Large Scale Solutions Explored with BIMStorm® BIG BIM BangLearn-by-doing workshops and webinars show dramatic business process improvementsParticipants in BIMStorm® BIG BIM Bang workshops on December 7th and 8th 2011 were onlyinterested in large-scale improvements in building industry business processes. While some of theprocesses were applied to small parts of real project data sets supplied by Kaiser Permanenteand California Community Colleges, they are business activities that have large implications forcompanies of all sizes.Among the business processes explored were;- Large-scale portfolio facility management assisted by BIM;- Real-time building data exchanges that enable web-based collaboration on Google Earth;- Cross-platform software and hardware data management;- Planning-to-Design-to-Construction-to-Facility Management data harmonization;- Real time collaboration among many participants using multiple, interoperable BIM Servers;- BIM-to-GIS visual “mash ups” using, IFCs, BIMxml and other open standards proven methodsfor improving productivity and profitability.Participants at the Ecobuild Conference in Washington, D.C.and on the web learned and demonstrated live data sharingwith Building Information Model (BIM) and GeographicInformation Systems (GIS) software.Proven technology was explored and tested to find solutionsfor consistent data sharing and reporting using a network ofinteroperable hardware and software. Even BIM Serverinteroperability was demonstrated between BIMStorm®backbone ONUMA System and GTX Sync from GehryTechnologies.When so much is technically possible, the question is, “Can teams work together with technologyavailable today to solve large-scale problems?” Hundreds of participants and observers exploredthe question together in a manner that showed the answer is “Yes.”“It is good to use data from non-clients to explore new business approaches without worryingabout making mistakes on an actual project,” said Jason Reese, a project manager with BalfourBeatty, which was a platinum sponsor and had more than 50 staff and colleagues sign up to learnabout these proven business processes.This BIMStorm® was subtitled “Less talk and more action” to focus on demonstration of web-based building industry business processes in front building owners looking for building industryprofessionals able to provide repeatable services.The learn-by-doing workshop used real project data from real projects to allow teams todemonstrate the efficient, dramatically productive building industry business processes beingsought by leading owners. Kaiser Permanente and California Community Colleges provided realdata from seven projects for use in the BIMStorm® BIG BIM Bang. It is continuing online untilJanuary and February 2012 when final presentations will highlight the lessons learned during thisweb-based form of building industry business interaction.
Projects at many phases from Kaiser Permanente and California Community Colleges are being used to showthe value of available, real-time data sharing for the building industry.The event was held in conjunction with many co-located building industry events at Ecobuild2011. Architect and software architect, ONUMA, Inc. managed web-based and in-person learn-by-doing sessions that featured planning, design, cost estimating, construction scheduling, web-based Construction Operation Building information exchange, facility management dataorganization and other building industry business processes. BIM to FM was a significant focus asinstitutional owners can design for long-term maintenance savings and energy reduction.John Messner, associate professor of architecture at Penn State University, was at theWashington, D.C. Convention Center addressing professionals in person, as he broadcast back tohis students and other building industry professionals on three continents (see participant map athttps://www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?snapid=S332111jWIl ).Hyde Griffith, Vice President at Broaddus & Associates, used the the BIMStorm® to manage databetween the ONUMA System web server, Gehry Technologys GTX Server and COBie formats todemonstrate building industry business processes available today. Griffith noted that technology isnot the issue – good business processes are the key. “Work flows and business rules are harderto address than software coding,” says Griffith, whose colleague Matt Moore, Broaddus BIMManager also participated in the event for Broaddus, also a sponsor. “BIMStorm® activities allowbuilding industry professionals to use real project data before they have to work on real projects,”Moore stated.Griffith concluded, “BIMStorm® allows us to find ways to piece together and refine the valueproposition to the project and the owner.”Kaiser Permanente made data available from its Gwinnett Comprehensive Medical Center underconstruction in Duluth, Georgia and its Glenlake Comprehensive Medical Center & Ambulatory inSandy Springs, Georgia.
Real Kaiser Permanente project information Building Information Model data is being used in the BIMStorm®BIG BIM Bang.Gwinnett Comprehensive Medical CenterAlexander Herr, Kaiser PermanenteSenior Project Manager for theGwinnett ComprehensiveMedical Center, Atlanta, says, “Theproject consists of two phases ofconstruction. A new building will add66,000 square feet to the existingcampus. Renovations in the existingbuilding of about 19,000 square feetwill start after the new building isopen. Construction value isapproximately $21 million and thetotal budget is approximately $52million.”Kimon Onuma, FAIA, president ofONUMA, Inc., Pasadena, Calif.,indicates that since this project is inconstruction the interest is in “whatcan we do with this data as we go into operations and maintenance. This is a great opportunity forteams that want to look at this live model of a building that is already under construction and seewhat else can be done with it.”Multiple models can be observed on the project. There is a Revit model, SketchUp model, as wellas NavisWorks models which will be made available to the teams that want to participate.The Gwinnett team is using Vela Field Manager for commissioning activities and for the transitionof data into a NavisWorks model.
Herr says, “We are scheduled to receive the Certificate of Occupancy and issue SubstantialCompletion on January 13, 2012. Right now we are wrapping up the exterior cladding work andwe have been working on the interiors of the building with prime paint, casework, ceiling grid tile,overhead inspections and in the next couple of weeks we should be getting into the flooring andcompleting the finishes.”He adds, “The big thing that we are hoping to get out of this event is to gain insight into how theGC and A/E coordinated models can be updated with commissioning and Operation &Maintenance data efficiently. Once the model is loaded with that information, it is believed that theFacilities Department and our Engineering staff will be able to utilize the data to minimizeoperation and maintenance costs for the entire building life cycle.”The actual project’s general contractor, Skanska, is providing real project data for BIMStorm®teams to explore in their virtual demonstration projects.Glenlake Comprehensive Medical Center & AmbulatoryStephen Cox, Kaiser Permanente Manager of Facilities Design & Construction works in theGeorgia region and has been involved with Glenlake Comprehensive Medical Center &Ambulatory, Duluth, Georgia. The project is a high end, high acuity specialty Medical OfficeBuilding (MOB) along with a ambulatory surgery center and procedure area on a site that is justunder 18 acres.“This project is very early in the design process. The project is very similar to the Gwinnett project.It is an addition to an existing building. The existing building is about 120,000 square feet. Theproposed addition is about 120,000 square feet.” The addition of a 750-car parking structure isalso part of the project.Cox says there is a very aggressive schedule with completion at the end of 2013 or very early partof 2014. The Smith Group out of Washington DC is designing the project and the generalcontractor is St-Louis-based McCarthy Building Companies.“We hope to break ground sometime early next year year,” Cox says. In the meantime,participants are invited to use web-services to watch and participate in the design using the samedata as the live project. (None of the BIMStorm® activities are to be used on the project,BIMStorm® participants can practice web-based processes using real-life data being shared inreal time without the fear of their activities impacting the actual project. BIMStorm® participantscan have experience the legally contracted project team data sharing processes without legalobligation to the project team.Kaiser Permanente requested that business partners be ready to use productivity improving BIMprocesses. “They hadnt really seen that many owners specifying what they wanted to see inBIM,” Cox says.Building team members are all working out of Atlanta offices and include, architect of record HKS,Perry Crab & Associates for MEP services and the General Contractor is Skanska.
California Community CollegesJohn Roach, Executive Director, Technology Services, Foundation for California CommunityColleges 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 with theChancellors 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 the reasonfor establishing the Fusion, according to Roach. Because the college system has already hadorganized the data, it was well prepared to benefit from web-based BIM processes.“I am very excited about college district projects being involved in the BIMStorm® . It is greatopportunity for contractors working with the colleges or potential new contractors to get a sense ofwhat the California CommunityCollege work scope is,” saysRoach. “And it gives our districtsnew and fresh ideas and to seehow this collaborative approachand data sharing can help themsave money and get more donewith the limited budget we have tomaintain our facilities.”“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.” The FUSION database is linked through ONUMA to other programs.Information about the condition of building systems combined with the chancellors office annualupdates for enrollment forecasts allow districts to allocate spaces at individual campuses and addadditional forecasts.“With those three basic building blocks: 1) space inventory telling us what spaces we have andhow they are being used, 2) the condition of the space and 3) the enrollment forecasts thedistricts 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 and thecycle continues,” Roach says.
He added, “Each district maintains its own sets of data and then collaborate by sharing it throughweb services. Ideally we do it as we are doing it in the ONUMA System. We found that because ofthe standards approach of the ONUMA Systems and its light weight web-based approach, that itis the ideal tool for being able to link into these tools.”The Foundation for California Community Colleges is working with individual districts on largerfocused projects dealing on a range of projects from master planning through to maintenance,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 checking andupdating of the FUSION data.Onuma says, “We are actively looking for other tools that can connect to the FUSION system andadd more value to the colleges.” For example, at Glendale Community College, IRIS Greenbuildis using the ONUMA System and Energle software to link BIM with building automation systemsand sensors to FUSION data.Sensors provide real-time data through Energles dashboards. Also, web-based BIM lightingcontrols that provides the ability to turn lights on and off remotely are being tested and weredemonstrated at the BIMStorm® BIG BIM Bang. Onuma used a connection through a web basedBIM to turn off a light in a California building from the Washington, D.C. Convention center floor. A Light was turned off remotely through a BIM at the BIMStorm.At MiraCosta College, there were twoprogram requirements defined for tworeal buildings being developed at thecollege. Using a master plan created byHMC Architects entered into a webserver, 56 GIS layers from an ArcGISServer were able to be seen accurately,in real time in relation to planned andactual buildings. According to JohnRoach, making many GIS data setsavailable in relation to buildingsprovides a significant benefit for costeffective campus planning.Roach says, “We achieved theconnection between facility data,geographic information systems andBIM and created immediate. . . This hasallowed us to achieve rapid, accurate results at a modest cost. The smart, adaptable design of theONUMA System, has allowed FUSION to make great progress in a short time. . . This allows me,despite frozen budgets, to offer new features to my college districts at a time when they need itmost.”
Among the BIMStorm® participants were others from the California Community College systemand their contractors wanting to learn about the processes proven to provide value by givingaccess to data that can be easily used as needed by each campus.“BIMStorm® BIG BIM BANG is allowing access to several energy studies, audits for demandresponse and how to reduce energy use for an entire campus,” Onuma says.Onuma adds, “We are had a connection between the ONUMA System and GTX Sync, a mastermodel management web server. In the ONUMA System we keep models light weight, but if wehave a full blown Revit model that we want to see in 3D in a web browser - for example a mashupof the mechanical model with the architectural model - GTX Sync is going to have the ability toimport that Revit or IFC model and visualize it in 3D on the web.”Another focus of BIMStorm® BIG BIM BANG is data transfer using the Construction OperationBuilding Information Exchange (COBie) format, according to Tina Macica, MPM Consultancy,supporting the Build LACCD program. “We are developing a COBie specification to figure out howto take the information that we receive during construction – the operations manuals, themaintenance manuals, the warranty information and put it into a data format that you can you cantransfer it automatically into SAP,” Macica says. “The goal is to take information that is alreadyrequired to be delivered in the written format and move it into an electronic format.” Multiple California Community Colleges use web-based BIM.The test project is a lab building, so there isa significant amount of equipment in it and itis a common example of the different typesof items will need to be maintained. “We willneed to know how do we take some of thatinformation and hook it back into FUSIONso the client can manage the assets downthe line in a logical manner,” Macica says.“We will be uploading the maintenanceinformation into their maintenancemanagement system which is SAP.”“We released some of this informationduring the BIMStorm® so the differentproject teams utilized what we have done,”Macica says. Results will be displayed inthe final BIMStorm® BIG BIM Bangspresentations.While FUSION does not maintain equipment data, it does maintain room data, according toOnuma. “The opportunity is to have multiple systems talk about the same room. For example,LACCD uses their own FM CMMS Systems and also uses FUSION so that all the data fromdifferent systems can be related to the same room with accuracy,” he says. “We dont need everysingle element in this model that you see on the screen during facility management. What weworked on with the LACCD and Tina was to identify specifically what is 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 support facilitymanagement, according to Onuma. “So how do you break this data back down into a differentformat? It is not necessarily that the more data you have the better. It is really the appropriatelevel of detail for what you are trying to do throughout the whole project life-cycle,” he says.Onuma adds, “One very important theme for all of the BIMStorm®s 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. Thisis not possible unless you have consistent naming and numbering. It is as simple as that actually.We have to have consistent naming and numbering at a very basic level. If we cant namebuildings and number buildings and name spaces and number spaces in a consistent way, it isimpossible to say whats inside. That is the lowest level of BIM detail in this BIMStorm® . Letskeep data consistent. This seems simplistic, but this is absolutely the biggest challenge mostowners have is naming and numbering of spaces.”These challenges and many other related to improved productivity with web-based BuildingInformation Models are still being addressed in BIMStorm® BIG BIM BANG –www.BIMStorm®.com/WAS(end)
Healthcare BIM ConsortiumIn addition to promoting the activities of the American Institute of Architect’s Technology inArchitectural Practice www.aia.org//tap, which Mr. Onuma will be chairing in 2013, BIMStorm®time was spent promoting the Healthcare BIM Consortium group of the buildingSMART alliance.Xiajun Lin, AIA, LEED AP, with Kaiser Permanente National Facilities Services - FacilitiesPlanning division is supporting the collaborative efforts on behalf of her company and theHealthcare BIM Consortium.“The Healthcare BIM Consortium was created by healthcare owners in collaboration with softwarevendors, designers and builders seeking solutions for interoperability for facility life-cyclemanagement. Currently, the owners group includes Kaiser Permanente, Department of DefenseMilitary Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Sutter Health and recently we had theUniversity of Texas join the group.”According to Ms. Lin the Healthcare BIM Consortium is collaboratively addressing five core focusareas:1. Automate space PFD (Program for Design) validation in design submittal. Input Data Flow2.Automate Room Equipment (Project Room Contents) Validation. Input Data Flow3.Optimize the benefits of BIM during the execution of design to ensure successful projectconstruction.4.Automate the data population of computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) /CAFM. Output Data Flow5.Automate the data population – Medical Equipment & Furniture Inventory and MaintenanceSystem. Output Data Flow“We are very excited to be a part of this BIMStorm® and look forward to very interesting results,”says Lin. Details regarding the next HBC meeting will be posted on a site hosted by thebuildingSMART Alliancehttp://www.buildingsmartalliance.org/index.php/projects/activeprojects/162Onuma, a buildingSMART alliance board member has been involved with the HBC since early2010 and says, “Healthcare BIM Consortium is really looking at how data flows from differentparts of the building process.”For healthcare owners to be openly sharing project data with colleagues and competitors throughthe BIMStorm® activities is a clear sign of the common agreement on the importance of improvingbuilding industry processes to reduces costs and eliminate waste.(end)