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Fiatech Current Projects - Summary Descriptions

Project Name and Fiatech Staff Project Manager

Project Description

Industry Application/Benefit

Roadmap Elements 1 and 2, Planning and Design

Voice of the Owner 

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The tendency to approach projects in a segmented and Owner specific way creates a landscape where common challenges and expectations may go unrecognized. In response, Fiatech launched VoO to facilitate peer-to-peer Owner sharing of approaches and perspectives on how best to bridge gaps between frontend project planning and project execution. This Voice of the Owner (VoO) initiative is sponsored under Fiatech’s Scenario Based Planning Leadership Team with an objective of building in Owner’s requirement, starting with the end in mind.

Owners are constantly identifying and evaluating opportunities based on risks and expected economicbenefits, through a series of structured and gated processes. This activity encompasses a wide variety of methods and is described using many terms, such as: Front End Loading (FEL), Pre-project Planning (PPP), front end planning, early project planning, feasibility analysis and conceptual planning. These tools and processes generate strategic information, which Owners use to make decisions to commit resources to launch projects. The purpose of the Voice of the Owner initiative is to raise awareness of how projects are being identified and explore gaps between what is envisioned and what is being achieved. A

Roadmap Element 3, Procurement and Materials Management

Global Material Information (GMI) formerly Expediting Equipment & Material Selection and Acquisition (EMSA) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Provide a system solution that minimizes product documentation, accuracy, interoperability, and control burdens on stakeholders through creation of a data-centric information access environment that supports both public and private information for products commonly used in the capital projects industry. Provide a framework to identify counterfeit/suspect materials.

Provide global access to complete, certifiable, and consistent product information. Enable information access to enhance workflows and avoid errors. Raise awareness of candidate product options along with project constraint and procurement requirements. Reduce the potential for counterfeit materials to enter into the supply chain. A

Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) Information Mapping (AIM)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Enable advanced work packaging tasks to be more robust, complete, and highly repeatable through identification and mapping of information requirements and resources.

Raise awareness and understanding of industry functional elements and information that is consumed and produced along with the interdependencies. Associate information to work packaging tasks such as engineering, construction, installation, and turnover. R

Roadmap Element 4, Construction

MARS-ROVER

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The project will apply vision-based localization techniques to locate and track the position and orientation of handheld users on construction sites and within facilitates in order to support real-time access to project information and enable site documentation in 3D. The method leverages simple digital images taken on a commodity smartphone or a tablet and then identifies the location and orientation of the user in 3D, in order to give access to project information and Building Information Model (BIM) data.

The MARS ROVER Project is now in its initial stage. By making information more readily available to field staff, it forecasts providing construction project site and facilities operations and management productivity, efficiency, quality and safety improvements. A

Real-Time Field Reporting Using Smart Devices, Phase 2

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Project completed. Report to be published here.

Reviewed emerging high value practices, enhanced construction productivity, and increased effectiveness of design coordination.

This project examined field work trials using the latest in vendor software and application thereof.

The intended aim of field reporting via smart devices at the project site is to accelerate

the multi route process from collection at site / review at office including design team and dissemination back to field operations almost instantaneously. The effective use of emerging information technologies onsite will deliver accurate and timely field reporting and provide field personnel access to the latest project information that will hasten onsite decision making. R

Mobile IT Community of InterestThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Share advancing practices and ideas by Fiatech members and Fiatech partner COMIT for automating field services.

A community of interest to bring together all elements of Fiatech member activities and ideas related to the Roadmap which may otherwise be excluded. Its aim is to help create a closer bond with members and generate ideas from the “maybe or considering stage” of process improvement and utilize the latest technology. OH

Roadmap Element 5, Operations & Maintenance

BIM Supported Building Lifecycle Management
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The project will define the data requirement for predictive facility maintenance as used in common software and deliver recommendations regarding those data points generated in BIM tolls that are most useful for effective lifecycle asset management. The identification of key data points necessary to populate predictive facility maintenance models is expected to simplify the transfer of data among software tools. The end goal of the project is to improve the efficiency of facility lifecycle management, avoid the cost of repurchasing lost facility data, facilitate the use of predictive software for facility asset management, and facilitate the effective use of operations and maintenance documentation post construction. A

3D Virtual Reality Solutions for OperationsThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Develops vendor-independent strategies & guidelines for building owners & operators that extract value from 3D virtual experiences of process & refining assets in order to ensure reliable & optimized production in increasingly complex building situations with growing resource constraints. It leverages existing knowledge & lessons learned in the industry, focusing on contributions from owner-operators. Outputs are recommended guidelines on workflows & data models, which include elaboration of constraints and limitations in this space.

Building owners and operators have begun leveraging 3D design information to develop 3D virtual experiences for a variety of reasons, including resource constraints, increased regulation, and increasingly complex asset allocation and production processes. No current guidelines or standardized best practices have resulted in lost investment. OH

Roadmap Element 6, Project Management

AutoCodes Phase III – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The objective of Autocodes is to reduce plan review from months to days. Will provide huge benefits to jurisdictions and to owners speeding construction of new and existing buildings and disaster recovery.

Phase I of this project completed in 2012 successfully demonstrated the feasibility of automated code checking. Phase II expands the code areas and outreach activities.

AutoCodes Phase II was completed in mid 2015 and developed model protocols, expanded rule sets and building types, and developed outreach materials to speed ePlan review and use of the AutoCodes plan checking system.

Phase II expanded upon its original outreach to & training course for building officials: “Transitioning to the 2D/3D Digital Review Process – Going Paperless”.

Information on Phase III coming soon.

Digital Seals and Signatures, Phase 2, Jurisdiction Guide to the Recognition and Use of Digital SealsThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The use of digital signatures by AEC firms throughout the building design, construction, and regulatory processes has saved AEC firms thousands of work-hours in wasted time over wet signatures and seals. This project will take the results of an international survey of current uses of and barriers to using digital signatures to produce a best practices guide that owners, designers, engineering firms, and regulatory agencies can use to achieve similar savings.

The objective of the best practices guide is to speed adoption and use of digital signatures and seals technologies throughout the design, construction, and building operation and maintenance processes. R

U.S. Local Codes in the CloudThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Create a cloud-based library where model codes, state and local amendments, addendum, errata, and executive orders are organized by jurisdiction, and content is interlinked so one can find the complete construction requirements. This project builds upon Fiatech member Computecture’s MADCAD database, which originated in 1995. Currently MADCAD.com provides more than 50,000 model building codes and standards as well as statewide codes in a searchable and continuously updated cloud. This project will expand the data in the MADCAD.com cloud to 5,000 local jurisdictions and complete all required data.

Model building codes and standards and the local amendments added to them when adopted are disconnected, cause loss of time and money, and create liabilities for construction industry members. States or jurisdictions adopt the copyrighted model codes and then publish amendments as separate documents. Currently, construction industry members need to coordinate model codes and local amendments manually.

Complete data will save time, reduce errors, support life safety, and provide a useful linkage and support database to the Fiatech AutoCodes project. R

 

Roadmap Element 9, Information Management

ISO 15926 Information Patterns (IIP)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Development of consensus-based ISO 15926 template information patterns and creation of data layer software for key industry tools

Development of consensus-based ISO 15926 template information patterns and creation of data layer software for key industry tools A

Exploring Piping Management through Project Information Flow (PIF)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Objective is to enable usage of existing ISO 15926 tools to achieve smooth piping data flow from design to construction and, ultimately, to owner/operator handover. Will also attempt to approximate the cost and schedule savings achieved with implementing the data exchange tools and best practices.

This project will define the requirements of piping data from design to construction (with handover as the ultimate goal), including addressing piping specifications, geometry standards, material standards, and drafting rules and symbols. Project scope includes developing a neutral file format compatible with ISO 15926 for piping isometric data exchange. R

ISO 15926 Information Models and Proteus Mappings (IIMM)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information models for process and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) and 3D models will be documented with ISO 15926 classes and templates. The information models will then be mapped to the Proteus Schema.

Interoperability between Proteus Schema XML and Part 8 OWL XML deployments will enable transparent access to intelligent design information. This will save major costs and time delays incurred in the current manual, non-interoperable data and handover exchange processes. A