Project Description

Columbia University’s Urban Campus for the 21st Century

THE CHALLENGE: Columbia University’s Manhattanville development is a 17-acre campus that will open its first buildings in late 2016. Lend Lease, the development and project management firm leading the construction process, at the beginning faced challenges in ensuring that they could meet the university’s aggressive goals and deadlines due to the scope of the project. Aside from keeping the project on schedule, the university wanted to create a system to ensure building models would be created to a  meticulous level of detail, such that Columbia University would have the ability to use the information in the models to track assets in order to support building maintenance both when the facilities open and in the future after any design renovations occur.

SOLUTION: Microdesk partnered with Lend Lease and Columbia University to implement a strategic plan for creating a streamlined process that would utilize advanced technology techniques to develop fully integrated building information models for facility management. Microdesk’s first step was developing an efficient workflow for delivering facilities management models for the development’s first three proposed buildings. Once the collection of Revit models for the three buildings was completed, lighter-weight Navisworks companion files were applied and integrated for as-built conditions at a level of LOD 500. These models contained hundreds of thousands of objects with millions of data points that were all fully aligned, ensuring the plethora of data required for asset management integration was being integrated into the model from the outset.

RESULTS: The workflows and processes put in place by Microdesk at the beginning of the project ensured that all involved parties were aligned to the project goals, which has kept it on schedule for completion. Due to the success of this engagement, the partnership has been extended to engage Microdesk for additional services on other parts of the Manhattanville project, including consultation on uses of post-construction tools and technologies that can be used for asset management, such as IBM Maximo and Microdesk ModelStream.