Event Recap – BuildingSuccess NYC

AEC industry professionals gathered on January 24 at Microdesk’s BuildingSuccess New York City event to hear how two forward thinkers apply Building Information Modeling (BIM) for operations and facilities management at their academic institutions. The program drew representatives from New York Presbyterian Hospital, Turner Construction, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and Robert A.M. Stern Architects.  The evening forum featured networking, presentations, and a panel discussion between Princeton University Associate Director of Design and Construction Bill Bausmith and Columbia University Executive Director of Facilities and Operations Ed Oldak, which was moderated by George Broadbent, Vice President of asset management with technology consulting firm Microdesk.

Bausmith discussed Princeton’s approach to implementing BIM throughout the design and construction process and building lifecycle. When developing BIM standards, he said, the team is “Proud to say they did it backwards and they are thankful for how they did it backwards.”

Bausmith explained that the team focused on content and model integration, not the other way around. They began developing BIM standards with a needs assessment to figure out what they wanted, and the type of information, documents and level of details needed in a model. After interviews with stakeholders, the team determined that document asset information, type of device and user interface, ability to isolate systems and location-based queries were extremely important. Bausmith emphasized subcontractors must understand the information so it is properly implemented in a BIM standard.

Ed Oldak thanked Columbia’s Manhattanville Campus “pioneers” for their early recognition of BIM as an essential approach, and for their action in mandating it across the university. He noted Columbia took the approach of using Maximo and runs all project management, work orders and model viewers through it. Oldak said it provides their team with access to raw specs data and other information associated with the asset. Using this model, Columbia has had a successful track record with three new buildings.

Over time, he said the team learned they needed to get closeout documents completed quicker because the owner wants the building open and occupied as soon as possible. They also realized Maximo needed to be modified to utilize various types of attachments. Oldak expects Columbia’s roll-out of Maximo Mobile to continue and serve as a dedicated BIM resource for the Manhattanville campus.

BuildingSuccess launched in 2008 and has since grown into a regular quarterly gathering of industry leaders and business managers in major cities across the country. Be sure to regularly check our events page to see if a BuildingSuccess is coming to a city near you.

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