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Linking BIM to the Field to Facilities Management

November 23, 2010

Interested in how the BIM is utilized in the Field and at the Facilities Management level? You might want to check out this On-Demand Webinar.

The webinar is a case study of Maryland General Hospital, a project that utilized BIM for Commissioning, owner Handover, and Facilities Management. There is a brief discussion on return on investment to the owner.

The basic BIM workflow for this project was the generation of the BIM in conjunction with the project construction by the General Contractor; however the use of Tekla by the GC facilitates the use of other IFC compliant BIM applications like Revit, Microstation & ArchiCAD which can export to IFC as a viable delivery method when the B.I.M. is being created by the architectural team. It was unclear which applications were utilized to construct the B.I.M. for this project.

Tekla was utilized by the construction team as their Construction Management Software enabling:

  1. IFC import of B.I.M.
  2. Clash detection 
  3. ASI (architect’s supplemental instructions), RFI (request for information),
      Submittal tracking
  4. Construction Scheduling and Schedule Linking to Primavera P6 & Microsoft 
  5. 3d change detection

Vela Systems was utilized by the construction management team for commissioning and hand-over and is not a Facilities Management Application. This application enabled:

  1. Inventory List generation
  2. Historical Database generation
  3. Linking of Documents to Barcodes utilizing a Management interface
  4. Facilitates motion tablets field gathered datalinks of: field notes, photos, 
      barcodes, O&M manuals, warranties, specifications, maintenance, etc.

Facility Manager from Tiscor was utilized by this particular owner for F.M.
While reference was made to this application providing maintenance alerts it was unclear whether this application would project annual capital expenditures based on these maintenance cycles.

It would appear that all three of these applications would be required at the management level with Tekla driving the 3D visual interface at the mobile tablets for maintenance personnel while Vela would facilitate the document management and retrieval via Tekla links, with the Tiscor Facility Management software deriving data from Vela. Vela systems appears to be acting as a database bridge between Tekla and Tiscor an essential field to management office connection.



Revit OpEd: Data Embedded in Revit

October 25, 2010

Steve Stafford, who runs the blog, Revit OpEd, responds to one of Carl Kilgore’s AUGI posts. Read all about it:

 Data Embedded in Revit

By the way, if you’re unaware of AUGI (Autodesk User Group International), go to the site and get yourself signed up. AUGI is the best online Think Tank for all things produced by Autodesk, including Revit.