Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Use Cases for ISO 19650-3

The Sydney Opera House is a fascinating building, the design of the building was started in 1959 and took 14 years to complete, 10 years longer than expected. It was also estimated to cost $102 million Australian dollars with the original budget estimated at $7 million.

The Opera House is still going to consistent changes, new restaurants have been installed in the recent years they’ve recently also created a huge logistics and storage area under the Opera House which sits below sea level.

The Opera House itself has around 1800 shows a year in six different permanent venues, this is around double the amount of any other performance space in the world it’s because of this that the operation of the building and keeping it running is so vital.
The Opera House has had a long history with bills starting with the air conditioning contractor back in 1960 creating a physical model of the site in order to coordinate their air conditioning ventilation system throughout a very complex building.

In recent years there have been a number of surveys and models of the Opera House created with the most recent model being created by an in-house team who control this information today.

BIM Academy was approached to support the Opera House in developing a BIM for FM system that would utilise the model of the Opera House to support and visualise the maintenance of the building on a day to day basis.
BIM Academy worked with the client’s Building Information Management team, to define and develop a detailed facilities management specification to meet the building stakeholder needs for the existing building and its future development.
As part of the stakeholder review, BIM Academy created a map of the current operational systems within the Opera House this is partly to showcase the complexity of integrating several systems together it was also used to prioritise the relevant systems.
Following our stakeholder review, we developed a framework that showcased what the BIM for FM system needed to do. On one side of this, there was the model of the Opera House which needed to be kept up to date on a regular basis, this fed into the BIM for FM platform which then linked to additional systems within the Opera House as well as visualising the data within them.
The video shown on this slide shows the working system that the Opera House is using on a day to day basis.
Manchester Central Library was one of the first BIM projects in the UK, the design started back in 2009 / 2010 before any UK government mandate, however, the client and project team understood the benefits of using BIM within this project.

The client was also very keen to use the information delivered on the project to help them support the operation of the building once it was handed over.
The client team developed a series of simple FM tasks and compared a traditional approach to an approach utilising the BIM model.

It was important to the client that these were very simple tasks to demonstrate that even on these simple tasks there was a huge benefit to the information that the BIM process provided.

As you can see in this task of changing the light bulb in an alcove area, in the traditional method, there would be a requirement to initially investigate the fault on site. Then order the equipment to access the light, then once you’ve accessed the light, you then order the replacement light, you then have to reorder the equipment to access and replace the light bulb before the job can be finished. Although this doesn’t take many hours of work, it can take a number of weeks to complete the task.

Utilising a BIM methodology,  you would do all of the first initial investigations on a model of the site, you’d then be able to take the correct light and know the right access equipment before attending the site once to finish the task.
The client team estimated a considerable saving on all of their simple FM tasks through the utilisation of the model and the information it provided.
In 2011 Northumbria University surveyed and modelled all 36 buildings on their city campus. they did this in order to investigate whether a BIM approach would improve the efficiency of their FM team.
The findings showed that utilising a model-based approach, significantly improve the efficiency of the FM team. One of the key reasons for this was that they could utilise one system for a number of tasks. For instance, universities have to report on gross internal floor area annually, with the models, this report could be created at the click of a button, whereas in previous years this information had taken six months to create. 

Another efficiency saving was found through the utilisation of consistent reliable drawn information meaning that any changes to the building could be recorded quickly and easily. Often prior to the modelling exercise this information was not available and therefore has to be drawn from scratch each time.