SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Autodesk, the worldwide leader in BIM design software, published a case study about BIM implementation at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. A big part of that case study is dedicated to BIM’s usage for lifecycle building management.

Here’s a brief excerpt from the article:

With design and construction complete, USC is now extending BIM to lifecycle management by linking the data-rich design models of the new buildings to its existing operations and maintenance (O&M) software platform. “The new School of Cinematic Arts complex is the first time any of our buildings were designed using Revit MEP, so this is our opportunity to finally use BIM for ‘smart’ building operations and live maintenance monitoring,” explains Welsh [USC’s VP of Facilities Management].

“The 3D models of the complex’s main buildings – the first phase of the project – were great for design and construction, but unfortunately they did not contain the data that we needed for facility management,” says Jose Delgado, a CAD manager for USC’s facilities management services. “During the second phase, we worked with the project team, the installation contractors, and the commissioning agent to incorporate as-built facility data into the Revit models.” Data such as equipment numbers, electrical capacities, fan speeds, and hyperlinks to warranties and operation manuals. “A lot of the data we have added had been locked away in hard-copy documentation and drawings,” says Delgado. “By digitizing this data and making it more readily available to facility managers, we can leverage the information inherent in BIM to help make dramatic improvements to our overall response and repair time.”

The next step was to create a custom software solution and user interface that links the Revit models and data to USC’s O&M platform, giving it a more accurate and interactive visual capability. The custom solution, which uses software from EcoDomus, Inc., enables USC to compare “as operated” data received from building sensors and meters to BIM-based “as built” data and improve performance using “as maintained” data from USC’s maintenance management software. The implementation also features role-based access to the O&M platform, using four USC facility “personas” to deliver functions, data, and hyperlinks pertinent to that role. “Now we can access a single solution to find data and documents, get live performance information, and also see 3D graphics of system components, presented in the context of the building as a whole,” says Delgado.

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