Proven Web-based BIM Benefits for Large Portfolio Owners


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Proven Web-based BIM Benefits for Large Portfolio Owners

  1. 1. Proven Web Benefits for Large Portfolio Owners Benefits of Building Information Models (BIM)Academic discussions are not necessarily practical. But when education executives talk about how they run theirown facilities, it is good to hear their own words on the subject.Below are excerpts from publicly available videos by the Facilities Engineer from the US Coast Guard Academy,and facilities leaders from California Community Colleges, the worlds largest higher education operation by totalfacilities size. All the executives discuss web-based Building Information Models (BIM) and open standardsbusiness processes that increase productivity and profitability in a way that benefits all building owners.US Coast GuardUSCG Commander G. Scott Gesele, PE, PMP is Facilities Engineerfor the US Coast Guard Academy. In a 5-minute overview video, hethat states that he learned business processes proven in BIM award-winning projects conducted by the USCG headquarters team.Projects included dramatic time reduction in design of mission criticalfacilities and modeling all 33 million square feet of USCG Facilities ata low level of detail. “At the end of the day, its a better way tomanage our facilities,” says Commander Gesele in a the video onthe of use of web-based BIM and open standards at his New London,Connecticut historic campus. (right)US Coast Guard Academy and BIM - 5-minute overview video Community CollegesCalifornia Community Colleges uses Building Information Models “landed” on Google Earth to clearly showbenefits of web-based management of costs, schedules, conditions, energy consumption and many other usesof more than 5,000 facilities on 112 campuses.Fred Harris, Assistant Vice Chancellor, College Finance & Facilities Planning, California Community CollegesChancellors Office, addresses the benefits of open standards and web-based business processes.Harris says, “California is in a resource constrained environment, and it is increasingly critical that we managethe enormous amount of information within the system in an efficient way. These conditions have driven ourinterest in open standards for Building Information Models, Geospatial Information Systems and facilitymanagement.“Through the application of the BIM processes, interfaced with FUSION, GIS and other data repositories, wesupport buildingSMART alliance standards and make our data available as IFC, COBie, KML and BIMXML atvarying levels of detail.“The end result is a substantial savings of time, accuracy of information and a growing value in support ofthe California Community College districts.” (Below Pasadena City College, multiple reports using one Model.)
  2. 2. Larry Eisenberg was Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Development for Los Angeles CommunityCollege District, which has a $6 billion buildings fund. Eisenberg publicly advocated the use of open standards-based BIM business processes on the web while at LACCD. “Between the Building Information Model andits feed into the Geospatial Information System we can use that in an operational real way to drive ourinstitution,” says Eisenberg at minute 20:21 in the video at the following link: Roach is Executive Director of Technology Services with the Foundation for California CommunityColleges. Roach says, “72 million square of building data at the room level is vitally important to thedistricts on a whole range of activities across the planning cycle from master planning to maintenance,energy assessments, job ticketing. Fred and I have always looked for ways to make that FUSION data moreaccessible to the districts for a range of activities.” (At 17:45 in the video at the following link, which also featuresFred Harris) links to related use videos on the use of web-based models at educational facilities are listed below:Pasadena City College and Energy Sensors orders are also described as part of the 25-minute video. The last five minutes are a concentrateddemonstration of data management benefits from real-time, web-based BIM business processes.FUSION CCCGIS ONUMA at Society for College and University Planning presentation at Stanford University with Fred Harris in March 2012.California Community Colleges American Institute of Architects presentation Overview created for the technology committee of the American Institutes of Architects.California Community Colleges FUSION Utilization (and) Space Inventory Option Net (FUSION) 5-minute OverviewLos Angeles Community College District – Facility Management overview of how web-based BIM is helping a California Community College District achieve dramaticsavings.FUSION + CCCGIS + ONUMA presentation including John Roach, Executive Director, Technology Services with Foundation forCalifornia Community Colleges.FUSION+GIS+ONUMA+ENERGLE video on how energy sensor data can be seen on Google Earth in real time. (below)Construction-Owner Building Information Exchange implementation related to work order improvement usingbuildingSMART alliance processes at Texas A&M Health Sciences Center is discussed in a 7-minute video: more info:, or contact Mike Bordenaro: mbordenaro at cs dot com