In May 2017, Bernhard TME trained the ACNW team, starting with a kick off meeting to increase understanding and engagement. Bernhard TME developed a test environment with 20 assets so that the project team could become familiar with the process. Part of the maintenance staff began by taking pictures of the assets and hanging the asset tags with associated barcodes. “The team learned the building by using their CMMS software,” says Mark. “While we were still putting data into the CMMS, we wanted them to become familiar with the system early enough in the process that if something were to go wrong, we could fix it without a great loss.”
Additionally, Mark and the team created seven model views of the facility, accessible on iPhones and iPads, all of which are color coded, and blend together design and construction data. With a maintenance staff of 12, and only three computer terminals, everything else at ACNW is run on iPads. Keeping this in mind, Mark developed a method for increased accessibility to the equipment data after building opening. Mark and the team created asset tags with barcodes that could be scanned to provide asset data that had been collected. FMs and building operators can use an iPad or iPhone to scan and view data, training data, warranty information, and models on all documented equipment within the facility.
As of November 2017, there were over 1,800 pieces of validated data in CMMS, all tied to 3D geometry. A total of over 2,700 validated assets were added to the CMMS and working by Day 1 of operations, with 500 preventative maintenance tickets submitted and over 1700 work orders issued with correct location data all before opening. As part of the process, Bernhard TME has also handed ACNW almost 60 gigabytes of verified data for their facility.
As an industry, Mark notes that “big picture data is typically given to owners during handover. That was one of our initial challenges with ACNW,” he explains. “Determining what data we needed, and how we were going to obtain and validate that data for handover in a simple way was what we aimed to accomplish.”
Does the process developed during this project have an impact on how Mark and Bernhard TME will initiate workflows in the future? “Absolutely,” Mark says. “Anyone can hand over data. But we need a way of recording that we have done some quality checks, and processes, because once bad data gets into a system, it just multiplies. That’s where BIM Assure comes in.”
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