California Community College's use of web-based Building Information Models in BIMStorms - online brainstorms using BIM - is described in this overview article illustrated with webinar screen
California Community College's use of web-based Building Information Models in BIMStorms - online brainstorms using BIM - is described in this overview article illustrated with webinar screen captures.
BIMStorm BIG BIM BANG Healthcare + EducationTwo significant building owners, Kaiser Permanente and California Community Colleges, aresupporting the BIMStorm BIG BIM BANG “sandbox” with projects that encourage those in thebuilding industry to explore use of web-based Building Information Models.BIMStorms are a series of “online brainstorms” and in-person sessions using web-basedBuilding Information Models to explore dramatic productivity improvements using openstandards to share information among many software programs for planning, design,construction, operations and maintenance. Organized by ONUMA, Inc., and supported bysponsors, BIMStorms are free for those interested in learning owner business processrequirements.The following is an exploration of the California Community Colleges portion of theBIMStorm, which will be held over a period of three months, with an in-person focus atEcobuild 2011, Washington, D.C. December 6.For more information visit: http://www.BIMStorm.com/WAS
An Educational Facilities Owners PerspectiveCalifornia Community Colleges is making data available on multiple projects for twocampuses. MiraCosta College will be the site for a project in early planning, three projects aspart of an overall east-side campus plan. The three design projects are 1) a new athleticscenter, 2) a new operations and maintenance facility and, 3) a new parking area with solarphotovoltaics.For Mission College, an exploration of data sharing from the Construction-Operations BuildingInformation Exchange format (COBIE) to facility management software will be addressed.“The BIMStorm gives our districts new and fresh ideas and to see how this collaborativeapproach and data sharing can help them save money and get more done with the limitedbudget we have to maintain our facilities,” says John Roach, Executive Director, TechnologyServices, Foundation for California Community Colleges. It is great opportunity for contractorsworking with the colleges or potential new contractors to get a sense of what the CaliforniaCommunity College work scope is.”Roach supports the institutions 72 districts and 112 campus throughout the state. “All of thosedistricts and campuses are using our facility maintenance program Fusion to collaborate withthe Chancellors office on annual reporting,” Roach says.Fusion is an internally created, online database that assists with space utilization and facilitymanagement for 71 million square feet of facilities. The need for integrating information and tostreamline and standardize the exchange of information dealing with the facilities was thereason for establishing the Fusion, according to Roach. Because the college system hasalready had organized the data, it was well prepared to benefit from web-based BIMprocesses.
For this BIMStorm the California Community College will, for the first time, generate projectprogram requirements in BIM from FUSION which will then be made accessible to the designteams to work with and submit the completed BIM back to FUSION for compliance checkingand updating of the FUSION data.“The districts have obligations toannually submit space inventoryinformation explaining what spacehas been added, what space hasbeen removed and how thosespaces are being used down to theroom level,” Roach says. “We havea team of assessors that travel thestate full time and visit eachcampus, walking each buildingapproximately once every threeyears.”Information about the condition ofbuilding systems combined with thechancellors office annual updatesfor enrollment forecasts allowdistricts to allocate spaces atindividual campuses and addadditional forecasts.“With those three basic building blocks: 1) space inventory telling us what spaces we haveand how they are being used, 2) the condition of the space and 3) the enrollment forecaststhe districts then develop their capital construction plans,” Roach says.As capital plans are approved by the chancellors office and then funded, active projects moveinto the project module of Fusion. “As projects are built out and the last of the financialreimbursement claims are processed, the project moves back into the space inventory andthe cycle continues,” Roach says.He added, “Each district maintains its own sets of data and then collaborate by sharing itthrough web services. Ideally we do it as we are doing it in the ONUMA System. We foundthat because of the standards approach of the ONUMA Systems and its light weight web-based approach, that it is the ideal tool for being able to link into these tools.”The Foundation for California Community Colleges is working with individual districts onlarger focused projects dealing on a range of projects from master planning through tomaintenance, ticketing, sensor and energy reading, according to Roach.For this BIMStorm the California Community College will for the first time, generate projectprogram requirements in BIM from FUSION which will then be made accessible to the designteams to work with and submit the completed BIM back to FUSION for compliance checkingand updatiing of the FUSION data.
Onuma says, “We are actively looking for other tools that can connect to the Fusion systemand add more value to the colleges.” For example, at Glendale Community College IRISGreenbuild is using the ONUMA System and Energle software to link BIM with buildingautomation systems and sensors to FUSION data.Sensors provide real-time datathrough Energles dashboards.Also, web-based BIM lightingcontrols that provides the ability toturn lights on and off remotely arebeing tested.“BIMStorm BIG BIM BANG isallowing access to several energystudies, audits for demandresponse and how to reduce energyuse for an entire campus,” Onumasays.Onuma adds, “We are going tohave a connection between theONUMA System and GTX Sync, a master model management web server. In the ONUMASystem we keep models light weight, but if we have a full blown Revit model that we want tosee in 3D in a web browser - for example a mashup of the mechanical model with thearchitectural model - GTX Sync is going to have the ability to import that Revit or IFC modeland visualize it in 3D on the web.”Construction-Operations Building information exchangeAnother focus of BIMStorm BIG BIM BANG will be data transfer using the ConstructionOperation Building Information Exchange (COBie) format, according to Tina Macica, MPMConsultancy, supporting the Build LACCD program. “We are developing a COBie specificationto figure out how to take theinformation that we receiveduring construction – theoperations manuals, themaintenance manuals, thewarranty information and put itinto a data format that you canyou can transfer it automaticallyinto SAP,” Macica says. “Thegoal is to take information thatis already required to bedelivered in the written formatand move it into an electronicformat.”
The test project is a lab building, so there is a significant amount of equipment in it and it is agreat example of the different types of items will need to be maintained. “We will need to knowhow do we take some of that information and hook it back into FUSION so the client canmanage the assets down the line in a logical manner,” Macica says. “We will be uploading themaintenance information into their maintenance management system which is SAP.”“We are going to releasesome of this informationduring the BIMStorm so thedifferent project teams canutilize what we have done andsee if it works,” Macica says.While FUSION does notmaintain equipment data, itdoes maintain room data,according to Onuma. “Theopportunity is to have multiplesystems talk about the sameroom. For example, LACCDuses their own FM CMMSSystems and also usesFUSION so that all the datafrom different systems can be related to the same room with accuracy,” he says. “We dontneed every single element in this model that you see on the screen during facilitymanagement. What we worked on with the LACCD and Tina was to identify specifically whatis needed from the model. Some of it could be very simple data about a piece of equipment.We might not need all the ducts, but we need all the air handling units, for example.”Many models being delivered to owners are great for construction but they dont supportfacility management, according to Onuma. “So how do you break this data back down into adifferent format. It is not necessarily that the more data you have the better. It is really theappropriate level of detail for what you are trying to do throughout the whole project life-cycle?” he asks.Onuma says, “One very important theme for all of the BIMStorms and a lot of the owners – ishow to consistently get data from all of our facilities that can be rolled up to a portfolio level.This is not possible unless you have consistent naming and numbering. It is as simple as thatactually. We have to have consistent naming and numbering at a very basic level. If we cantname buildings and number buildings and name spaces and number spaces in a consistentway, it is impossible to say whats inside. That is the lowest level of BIM detail in thisBIMStorm. Lets keep data consistent. This seems simplistic, but this is absolutely the biggestchallenge most owners have is naming and numbering of spaces.”These challenges and many other related to improved productivity with web-based BuildingInformation Models are being addressed in BIMStorm 2011 BIG BIM BANG –www.BIMStorm.com/WAS###
• November 14, 2011 - 8 am Pacific | 11 am Eastern - Live Planning Session II• November 22, 2011 - 8 am Pacific | 11 am Eastern - Live Planning Session III• December 7 and 8, 2011 - BIMStorm Live at ecobuild, Washington, DC• December 8, 2011 S603 Big BIM Bang