard handover costs. In addition, EcoDomus software enabled connection of the 3D CAD model to the collect COBie dataset, enabling creation of an intelligent BIM model from the 3D CAD. Element 9 of the Fiatech Roadmap, Life Cycle Data Management and Information Integration, focuses on the problems solved within this project.
Blach Construction's drivers for the Alum Rock Union School District project were: 1) enhance construction processes by providing model-based access to all relevant project data for onsite construction teams during construction, 2) create an as-built construction model that exists for the life of the facility, and 3) secure a majority of virtual design and construction efforts by the same software package to maximize interoperability. The benefit to the school district is that it has a visual tool to see and select an object in the model and retrieve all relevant data. The end result is both lower maintenance costs and increased sustainability through reduction in the district's carbon footprint.
Braun Intertec implemented the CoSign digital signature solution in order to facilitate secure collaborative work and streamline processes by allowing engineers to digitally sign e-drawings and other electronic documents. Since CoSign's signature verification does not entail any software installation on the receiving end, the company uses it in its communication with partners in addition to internal needs. Braun Intertec estimates its overall savings at over $100,000 in less than three years. The average cycle time for the delivery of one key report went from six weeks to three days and, in some cases, report turnarounds have been reduced from days to minutes.
Arto Kiviniemi led the Finnish national technology program "VERA" with a budget of $62 million. The program established Finland's position as one of the leading countries in utilizing integrated BIM in Real Estate and Construction industry. He led the global development and deployment of the integrated BIM concept. Kiviniemi was a member of Industry Advisory Board and Technical Advisory Committee of CIFE 1999-2005, and a member of the Scientific Committee of the BuildingEnvelope.org project at Harvard University 2001-2004. In September 2008 Kiviniemi returned to the industry to lead BIM development and implementation in Finland's largest building services engineering company, Olof Granlund.
ISO 15926 is a suite of standards that supports interoperability for data about the equipment and systems used in industrial processes over the life cycle of those objects. Some typical scenarios for its use are: sharing information between engineering contractors and subcontractors, acquiring information from equipment vendors, handing over data to operators of a new industrial plant, and harmonizing information across an enterprise that owns many plants.
In 2003, the General Services Administration (GSA) Public Buildings Service Office of the Chief Architect established the National 3D-4D-BIM Program. The primary goal of the program is to promote value-adding digital visualization, simulation, and optimization technologies to increase quality and efficiency throughout GSA project life cycles and beyond.