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United States Air Force Milcon Transformation: Building Information Modeling Case Studies

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Patrick Suermann, Raja R.A. Issa

United States Air Force Milcon Transformation: Building Information Modeling Case Studies

Abstract: The United States Air Force manages approximately $2B of traditional military construction (MILCON) per year in a typical portfolio of 100-150 projects. In Fiscal Year, 2010, the Air Force’s MILCON authority having jurisdiction, the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE) revised its standard design instruction to supplement how it managed and directed MILCON. One of the primary differences was a requirement for all vertical construction to be designed through a Building Information Modeling (BIM) approach. There were two pilot projects to assess Air Force BIM implementation. First, one project case study explored impact on typical MILCON project management practices. The HQ CENTCOM facility implemented a BIM-based approach on a standard design-bid-build project at MacDill Air Force Base, FL. A second project case study explored cutting edge research methodologies that used the BIM for facility optimization on a LEED-platinum facility. Specifically, the Tyndall Air Force Base Fitness Center targeted energy efficiency. The facility’s Electronic Management Control System (EMCS) monitored pure consumption, solar photovoltaic (PV) power meter pulse output, and solar hot water recovery systems using Digital Energy Monitors (DEM) tied to the BIM via an exported database file via the EMCS server. Lastly, AFCEE partnered with Onuma to manage and leverage their new BIM-based designs to afford greater collaboration from inception onward for USAF facilities worldwide. This research investigates owners’ lessons learned and designers’ experiences related with the initiative under MILCON Transformation, as well as the implications for shaping future USAF MILCON management and design optimization.

Keywords: Air Force, MILCON, BIM, Prototype, Collaboration, Control Systems

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