Project Description

Delivering 6D BIM for the Future of Facilities Management

The University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA is an institution that is leading the way in leveraging Building Information Modeling (BIM) for facilities management. When undertaking the development of a new biomedical facility, the Albert Sherman Center, they sought to develop a complete, fully-integrated model that could later be leveraged by their operations and maintenance team to digitally monitor and manage building operations. Microdesk was enlisted through a partnership with the project construction manager, Suffolk Construction, to develop the as-built model, integrating all architectural and engineering models, along with their attached building elements and related data, into a single 6D BIM model.

The LEED® Gold certified advanced research facility is a nine-story, 512,000 sq-ft structure featuring research laboratories, six learning community centers, a 350-seat auditorium, café, and dining area, and fitness center. The center brings together the Advanced Therapeutics Cluster (ATC), the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, and the Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation, requiring the facility to meet a wide range of research and technology needs.

By establishing a collaborative approach from the outset and setting a clear vision for how BIM would be leveraged throughout the project lifecycle, the team was able to fast-track delivery of this complex facility to just 32 months and complete the project on-time and more efficiently, With a fully integrated 6D model of the Albert Sherman Center, UMass Medical School facility managers now have the ability to digitally access information on every building component via a Sharepoint site, Revit and Navisworks. Whether in the office or using tablet devices in the field, they can monitor systems, identify component manuals, or understand linkages from one mechanical element to the next at the click of a button.

The Albert Sherman Center will serve as a model for future UMass Medical School projects, and an endeavor to eventually model the entire existing campus.