An automated solution for importing critical assets information into BIM 3D Model

Abstract:

Facility managers or facility management firms usually painstakingly and manually import building critical assets information from assets information requirements (AIR) to a building 3D model. Unfortunately, such practice requires a lot of resources, manpower, time, energy, material, etc., to deliver the required usefulness – Quantity of quality that serves the function needed without compromising safety. Thus, value delivery is compromised for all stakeholders involved. There are many times that there are many errors in the imported critical assets information, further compromising value delivery for all stakeholders involved. This project aims to identify the root cause of the deficiency in value delivery and use digital solutions to optimise the process of value delivery. Specifically, the project aims to develop an automated solution that can reduce the time and potentially manpower and energy required to import a building critical assets information from an automated AIR generator, previously developed by the authors, to a building 3D model with no error. The proposed automated solution was developed using Python Scripting in Dynamo for Revit and experimentally tested for the required efficiency and effectiveness. The developed automated solution provided a 99% time reduction over the manual method currently adopted in the digital facility management industry with zero error in the importation of the critical assets information. The findings also show no limitation to the number of building critical assets and their information that one person can do. The resources saved due to the developed automated can be deployed to other projects to deliver more value instead of focusing on one project for several months or more.  The developed automated solution can aid the achievement of high value-oriented productivity in the facility management industry.

Keywords: Asset Information Requirements (AIR), Digital Facility Management, Productivity, Dynamo, Building Information Modelling

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Cite as: “Ng HM and Fadeyi MO (2021). An automated solution for importing critical assets information into BIM 3D Model. Built Environment Applied Research Sharing #05. ISSUU Digital Publishing.”

Published by Moshood Fadeyi

Dr. Moshood Olawale Fadeyi, a creative professor, is an Associate Professor of Sustainable Building Value Delivery at the Singapore Institute of Technology. Dr. Fadeyi holds four university degrees, including a Ph.D. in Indoor Environment and Energy from the National University of Singapore and Technical University of Denmark. Dr. Fadeyi is architecture (BSc Arch and M.Arch.), building science (MSc.), and engineering (Ph.D.) trained. Dr. Fadeyi is an architect, an indoor air quality expert, chartered engineer (UK) – building services, chartered construction manager (UK), and specialist adult educator. Dr. Fadeyi is a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (UK), Chartered Institute of Building (UK), and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers. Currently, Dr. Fadeyi research aims to enhance applied learning pedagogy to make students job-ready upon graduation and improve industry and community practices. His applied learning pedagogy enhancement is informed by applied research, artistic research, and case study research grounded in design, critical, reflective, scientific, and lean thinking and digital solutions adoption. He has written more than 180 published scholarly and peer-reviewed articles in line with applied learning pedagogy enhancement and basic research. Dr. Fadeyi research and scholarship domain are in (i) value-oriented productivity in healthy and energy-efficient indoor air delivery, (ii) value-oriented productivity in design, construction, and facility management practices, and (iii) problem-based learning. Dr. Fadeyi researches to educate and solve industry and community-related problems. Dr. Fadeyi expertise and leadership are highly sought after by companies and government agencies. Dr. Fadeyi is the Editor, Author, and Cartoonist of Indoor Air Cartoon Journal – an online learning resource providing applied learning on IAQ with audiences from over 100 countries. Dr. Fadeyi is a former National Taekwondo Champion in Singapore - Black Belt Middle-Heavy Weight category, 2006.

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