OPP Building Information Modeling Implementation

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College / Administrative Unit: 
Finance and Business
Date Started: 
June 2010
To increase operational efficiency by developing an understanding of our operating systems, and identify how Building Information Modeling (BIM) can add value to our day to day activities.

It is vital that information produced in the design and construction phase of building projects is transferred into operations with maximum leverage to the end users. Through initial research, it has been determined that very few owners have defined their actual needs and how project information can be leveraged by their management systems.

The struggle that Penn State faces is one that is unique only to owners who have a large, multifaceted building inventory. Penn State has experienced significant savings when using BIM during design and construction; and while new building projects now have defined BIM requirements and deliverables to assist in these phases, the majority of projects the University undertakes are major and minor renovations, maintenance, and rehabilitations. Correct and current facility and asset data is integral in completing these projects efficiently. The Office of Physical Plant has seen the importance of “keeping the end in mind” and is now focused on capturing information throughout the project lifecycle to use in coordination with Maximo (Computerized Maintenance Management System - CMMS) for use in operations.

- Illustrate the complexities of implementing a full BIM program as a large owner, while highlight the BIM initiatives and strategies which are currently being implemented at the planning, design, construction, and operation levels at Penn State.

- Outline the facilities information for effective building operation through deconstruction.

- Define methods and strategies for integrating BIM into the existing CMMS system.

- Establish BIM Execution Planning Guide as the Penn State process for preselecting and evaluating BIM practitioners, driving the project process through turnover after construction.

- Develop a cost/benefit model to demonstrate the value of the recommended approach over the life of the assets.

- Identify areas where this approach will result in cost savings as well as areas that will have increased costs.

- Attempt to assign a high level order of magnitude to these costs.

Contact Person: 
Ed Gannon
  • Steve Maruszewski, Sponsor
  • Ed Gannon, Leader
  • Craig Dubler, Member
  • Colleen Kasprzak, Member
  • Eric Nulton, Member
  • Rick Phillips, Member
  • Ashwin Ramesh, Member
  • William Steudler, Member