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Easy-to-use mobile application. Image: Innovations 10.01  

  

The Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) is the newest lab facility at the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. On behalf of the owners, JE Dunn Construction and the project team utilized Building Information Modeling (BIM) during design and construction. This provided a 3-D visualization tool that facilitated collaboration amongst the project team and, in the future, will allow researchers to understand the design of their facility in a more meaningful way. BIM also provided the owner with a populated tabular and graphical database upon project handover to be utilized for facility operations.

Upon construction completion, the construction project team turned over this state-of-the-art construction data, including the 3-D model content, to the campus maintenance team. The ESIF team soon discovered that the existing Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) wasn’t compatible with the new BIM content. ESIF wasn’t ready to dismiss the significant investment they made during construction, or ready to give up the future advantages of having accessible BIM for maintenance. ESIF reached back out to the construction team at JE Dunn for help identifying a new CMMS that could leverage their BIM investment, as well as handle the extreme detail associated with research operations.

JE Dunn pointed the ESIF team toward a dynamic patented technology called Site 10.01. Site 10.01 was able to offer solutions for some of the unique conditions research facilities face daily. Aside from their typical high asset density per square foot and high asset turnover, research operations require a very robust preventative maintenance (PM) program, as well as a corrective maintenance program. They require asset dependability, which is a combination of availability, reliability and safety. Site 10.01 offers a highly detailed PM program, backed by BIM, which allows ESIF to dispatch, perform and document work order history easily and accurately.

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Model representation with linked assets. Image: Innovations 10.01  

  

Site 10.01 was able to consume the construction documents, specifications and OEM cut sheets gathered during the construction process and converted the information into a facility management and work order production and tracking system. This CMMS allows ESIF to manage facility maintenance requirements, research operations, energy management and capital forecasting, all within a single platform. The innovative technology within Site 10.01 utilizes the 3-D BIM in order to leverage a map-based user interface to locate specific information efficiently and effectively. Quick access to building information reduces trouble- shooting time and optimizes the efficiency of the engineering staff.

Site 10.01 allowed ESIF to improve operational efficiency by utilizing the benefits of BIM in facility management and research operations. By closing the information gap between construction closeout and facility management, Site 10.01 has given them the ability to leverage metadata produced during the design process, organize their data in one single digital source, view 3-D models that represent their existing space and improve overall building efficiencies. Site 10.01 provided a customizable facility maintenance program by offering data conversion and scheduling automated work orders. They can now track work order history, see current asset health and grow their digital database over time. ESIF has been able to optimize the investment of BIM and incorporate their past, present and future maintenance needs through the innovative digital platform of Site 10.01.

Eric Hall serves as Chief Technology Officer for Innovations 10.01.

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