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AEC – BIM Topics – Business Considerations for BIM

Jun 04 2020
8:30 am - 10:00 am

AEC – BIM Topics – Business Considerations for BIM

Track Name: Thursday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Session Date: Jun 4 2020 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Digital Content as Currency of the 21st Century Built Environment

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
The underlying foundation of the building industry has always been communication. A century ago, drawings were the best means of communicating design requirements into design into engineering into purchasing into assembly into use with operations and maintenance. The deficiency in drawings or even written documentation? Interpretation. Interpretation is merely an opinion. Two people can sit at the same table and simultaneously look at the same paper drawing and arrive at a completely different conclusion of the drawing's meaning. Enter the digital age. In digitalization, everything is defined in 1's and 0's, black or white, yes or no. Designs are able to be constructed and experienced virtually, before being physically constructed. A digital twin of an actual building product is able to be incorporated into a digital model of a facility as a building block, or Lego. That digital facility is used in a digital model of a city which is able to plan and manage infrastructure requirements. These digital facility models need to become dynamic, organic, functional twins of the physical facility. In so doing, the facility can be maintained and managed effectively; optimized based on actual use and conditions. The models become a platform to host IoT system, further giving benefits to the owner. The underlying foundation now necessary is data. Real performance data. Actual object visualizations. The tools being leveraged today are designed to consume actual values from data of actual building products. Today's CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) platforms can virtualize the difference in airflow geometry between different manufacturers of the same size outlet air grille.


Steve Holzer


ROI Strategies for BIM for FM: What Gets Measured, Gets Accomplished

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM
For owners and facility managers BIM can be a powerful tool, enhancing a building?s operations and maintenance process. An efficiency increase of just a few percentage points over the life of the building may represent millions of dollars. Owners are the beneficiaries of 60-70% of the project benefits but they ultimately perceive productivity by the amount of output the building gives relative to the input required. Before anything, a facility?s director or operational manager needs to make a financial case to fund the level of BIM implementation required for their organization and be able to analyze its financial impact. A common goal is to show that automation, monitoring and mobile devices will improve information availability of a facility?s operations, maintenance and reporting through expediting identification and resolution of facility issues and how these could prevent failure or disruption of mission critical factors which can result in serious impact on business operations. In this session you will learn how to identify and demonstrate use cases that impact the organization?s core values and ways to approach it including measuring BIM vs the current environment and the direct and indirect impact in areas such as time waste in access to accurate information (as-builts, maintenance of warranty and service information), Delays, overtime, Quality failure, safety failure, turnover, document error and errors with regards to deconstruction and retrofitting. And also, understand the soft and hard costs that will account for the BIM expenditure including software, Training, Resources and how the figure can be converted to a percentage of contract value. Once owners adopt BIM technology, they need to know what to base their performance on. Accurate calculation of ROI on BIM is complex based on a range of factors such as the level of adoption/maturity, contract language, executive buyin, among others. You need to define and establish measurable metrics that will help stay on track and measure progress towards defined goals. We?ll explore some traditional metrics to quantify including: Avoided potential operations reduction or shut?downs, Reduced time to determine and implement corrective actions, Reduction in necessary emergency maintenance and Reduction in resource utilization. Understand how to translate the Impact of a BIM Process and how to measure it at functional role and organizational level and to interpret data for a building engineer that cares about time to address a work order, the building manager that cares about the cost per scheduled work order, the facilities director that cares about the operating cost per square foot and the CFO wanting to know the facility cost as earning per share. Understand a framework methodology for a BIM implementation that considers both monetary and managerial outcomes. The business case for BIM takes into account key tangible and intangible outcomes. Case studies of projects utilizing BIM demonstrate productivity gains from 5-25% on average depending on how the process is managed. Firms that have a formal process for evaluating savings will report higher savings.


The Lifecycle of a Building: Virtual Models That Add Value

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
The construction industry has a long record of poor productivity, and every project seems to be plagued by unforeseen costs and delays. In fact, just 25% of projects came within 10% of their original deadlines in the last three years. While the rise of Building Information Modeling (BIM) has helped mitigate some of these problems, the core issue we run into with virtualization of buildings is the concept that we are creating a visual model. Although visual representations are incredibly immersive, the creation of these models can be expensive and time-consuming. So much so, that in some cases, by the time the model is finished, things have changed in the actual building and the model is no longer current. However, when done right, virtual models help control construction costs. In fact, there is significant value in the added insight that allows teams to streamline the building process and reduce setbacks like change orders, which have accounted for 8% to 14% of capital construct projects in recent years. As an added benefit, the more "self-aware" the model and information are, the more value they provide. With the rise of BIM and collaboration tools there is an increasing amount of knowledge, data and information gathering during the design and construction process. Using BIM, intelligent 3D models are created automatically using the same tools as designers, engineers, and artists use, such as Revit, SketchUp, etc. In order to be valuable, it's important that these visual representations reside on a platform that collects and maintains all the data and ongoing history as this information is crucial in relation to change orders and future property management. For example, a building's exterior is completed before the team builds out the interior walls and rooms. BIM allows all parties to see if a wall might line up directly with a window during the design process, thus eliminating the need for a change order down the line. If that same window is damaged five years after the building is built, the information around the manufacturer and model number is readily available within the window but its value is only as good as its ease of access by the property manager. In this session, Mitch Hughes and Graham Massell of Massell Commercial Real Estate will discuss the importance of collecting and maintaining as much information as possible within the virtual model itself and how that, along with tools like BIM, can lead the construction industry to be more productive and efficient, from communications about the building, to the work done by the occupants, and the maintenance staff.


Mitch Hughes

ViZZ (a DSi-Digital Company)

Texas-sized BIM: How the State of Texas utilizes BIM Now and in the Future

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
While Building Information Modeling (BIM) is still largely scrutinized by both public and private organizations, regarding intellectually property, security, standards, and common methodology, at the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC), State of Texas, the underlying technology and its ecosystem has steadily been innovating and evolving at speeds that far outpace other administrations. The innovation of BIM versus the implementation of BIM is taking many forms at present and many more that we simply do not see coming. This presentation seeks to provide an overview of the evolving maturity of BIM use cases from a large, government owner?s perspective, the value of those use cases to other owners and professionals, and how the State?s newest masterplan project is enhanced by the use of BIM. When BIM was originally conceived, the thinking was incremental and still mired in a world of computer-aided design (CAD) and contract language that opposed collaboration. Over time, the promise of BIM overshadowed the actual technological capabilities of those who wanted to utilize BIM and thus the dream of ?BIM unification? was injured and lost its way due to skepticism. The initial remit for BIM by the TFC was to have one BIM to rule them all, but as time progress and projects were managed, a far more mature and deliberate process was created. Recently however, the advent of cloud computing, more collaborative contracting methods and standards, and more mature use of BIM both in design and construction offices, coupled with in-the-field construction has both matured the confidence and complexity of BIM utilization, assisting owners like the State of Texas with reaching even more value from BIM. Unbeknownst by many, throughout this industry learning curve, the actual technology and subsequent uses for BIM have been evolving through innovation both inside and outside the design and buildings industry. BIM has grown well beyond a tool and is now poised to become a living database that is connected directly into the Internet of Things (IoT) future. Everything in the physical world will have virtual beginnings and/or attributes in the virtual world of BIM? BIM will directly connect to or assist with how multiple industries interact with one another and the means and methods by which that create the built environment. Owners, including the State of Texas should be at the forefront of this digital transformation, not laggards that simply regulate innovation after the fact. Exponential innovations falling over one another in the realms of drone technology, virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics, bio-analytics, climate analysis, and financial technologies, just to name a few, will all be interconnected using BIM as their ?big data? hub. Advances in BIM now allow us to not only see through walls, but also allow us to see into the past and the future! Make no mistake, the wave of innovation that is overtaking the current paradigm of BIM technologies (BIMtech) will effect industries on a local, state, federal, and global scale and will propel us into a next generation of subject matter expertise, education and training, sustainability, standards and


Audience Q & A Panel Discussion

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM


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