Autocodes Phase III Update
The Fiatech AutoCodes project is a project focused on the transformation of the building code review process, leveraging digital data & technology to change the industry from a manual paper-dependent process to a digital review method. Having in earlier phases demonstrated the feasibility of automated code review and developed a minimum modeling matrix for digital review, under Phase III the AutoCodes project is conducting a proof of concept with the California Office of State Health Planning and Development for access and egress provisions for healthcare facilities.
The project team, led by Target Corporation in cooperation with Kaiser Permanente, Solibri and Avolve Software, is in the process of expanding the original minimum modeling matrix and have identified a facility – a medium to large KP hospital in Woodland Hills, CA – for the pilot project.
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Community of Interest for Integrated Project Management
“Realize 25% improvement in Project Cost and Schedule Predictability,” that was the Productivity Improvement Target unanimously adopted by participants in the Breakout Session on Integrated Project Management during the Fiatech Leadership forum held in Glendale, AZ. To help Fiatech assist our industry in meeting that goal, participants in the September 22nd session agreed to work together to establish in early 2016 a Fiatech Integrated Project Management Community of Interest (IPMCOI). This group will look at ways of improving the efficiency and quality of project and facility management operations and processes.
Structured as other existing Fiatech Communities of Interest the COI for Integrated Project Management will hold monthly GoToMeeting sessions during which barriers to achieving improvement in project cost and schedule predictability will be discussed and potential Fiatech projects to overcome those barriers will be identified. The group plans to hold several Fiatech Tuesday Technology webinars in 2016 to highlight their work to meet the above Productivity Improvement Target.
As other Fiatech Communities of Interest, participation is open to Fiatech members and non-members alike. A summary of other items discussed during the September 22, 2015 breakout session is found on the Fiatech website at Project Management.
Autocodes Update III
The Fiatech AutoCodes Project has initiated a joint effort with the California Office of State Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) to use the Project’s Minimum Modeling Matrix (M3), Model Protocol Guidelines, and the Solibri Model Checker for automated code compliance checking on healthcare facilities in California.
The initiative marks the first time that a government agency will use these materials, which currently support the model-based automatic code review for accessibility and egress provisions of the International Building Code (2012).
OSHPD has assigned professional staff resources to assist in the modification of M3 to support the 2013 California Building Code (CBC). Fiatech Member Kaiser Permanente will coordinate with the healthcare giant’s designated project architects on a new facility design prior to submission to OSHPD. OSHPD will also receive training and support on Solibri Model Checker with a view to streamlining its code review processes, by using BIMs. The work promises to yield significant intelligence regarding the challenges and benefits of applied automated code checking.
The OSHPD-AutoCodes Project initiative is a major step forward on the long and arduous road to adoption of automated code review technology and processes by the AEC industry and the regulatory community.
Autocodes Update II
Phase II is now complete and was initiated in 2011 to demonstrate the need for, and initiate the transformation of the building code review process by leveraging digital data and technology to move from a manual paper-dependent process to a digital review method. The report will be published in September 2015.
In Phase I the Fiatech AutoCodes Project Team verified and documented the inconsistency in code reviews by different jurisdictions using the same base model code. The team also successfully demonstrated the feasibility of conducting project reviews for access and egress in a building, based on a Building Information Model.
In Phase II the AutoCodes Project Team built on the lessons from Phase 1 to: set the framework for future Standards Development Organization (SDO) validation of the digital review process, produce model protocol guidelines (Minimum Modeling Matrix or M3) to serve as a ‘recipe’ for development of reviewable BIM files, set workflow guidelines for the digital review process and expand digital transition education and training for state and local governments.
Streamlining Practice Advances
Meeting in Memphis, Tennessee in late April, the code change committee of the International Code Council unanimously approved (14-0) for action by ICC members during their September, 2015 Annual Business Meeting and Code Change Hearings a proposal inserting the ICC Guidelines for Replicable Buildings into the appendix of the 2016 International Building Code. When approved in September this action can significantly reduce the time and cost of plans approval for structures that are repetitively built in this country – including retail stores, restaurants, hotels, and residential structures – a significant savings to both building owners and to communities.
The Guidelines for Replicable Buildings originated as a Fiatech Regulatory Streamlining project, initiated in 2009 – 2010. At that time the Fiatech Regulatory Streamlining Project Committee working in cooperation with state and local building regulatory industry and large national retail stores produced the Fiatech Guideline for Replicable Buildings – a streamlined process whereby building departments in a state could provide a single approval for the plans for a replicable building that would be recognized within a region, rather than have the building plans for that exact same building have to undergo a detailed review every single time that structure was being built.
Fiatech member, Target Corporation, working with state and local jurisdictions in Pennsylvania, California, New York and Texas demonstrated significant savings in plan review time through the use of the guideline – cutting plan approval time in one state from 24 down to 8 weeks.
In 2011-12 the Fiatech model guidelines were turned over to the International Code Council and the ICC established a model document committee which turned the Fiatech guidelines into the International Code Council’s Guidelines for Replicable Buildings for jurisdictions to consider adopting in their communities. Between 2012 and 2014 several jurisdictions have put the guideline into place.
App Now Available for U.S. Local Codes in the Cloud
The U.S. Local Codes in the Cloud Project, which strives to make building codes more accessible on a national and local level, has reached its goal off adding local building codes and amendments from 2500 jurisdictions, and is now making this information more accessible for Fiatech members with a free app available on Google Play, the Windows Store and the Apple Store.
AutoCodes Update I ― Release of First Iteration of Model Matrix
Current Status: The AutoCodes Project made considerable progress by applying innovative technology to enable a digital review process, including automated code checking of Building Information Models (BIMs).
Relevance to the Industry: Throughout spring and summer, the project has developed reliable methodology for BIMs to be checked as well as expanding code focus areas.
What’s on the Horizon: Early this October, the first iteration of the model matrix will be released to a small group of design firms. The modeling matrix will serve as a resource to guide designers during the BIM authoring process. It will identify the specific metadata that needs to be included in a BIM in order to use the model for specific BIM use cases (i.e., accessibility and/or egress). The resulting model can be checked much faster with greater accuracy and consistency an infinite number of times.
U.S. Local Codes in the Cloud ― Compu-tecture Begins Adding International Codes
Current Status: The Fiatech U.S. Local Codes in the Cloud Project, which helps bring order to the chaos of understanding which construction codes and standards are enforced by local jurisdictions across the U.S., has completed a major milestone. Pelin Atasoy, CEO of Compu-tecture and Codes in the Cloud project chair, reported “the project has passed the half-way point in identifying and adding 5,000 local jurisdictions to the U.S. Local Codes database on the MADCAD PaaS (Platform as a Service)”.
Relevance to the Industry: To date, the cloud-based PaaS includes over 60,000 model building codes and standards as well as state codes. The restructured data are searchable and continuously updated, and amendments and errata are organized and linked to aid users in finding all requirements for selected jurisdictions with a single mouse click.