- Services Overview
- Building Information Modeling
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- Commissioning &
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- Facilities Portfolio Management
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Robert Fraga, FCMAA, AIA
Director of Facility Portfolio
Ralph Kreider, PE, PhD
Director of Digital Facilities
What is BIM?
The U.S. National Building Information Modeling (BIM) Standard defines BIM as the digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility.
How is BIM used?
BIM may be used through the entire facility development cycle as follows:
- Authoring: generating new information about a facility by prescribing, sizing, and configuring.
- Analyzing: examining aspects of a facility to gain better understanding for forecasting, coordinating, and validating.
- Communicating: presenting information about a facility in a way that can be shared or exchanged by visualizing, modeling, drawing, and documenting.
- Executing: using information to make or control a physical element of the facility by regulating, assembling, and fabricating.
- Managing: using facilities information to direct the use of facility information for tracking, capturing, quantifying, scheduling, and monitoring.
- Planning/consulting: MBP will develop a BIM Implementation Plan to optimize organizational strategy, project procurement, and project execution. This effort can be characterized as "beginning with the end in mind" by defining the client's objectives for design, construction, and operations; aligning project team members (the client, A/E, contractor, and subcontractors) in the documentation; and executing the project and BIM as the collaborative tool.
- Construction management: MBP uses the BIM model generated by the A/E to manage the design and construction of a facility including performing design and constructibility reviews, coordinating management, estimating cost, reviewing schedule, quality assurance, and claims avoidance.
- Commissioning: MBP uses BIM in commissioning to improve the capture, validation, and utilization of facilities information. A commissioning BIM facilitates future information updating and provides ease of use for monitoring, and managing energy consumption and systems and equipment performance optimization.
- Analytical consulting: MBP uses BIM's analytical capabilities to validate quantities and to better understand means and methods for developing cost estimates and processing progress payments. MBP uses BIM's visualization capabilities to formulate as-planned versus as-built scenarios for schedule management and claims avoidance. Additionally, MBP uses BIM to develop alternatives in response to project changes and other analytical needs of clients.
- Facility knowledge transfer: MBP gathers critical facility information from a design and construction model or by capturing information from an existing facility and importing this information into the client's Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) for effective operation and maintenance of building systems and equipment.
- Facility condition capturing: This service is designed to identify and document existing spaces, systems, equipment, and other salient facility characteristics by providing the client with a new or updated model of the facility. This model can be used for scenario forecasting, maintenance management, asset management, system controls, operations and maintenance improvement and additions and expansions to the facility. MBP uses available resources such as existing models, drawings and specifications, supplementary field validation of data, laser scanning and other appropriate technologies.
BIM is a transformational tool that brings efficiencies to all phases of facilities development. BIM is transforming the way facilities are planned, designed, executed and maintained. It also provides increases in productivity speed to market, cost savings, and predictable outcomes.
- Owner demand: 70% of owners report a positive ROI, lower project costs, and better outcomes.
- Industry growth: There has been a 43% growth in the utilization of BIM in the last five years from 2007 to 2012.
- Project profitability: 41% of BIM users report an increase in project profitability.
- Value by Project Phase: BIM users report a high value added in all project delivery phases from predesign to project close out and operation.
BIM allows for effective knowledge management: Industry studies suggest that up to 4% of the life cycle cost of maintaining a facility is attributed to absent, inadequate, or erroneous information. These costs can be reduced by developing and maintaining a BIM infused with data that locates, identifies, and describes key building systems and equipment throughout the facility. The result is a significant reduction in operating costs.
Attribution - McGraw Hill Construction - BIM Smart Market Report - 2008, 2009, 2012
The application of BIM alone does not improve project performance or facilities operations. The benefits of using BIM are optimized when the project team members are knowledgeable in design, construction management, and facilities operations and when the team collaboratively embraces BIM to design, build, and operate the facility.
MBP team members are highly experienced designers and construction managers. MBP provides customized services that leverage our team members' expertise in the use of BIM to deliver quality facilities, within budget and on schedule. Our team members take advantage of the analytical and visualization capabilities of BIM to improve all phases of facilities development, from planning to closeout and throughout operations.
MBP has a proven record of delivering exceptional outcomes and achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction. BIM is yet another method that enables MBP to deliver superior services to our customers.