Cloud Computing and BIM – Article 2012 – TME

Cloud Computing and BIM - TME Article 2012


The increasingly competitive financial
and environmental landscape requires
public and private institutions to further
maximize facility planning and management.
Technologies such as Building Information
Modeling (BIM) and Cloud Computing
(Cloud) are disruptive technologies
converging to significantly alter traditional
construction and facility management
practices. Both technologies also embed
associated business process rules and
components that will enable enhanced
life-cycle management of the built environment,
alignment of structures with
organizational mission, and better consideration
of general community impacts.
Leading organizations already are investing
in the formalized definition and
creation of robust business process frameworks,
cultures, workflows and capabilities
to support collaboration, continuous
improvement and lean practices needed
to achieve higher productivity within the
architecture, engineering, construction,
owner and operator (AECOO) sector.
BIM and Cloud provide the digital
backbone to support the cost effective,
scalable development and deployment of
adaptive and efficient facility life-cycle
management practices.


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Facility Management Process/Technology Roadmap – BIM, IPD, JOC, TCO, EVM, IWMS

If you believe Cloud Computing is “hype”, “unsecure”, “won’t be accepted as an enterprise-wide solution”…. WRONG.

Significant change is upon the AECOO (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Operations, Owner) Sectors, and many are unprepared.

BIM… as a process (not as a 3D visualizuati0n tool) will be commonplace, in parallel with cloud computing, total cost of ownership, as well as efficient construction project delivery mechanisms such as IPD (integrated project delivery) and JOC (Job Order Contracting).

Currently used techologies and processes such as IWMS (Integrated Workplace Mangement Systems), EVM (earned value management), and LEAN are interim at best as they do not provide the level of domain-knowlege, ease-of-use, or scalability, collaboration and interoperability needed to be efficient.

IWMS systems, for example… like Maximo, TMA, Planon, etc.   have roots in legacy applications and/or specfic knowledge-domains (such as CMMS-commuterized maintenance management, or CAFM-computer-aided facilities management/space planning/utilization).  Despite attempts to provide equivalent levels of sophisitications across all requisite domains, they appear to struggle at best.

Similarly, processes sush as EVM or ” earn-valued management” are being applied to Construction Project Management.  While this may represent a step forward for many construction firms and Owners, is far too simplistic to enable facility life-cycle management and/or total cost of ownership (TCO) level decision support.

The convergence of BIM as a process and Cloud Computing provides the enabling platform for facility life-cycle mangement.   The future is now.

Sustainability and Federal Government Facilties – A Candid Survey of Federal Executives – GBC and Deloitte – September 2010

Federal agencies and public companies share sustainability challenges, however, JOC / Job Order Contracting provides an efficient Construction Delivery Method to deploy associated renovation, renovation projects for existing buildings.


Many respondents believe the level of  effort and resources put towards sustainability by their agency is lacking.  Over half  of  them call the sustainability effort “inadequate.” 

Many of  the roadblocks to sustainability are strategic or cultural.”

A majority (54 percent) of  respondents anticipate the level of  effort put towards sustainability will remain constant.”


Executive Summary

 Federal executives surveyed have taken significant steps to “go green” in their personal lives.  A strong majority (81percent) say they now turn off  lights when not in use.  Almost as many print less, turn off  electronics, use more energy efficient products, or recycle. 
 Federal executives believe they have a responsibility to promote sustainability in their agency as well.  Nine in ten of  those surveyed agree with the idea that they have such a responsibility.  Nearly as many of  them say that they have personally taken action to promote sustainability. 
 Respondents almost universally agree that it is important that their agency implements sustainable practices.  Over 95 percent call it very or somewhat important.  When presented with a list of  three elements of  sustainability and asked to rank their importance, most viewed all three as critical.
 While a “sense of  obligation” is the top reason for going green on a personal level, it ranks fourth among reasons agencies make changes.  Agencies’ moves towards sustainability tend to result from different motivators including fulfilling a mandate or reducing costs.
 Almost all respondents believe it is important to increase sustainability, but most report their agency has taken few actions
to do so.  In fact, on average, those surveyed know of  less than three things their agency has done
Many respondents believe the level of  effort and resources put towards sustainability by their agency is lacking.  Over half 
of  them call the sustainability effort “inadequate.”
  In contrast, four percent say the effort has been “excessive.”  
 Many of  the roadblocks to sustainability are strategic or cultural.  Over a quarter say that sustainability is not an agency
priority, or that there is a lack of  coordination.  Almost as many claim there is a lack of  involvement, enthusiasm, and engagement in “going green” among agency employees.
 Respondents recognize ways in which their agencies could become more sustainable.  Almost 60 percent say that better
education, training, and engagement can help their agency implement more sustainable practices.
A majority (54 percent) of  respondents anticipate the level of  effort put towards sustainability will remain constant.  A significant portion (39 percent) anticipate their agency will be more dedicated to sustainability in the future, while almost
none expect that their agency will be less committed to it.  
 Almost all federal executives (86 percent) say that a primary force driving them to be more sustainable is a sense of 
obligation.  Many also behave more sustainably to save money, while far fewer do so to follow a trend, or because of  social


Reasons for Agency Action to Increase Sustainability

Executive Order 13514

Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans

Most Important Sustainability Related Goals

AEC Myth #147 – Construction Estimating is More Art than Science

Efficient, accurate construction cost estimating is a very detailed profession that is highly dependent upon robust process, definitions, cost databases, terminology / taxonomy, technology, collaboration, and experience.

Granted the AEC industry in the US suffers from cultural issues and lags other sectors in the efficient adoption and deployment of technology, but this will change due to the altered worldwide environmental and economic landscape.

The evolution and convergence of Building Information Modeling (BIM), more efficient construction delivery methods such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Job Order Contracting (JOC), Capital Planning and Management Systems (CPMS), Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS), and Computer-aid Facility Management (CAFM), will drive a more collaborative, productive,Architecuture, Engineering, Construction, Operations, and Maintenance industry.

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