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FME: The Ultimate Missing Link and Workflow for BIM and GIS at Denver International Airport

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2014: Year #1 with DEN (Denver International Airport)

DEN:
Hey Emmy, we have over 17 million square feet of facilities modeled in BIM of the airport, and much more to model. The spaces and buildings change constantly and GIS doesn't have the most current, up-to-date data and they rely heavily on us to provide it to them from our BIM model, but haha, that's almost impossible and definitely time-consuming! And the best we can do is just provide exported CAD files for them. What do you think, Emmy? Any ideas on how to make the impossible possible? And efficient?

Me:
(with a terrified look) No problem, I'll make the impossible possible! (while thinking to myself "why did I just say that, Emmy?")

DEN: Great! Let us know what we can do to help or what resources we can provide. Good luck!

2015:
Me: (Thinking to myself) Hey, what's this FME icon on my Desktop?

2017:
Me: Boss, remember in 2014 when DEN asked me to develop and implement a process to export data and geometry from our BIM model to GIS for use in ESRI and other applications? Bam! Here ya go! I know 3 years later, but I stuck with it, learned FME, conquered FME (sort of), and made what everyone thought was impossible, possible, and beyond!

I'm no expert, but through so many headaches, trial & error and figuring things out on my own through FME Knowledgebase and FME staff, I've become pretty good (not expert) at this FME thing and it's pretty shnazzy! And I'd love to share the experiences and maybe some tips and tricks that I've picked up along the way :-)

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FME: The Ultimate Missing Link and Workflow for BIM and GIS at Denver International Airport

  1. 1. FME: THE ULTIMATE MISSING LINK AND WORKFLOW FOR BIM AND GIS AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EMMY THAMMASINE
  2. 2. FLIGHT PLAN ★ Me, Me, Me… and DEN ★ The Problem ★ The Solution ★ Looking Back at the Struggles ★ Q&A
  3. 3. Live, Eat (a lot), Sleep, Breathe (BIM) Data: Extract, Transform + Analyze Working on the awesome Terminal Redevelopment Project (Great Hall) The (LONE) FME Guy: EMMY THAMMASINE BIM/Asset Manager, Special Projects Division
  4. 4. Live, Eat (a lot), Sleep, Breathe (BIM) Data: Extract, Transform + Analyze Working on the awesome Terminal Redevelopment Project (Great Hall) The (LONE) FME Guy: Basically means I’m not an FME guru, but the only one in the office to know enough to be dangerous (break it, fix it, break it again, fix it again, yada yada!) to get results (some results) EMMY THAMMASINE BIM/Asset Manager, Special Projects Division
  5. 5. The Airport Opened in 1995.. I WAS 18! Land Size 53 Square Miles (ranked 2nd largest airport in the world).. BIG! Operations 35,000+ Employees and Flies to Over 180 Destinations Revenue $1 billion (2017).. CHA-CHING! Traffic 61 million passengers (2017).. ZOOM-ZOOM! DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
  6. 6. Projects 200+ Active Construction Projects Facilities Modeled Over 18 Million S.F. (29+ Facilities) Modeled in Revit Assets 26,000 Assets in IBM Maximo Asset Management Database Integration Autodesk Revit, BIM 360 Field + Glue, Autodesk A360 Cloud Collaboration, ArcGIS, DEN Maps, Aconex, Unifier + FME………….. BIM AT DEN
  7. 7. “PUTTING DEN ON THE WORLD MAP”
  8. 8. THE BIG PICTURE: BIM TO GIS
  9. 9. Boss: Emmy, so we have something (a.k.a., an issue) to discuss with you.. We have millions of square feet of facilities already modeled in Revit. And we have this software that we just bought a license for; this FME thingy. It’s supposed to help us translate BIM to GIS, geometries and data and all. A little birdie told us that you are the data guru! Do you think you can do something like this for us?
  10. 10. Boss: Emmy, so we have something (a.k.a., an issue) to discuss with you.. We have millions of square feet of facilities already modeled in Revit. And we have this software that we just bought a license for; this FME thingy. It’s supposed to help us translate BIM to GIS, geometries and data and all. A little birdie told us that you are the data guru! Do you think you can do something like this for us? Me: Oh sure! I can do that. It’ll be a piece of cake!
  11. 11. Reality Settles In: Holy ****!
  12. 12. Reality Settles In: Holy ****! I’ve never even heard of FME!
  13. 13. Reality Settles In: Holy ****! I’ve never even heard of FME! What do I do now?
  14. 14. THE PROBLEM ➔ DEN GIS uses outdated exported CAD As-Builts ➔ CAD exports are lines only and do not contain data ➔ Data, such as room names, numbers, location ID, etc., are entered manually in GIS. That’s A LOT of data for 18 million S.F. of facilities and assets. Updating all that data is a nightmare!
  15. 15. THE SOLUTION: BIM GIS ➔ BIM is the new standard at DEN ➔ Revit models of all DEN facilities are updated daily and contain data critical to the operations and maintenance of the airport ➔ IFC exported from Revit models contain geometry and SPATIAL data!
  16. 16. SO, WHY FME WHEN WE HAVE OTHER RESOURCES?
  17. 17. SO, WHY FME WHEN WE HAVE OTHER RESOURCES? “Well, we heard FME can do wonders and because we already bought it!” :-o
  18. 18. NOW, WHAT’S THE PLAN?
  19. 19. WORKFLOW OVERVIEW
  20. 20. WORKFLOW OVERVIEW
  21. 21. WORKFLOW OVERVIEW
  22. 22. WORKFLOW OVERVIEW
  23. 23. WORKFLOW: 54321
  24. 24. WORKFLOW: MODEL REVIEWREVIT MODEL DESIGN STANDARDS MANUAL
  25. 25. WORKFLOW: 1 2 3
  26. 26. WORKFLOW:
  27. 27. WORKFLOW:
  28. 28. WORKFLOW: CONNECT At this point, everything is ready to go into production mode and all the data and geometries connect to DENMaps, a User-Friendly GIS Interface made available to all Denver City Employees TEST + DEBUG The DEN GIS team tests and debugs the data they receive and report back to us if there are errors. FIX We determine if the error can be resolved in FME directly or go all the way back to Revit and repeat the entire process from the beginning. UGH! 01 03 02
  29. 29. THE FINAL PRODUCT: DENMAPS
  30. 30. After all the data have been extracted, transformed and loaded, the final product is DENMaps
  31. 31. Users can select elements on the map and get detailed information about it, such as the area, location identifier, lease information, and space use type. The data and map imagery can be exported to different formats by users for presentations, design proposals, cost estimation, just to name a few.
  32. 32. THE STRUGGLES WERE REAL
  33. 33. BUT IT WAS WORTH IT! Is the process and workflow perfect?
  34. 34. BUT IT WAS WORTH IT! Is the process and workflow perfect? It’s not even close! But it has come a long way since 2014 and runs more efficiently.
  35. 35. BUT IT WAS WORTH IT! Is the process and workflow perfect? It’s not even close! But it has come a long way since 2014 and runs more efficiently. Was it hard to learn?
  36. 36. BUT IT WAS WORTH IT! Is the process and workflow perfect? It’s not even close! But it has come a long way since 2014 and runs more efficiently. Was it hard to learn? I wanted to give up after the first 10 minutes of opening Workbench, but I used all the resources available to achieve my goals: FME Forum, FME Help, FME Blog and Emailing Safe’s knowledgeable experts! I even earned some badges along the way!
  37. 37. BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS IFC Export, Not RVZ Export They both achieve similar results. For us, exporting to IFC was eons faster (maybe not eons, but definitely faster) than exporting to RVZ Workspace Runner FME workspaces makes tedious tasks efficient and reduce errors. FME Workspace Runners kicks FME Workspaces up another notch; BAM!
  38. 38. OTHER FME TIME-SAVERS Batch DGN to DWG/PDF conversion Less than 30 minutes to put together an FME Workspace and converted over 1,000 DGN files to DWG and PDF, without a copy Microstation Revit to 3D PDF Could be done with third party software, paid or free, but why not FME? Generates 3D PDF, but also include spatial data!
  39. 39. WHAT’S NEXT? FME Server ★ Automate everything we’ve developed and will develop with FME Server ★ 1st Attempt at automating in FME Server  Failed Miserably ★ Help? Anyone?
  40. 40. And Finally,
  41. 41. DO IT CORRECTLY THE FIRST TIME AROUND GOOD DATA IN, GOOD DATA OUT HAVE FUN WITH DATA! MODEL EVERYTHING
  42. 42. WE LOVE CATS
  43. 43. WE LOVE CATS CANINE AIRPORT THERAPY SQUAD
  44. 44. THANK YOU! Emmy Thammasine emmy.thammasine@flydenver.com

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