Facility Management

The transfer of information from the design team and the contractor to the owner/occupier is often problematic. Information is frequently delivered late, unstructured, and un-indexed, whether in physical or electronic chaos. Little information is provided in a useable form.

AEC3 has worked to address this problem by providing both strategic support and project specific implementation for process improvement within the construction and asset management, particularly using data exchange based on publically shared standards. AEC3 has extensive experience in specifying and implementing data exchange using XML, ifcXML and IFC (STEP). The following projects are particularly relevant :

  • Assisting the development of the Move Management capability within theI FC model. This was led by the US Army Corps Engineers (CAD/GIS Centre in Vicksburg) and was managed by Mr. David Horner. Other participants included Archibus (through Mr. Steve Segarra)
  • Costs and Financial Elements (CAFE) involved extension of the Facilities Management and cost models to enable better capture of cost information particularly in regard to maintenance and facilities management operations. The project was again led by the US Army Corps Engineers (CAD/GIS Centre in Vicksburg) and was managed by Mr. David Horner. Other participants included Mr. Gerald Davies and Ms Francoise Szigeti of the International Centre for Facilities
  • Review of the OMSI O&M standards for NASA
  • Technical management of the project on IFC Model Based Operation and Maintenance of Buildings including links from IFC buildingSMART to CMMS (Maximo) Asset Management Systems
  • Development of active forms to capture and deliver significant data packages as ifcXML for integration into building information models, for Taylor Woodrow plc
  • Creation and ongoing development of the ifcCOBIE application for transforming between IFC, ifcXML and the US COBIE formats with flexibility allowing tailoring to project specific requirements
  • Management of the US BuildingSMART Alliance Demonstration of Interoperability between Briefing, BIM design tools and CMMS systems in Washington DC, July 2008
  • Development of mappings from buildingSMART IFC to IBM Maximo v6 MEA and integration of PDF forms for Asset Survey Work Orders both formats
  • Leadership of the buildingSMART FM-10 extension project and the creation of the COBIE IDM/MVD sub-schema


Use of Portable Document Format (PDF) form to report and update information to and from IFC models :

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In 2005/6 AEC3 developed a Document submission form to collect structured information about transmittals that could be uploaded to a shared document management system (Extranet). AEC3 also developed a Type (Register) submission sheet for review by CERL-ERDC. This accepts the asset identifiers and allows updates to fields relevant to the specific stage of the project: the illustration shows the form once the stage has been identified as product "selection". Both applications use "active" PDF forms to ensure the widest possible acceptability and portability.


Development of a computer program to translate the US COBIE spreadsheet to and from IFC data files :

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IFC model based Operation and maintenance of Buildings ("ifc-mbOMB")was a UK Government "Partners in Innovation" project with several industry partners to prove the effectiveness of a single building model for design development and product selection so as to improve the handover to asset management. 2003-2005.

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The spatial hierarchy of Digbeth College, and the commissioning instructions for a grille, seen in Maximo v5 :

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In 2008 these mappings were re-used to integrate with the IBM Maximo v6 MEA Interface for the US Army, Fort Lewis DPW. The mappings were translated from ExpressX to W3C XSLT.



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