Partnership Provides Comprehensive Building Information Modeling Services from Improving Design and Construction to Minimizing Building Operational Costs
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 16, 2014 — Rand Worldwide (OTCBB: RWWI), a global leader in providing technology solutions to organizations with engineering design and information technology requirements, today announces services for customers looking to integrate Building Information Model (BIM) data and their Facilities Management (FM) systems for a comprehensive approach to building lifecycle management (BLM).
“Together the Rand Facilities Management and IMAGINiT Technologies teams help clients derive the maximum benefit from integrating BIM data with their FM systems,” states Tim Johnson, senior vice president of IMAGINiT Technologies. “Be it taking BIM data from Revit, scanning a building and putting that point cloud data into Revit, the sharing of Revit models with teams collaborating on a project, or the inclusion of CFD analysis for building ventilation we have experts that can help develop and collect that data, set up standards for working it, and that can help manage it and import it into your FM platform of choice so that you can begin to leverage the promise of BLM.”
Professionals from IMAGINiT Technologies and Rand Facilities Management have shared and will be sharing their insights for companies considering a comprehensive approach to integrating BIM data with their FM platform(s), at the following conferences:
- MED-Ed Facilities 2014 in Boston, April 1-2, 2014
- IFMA Facilities Fusion in Washington, DC, April 15-17, 2014
- RICS Summit of the Americas 2014 in Toronto, May 4-6, 2014
- Architecture Boston Expo 2014 in Boston, October 28-30, 2014
“Since building maintenance costs over the life of a building dwarf that of construction, capturing rich data in the model allows facility operators to cost effectively run operations over the long-haul,” says Scott Hale, vice president of services at IMAGINiT Technologies. “Sharing our experiences and customer needs over hundreds of implementations allows us to bring all the players together and build a building information model that’s not only valuable during the design and construction phase, but also throughout the lifecycle of the building.”
“The next logical step in BIM is building lifecycle management (BLM),” stated Peter Costanzo, director of business development for Rand Facilities Management. “Being able to get your facilities system updated with a relevant model and corresponding information is the first step in this process. The insight gained when BIM and FM intersect is crucial in reducing costs during the maintenance phase of a building.”
IMAGINiT implements software, processes and workflows that help organizations capture relevant data and maximize the full potential of the BIM process while Rand Facilities Management helps owners and operators make the most of their building intelligence within an integrated workplace management system (IWMS) and other facility management tools. Based on real world experiences, IMAGINiT and Rand Facilities Management experts highlight four key considerations for ensuring reliable, useable information is contained in the building information model.
- Consider both business needs and objectives to be tracked and include them in the model with their appropriate data.
- Ensure the model reflects the as-built conditions of the building, so dimensions will not need physical verification in the future.
- Consider the needs of the facility occupants
- Differentiate between data that should be in the Autodesk Revit model and that which should be in other databases or systems to avoid model bloat.
Capturing best practices and creating new efficiencies that customers have been requesting, IMAGINiT has developed several software applications that help organizations effectively leverage the BIM process, including Scan to BIM which aids in creating a model from point cloud data and IMAGINiT Clarity products which offer a way for design teams to communicate information to owners through an online dashboard.
The Rand Facilities Management team helps owner organizations take building intelligence one step further – into their operations. By knowing what they have, they can now use what they know to make informed decisions about space planning, maintenance, energy costs, integrating automated building systems and more.
About Rand Worldwide
Rand Worldwide is one of the world’s leading professional services and technology companies for the engineering community, targeting organizations in the building, infrastructure, and manufacturing industries. The company advances the way organizations design, develop, and manage building, infrastructure, and manufacturing projects. Fortune 500 and Engineering News Record's Top 100 companies work with Rand Worldwide to gain a competitive advantage through technology consulting, implementation, training, and support services. One of the world's largest integrators of Autodesk software, the company also provides data archiving based upon solutions from Autonomy, facilities management software from ARCHIBUS, CAD and PLM courseware through their ASCENT division and provides training and support solutions on Dassault Systèmes and PTC products. For more information, visit rand.com
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