DGS/DCS Evolution – A Retrospective

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This blog discusses the evolution of our DGS-DCS and the journey to develop a way of clearly defining and specifying requirements for design and construction teams to enable the definition and management of all data and document handover requirements for Facilities Management.

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Data and Document Collection for FM Handover

We have recently published a series of blogs all focused around the need to provide, at handover, a rich, robust, reliable data set to support Owners through the entire life cycle of the facility.  These three blogs, Level of Information Need, Data Quality, and Digital Twins highlight the steps needed to establish goals and uses…

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Same or Similar? Specifying a Digital Twin

Same or Similar? Specifying a Digital Twin

How do you respond to a client who asks for a Digital Twin as a deliverable in the Architectural Engineering, Construction, Owner Operator (AECOO) Industry? In the following blog, we set out the major aspects that need to be understood, defined, and addressed. Firstly, what is the Client’s understanding of a Digital Twin? Do they…

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Delivering COBie data is a team sport

If there’s something that we have learned from working with owner-operators, it is that the team wins, not individuals. Each project team has their area of expertise – architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing – and they provide support with their specific skill set but they must play together for success. Never is this more apparent…

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BIM Consulting Lessons from a Power Plant Project

Edwin Guerra, BIM Consultant recently presented – BIM Consulting Lessons from a Power Plant Project – at the CanBIM Saskatchewan Satellite session. This presentation focused on the role of the BIM Consultant as a QA/QC independent third party for this project which involved the design and construction of a new below grade campus Power Plant…

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Who’s Who in an Alberta Infrastructure COBie Team

The use of COBie by Alberta Infrastructure (AI) introduces new terms that our industry may not be familiar, such as Asset Information Manager (AIM) and Asset Execution Plan (AEP). Practitioners in our industry will inevitably ask: what are these terms and why are they necessary? Perhaps more importantly, how much more work is involved? The…

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BIM Requires New Thinking

This article was written by Geraldine Rayner for the Winter 2016 issue of Plumbing & Mechanical. View the original here. Once upon a time, design consultants would generate  design  documents by drawing on trace and Mylar, the equivalent of driving a horse and buggy on the road. Then along came ‘Computer Aided Drafting’ (CAD)  which…

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[Watch] 5 BIM Metrics for Owners

BIM authoring and review tools have been adopted and used by Designers and Contractors. Building owners are beginning to recognize new opportunities that result from implementing a BIM process. By using just five simple metrics, building owners can realize a significant process improvement that will help them reduce risk and operate their buildings better and…

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Owner-driven BIM

Building owners have important post-construction needs that are often poorly addressed with legacy paper-based workflows. This presentation demonstrates how owner-defined BIM standards can help streamline data management throughout the life cycle of a building. Viewers will be able to: List current challenges in “template” Project Execution Plans and workflows Understand the components of an owner-driven…

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