FACILITY LIFECYCLE – Building a BIG BIM Data Ecosystem

This month I  am beginning a series of events and postings leading up to the Irish Construction IT Alliance (CITA) BIM  Gathering  to be held November 14-15, 2013. The event, scheduled for Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse is entitled: Leveraging Building Information Modeling to Create Cultural and LEAN Transformation in the AEC Sector 2013, will be one of the year’s premiere showcases of the power and opportunities that come from using today’s tools and processes to deliver BIG BIM results, NOW. (#bimgathering, #BIM, #IPD, #LEAN)

When I wrote and published,  BIG BIM little bim in 2006, BIG BIM was, for all intents and purposes, a shining light on the horizon. Since then, BIG BIM and the things needed to make it happen have become real. There is no longer any compelling reason to wait or to avoid moving to BIG BIM.

On July 10, 2013 at 10AM Eastern, you have the opportunity to see BIG BIM in action… In Person or Log in and Watch.  Facility LifeCycle

Understand what BIG BIM is really about. Learn how you can overcome (or sidestep) the issues that come with little bim and processes that are forced into systems that are too complex, too expensive and too difficult to use.

Today, few understand what is required for the building industry to benefit from the information that surrounds us. Planning, design and construction remain linear and disconnected.  The industry continues to be wasteful and inefficient. Yet, the change to BIG BIM is happening, NOW! You need to understand what to do and how to benefit from the change.

Join Kimon Onuma, FAIA (@kimononuma), California Community Colleges, VA, DoD, NASA, the General Services Administration, the Architect of the Capitol, the National Institute of Building Sciences, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Management and Budget, US Coast Guard, architects, planners, engineers, technologists and others to be the first to learn about this emerging and sustainable approach to managing assets and integrated decision making.

The challenges of managing, maintaining, designing and constructing facilities is universal for owners large and small.

The California Community Colleges (CCC) has a total of 75 million square feet and 5,200 buildings. The Department of Defense Military Health System (DoD MHS) and Veterans Affairs (VA) have a combined total of 210 million square feet. As large owners they share much in common. They need to share processes, best practices and approaches for managing the big data that is generated by their large and small projects. Smaller portfolio owners have nearly identical challenges.

How does an Owner reduce cost, time, energy, increase quality, keep customers happy and manage all that is thrown at them on-the-fly and over time?

California Community College’s FUSION has had a direct influence on DoD MHS and VA. Their strategies and road maps are a direct result of this influence. These federal Owners have been watching CCC closely for a few years to understand what the CCC FUSION system has been able to accomplish rapidly and with limited resources. Owners everyone can learn from the example set by CCC and the recent work that DoD MHS and VA have published.

Everyone has a stake in where these processes are headed and can learn by witnessing the trajectory that these Owners are taking to better manage their assets in a world of constrained budgets and every expanding needs. The disruptions that have already happened in other industries is now moving full speed toward facilities.

The opportunities created by mobile devices and cheaper technologies have exploded. Expectations are quickly shifting toward breaking free of heavy, complex, and expensive systems. Building Information Modeling, Geographic Information Systems, and Facility Management are moving to the cloud.

The Future Starts Now

The Department of Defense Military Healthcare System and Department of  Veterans Affairs recently completed a strategic road map to help guide the future of their facilities. Their vision is big, but achievable. They have conceived and evaluated a rapid, lean and agile way to move forward into this new world of better managed and more sustainable assets. Their vision is ready to be shared with government and private owners.

Working BIG is a significant competitive advantage. Owners can make better early stage decisions. Insurers and investors can understand and manage with facts. The public can see and interact with the world around them. Educators at all levels can plan and support learning like never before. Designers and builders can start with facts and add facts as they do their jobs. Facility owners can make fact based decisions throughout the life of their assets.

Mark your calendar with this special opportunity. Please register, if you plan to attend in person, as space is limited. I hope to see your there… in person, or virtually. –Finith Jernigan, FAIA (@finith)

7.10.13    10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Eastern
National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington DC 
Join in Person or Virtually @ http://bimstorm.com/i/LifecyclePanel.php