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Implementation of single building modelling technologies into themanagement phase of the property cycle

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Hazlehurst G, Pitt T, Buxton R

Implementation of single building modelling technologies into themanagement phase of the property cycle

Abstract: This paper brings together work carried out by Guy Hazlehurst, Stephen Drewer and RodenBuxton at the University of the West of England on the concept of the Single Building Model andresearch by Terry Pitt and George Griffith on the management of complex healthcare facilities,'Healthcare FM'. The central aim of the research has been to utilise advanced 3D, object modelsof complex buildings not only as repositories for 3D, 2D graphics, data and intelligence, but to actas 'information brokers'. The concept of the single building model has effectively evolved toprovide a spatial database that has the inherent potential to act as the spine of a 'heterogeneous'system. This spine links the sub-systems that enable complex processes throughout the life of thebuilding to be modelled.This paper will seek to address the issues of systems integration, through the creation andapplication of Single Building Modelling technologies, during the post occupancy stage of thebuilding process. Modelling complex buildings and estates at a time long after the facilities wereoriginally conceived, designed and built posits a set of unique issues that do not arguably arisewhen such models evolve through the incremental processes of inception, design and construction.It will be argued that the principal issues are those of data compatibility and the level of detailrequired within the 'ex-post' single building model to deliver optimum benefit to the owners andmanagers of complex buildings. The research issues identified by the production andimplementation of such a model within a Hospital's existing building management will bediscussed. Although the example cited in this paper is a healthcare building the points raisedwithin it arguably apply to any significant property or estate.

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