The most successful facility projects follow distinct delivery strategies. In particular, those strategies that align the core project team - owner, designers, primary building and key specialty trades - are more effective in meeting or exceeding their cost, schedule and quality goals. Best leveraged in a workshop setting, this guide will illustrate the process for selecting a delivery strategy that meets the need of your project. Learn more >
Sponsored by the Charles Pankow Foundation and the Construction Industry Institute (2013 - 2016)
Interactive Workspaces are team meeting rooms that have been augmented with technology to enable visualization, interaction with digital information, and team collaboration for enhanced decision-making. This guide assists a capital facility project team in the identification and selection of workspace requirements for their integrative team meetings.
The Virtual Construction Simulator (VCS) is a simulation game that teaches students the dynamic nature of the construction process and frequent changes to construction schedules. The VCS provides the user with an advanced 3D graphical user interface (GUI) for the development of the planned schedule, together with a 3D simulation environment. The purpose of the game is to allow the user to experiment with the planning and managing of construction schedules, while learning the difference between the as-planned and the as-built schedule.
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (2012 - 2016)
OpenStudio Enhancements to Support Energy Retrofit Projects
The enhancements will further the development of OpenStudio and Radiance to support modeling of physically based lighting layouts and systems including daylight integrated photocontrol. These additional enhancements to OpenStudio, as well as Radiance, will improve energy efficient design for small and medium sized retrofit projects, while achieving high levels of lighting quality. These capabilities will continue to be supported by developing increasing levels of interoperability with BIM applications via BIMserver integration with a focus on extending beyond the core geometric information for energy modeling to enable more analyses related to lighting.
A well documented BIM Project Execution guide will help ensure all parties are clearly aware of opportunities and responsibilities associated with the incorporation of BIM into a project work flow. This guide provides a structured procedure for creating and implementing a BIM Project Execution Plan. The goal for developing this structured procedure is to ensure planning and elaborate communication among the project participants during the early phases of a project.
During the research and creation of the BIM Project Execution Planning Guide, the group determined there was a need to develop a guide for facility owners and operators that includes a procedure to develop a strategy for integrating BIM throughout their organization. This guide, developed primarily for facility owners, will focus on the decisions required to define their organization's standard BIM processes and practices; design information integration strategies; and identify appropriate BIM contracting strategies.
Sponsored by The Charles Pankow Foundation, Penn State OPP, Kaiser Permanente, US Department of Defense Military Health System, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the The Partnership for Achieving Construction Excellence
Integrated Building Life Cycle Process Model for Advanced Energy Retrofit Project
Advanced energy retrofit projects are critical to contributing to the reduction of energy consumption within the United States and abroad. Successful retrofit projects require detailed coordination throughout the design, construction, and operations process. As a part of the consortium for building energy innovation, we developed an integrated building lifecycle process model for performing advanced energy retrofit projects.
This process model identifies the interaction between detailed system level processes, and tasks which must be performed by integrated teams to effectively leverage the knowledge and expertise of the project participants. The process map includes approximately 1000 activities within the design and construction process for advanced energy retrofit projects. This map can guide the development of a project specific plan for implementing a retrofit project, and has also been developed to guide the future creation of data standards to support information flow between different activities throughout the lifecycle process. The model is created using business process mapping notation, and divides the various activities into integrated activities, managerial activities, and activities that are more specifically focus on system-level details. The model was tested using various detailed case study projects of energy retrofit projects. The links below will take you to the final process maps for the planning and design phases of a project as well as the construction phases of a project. Additional details are included in project reports as well as the thesis from Sreelatha Chunduri and Ruo ‘Tony’ Gao.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (currently the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation) (2012 - 2015)
Fostering Innovation and Learning through Immersive Virtual Facility Prototyping
The design and construction of facilities requires the conceptualization of complex systems and processes. While many industries have embraced rapid prototyping processes and technologies, the use of prototypes in the building industry remains in its infancy. Expensive scale models and mock-ups of building components are used to analyze design and construction. However, they represent only a single snapshot or configuration of the construction process. 3D and 4D computer aided design tools allow virtual models to be constructed, however they are typically challenging to manipulate and limited by small scale display for individual users.
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Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (2004 - 2009)
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