Mars City/STEM (from Mars City Fact Sheet)
On earth and in space, buildings and their related infrastructure must operate in an environment with constrained resources (both financial and physical). Recognizing these common issues, the National Institute of Building Sciences, the Total Learning Research Institute (TLRI), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) look to engage and inspire K-12 students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities related to building sciences. The Institute will lead development of a joint Institute/TLRI/NASA program to create and inspire interest in careers within the built environment and leverage STEM K-12 challenge curriculum and utilize educational resources developed by NASA along with technical assistance from the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, the Chief Technologist, the Science Mission Directorate, and others.
Construction-Operations Building information exchange (COBie)
COBie is as computerized open-standard format for collecting information. Instead of providing paperwork at the end of the job, the designers and contractors will enter the data as it is created, over the course of the design, construction, and commissioning process. COBie was developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers based on earlier FMOC work and continuing FMOC participation.
The FMOC is also working on other information exchanges such as:
Specifiers' Properties information exchange (SPie) – the consistent definition and use of material, products, equipment and assemblies is vital to the exchange of building information. The goal of the Specifiers Property information exchange (SPie) project is to define minimum property sets for building model objects.
Quantity Takeoff information exchange (QTie) – The Quantity Takeoff information exchange (QTie) shows how the Industry Foundation Class (IFC) building model will allow the facilities industry to adopt model-based process for quantity takeoff.
Life Cycle information exchange (LCie) – The Life Cycle information exchange (LCie) demonstrates the how information flowing throughout a project can be captured and consolidated to ensure that the owner/occupier continues to have clear and complete description of the facility.
OmniClass™ is a classification system for the construction industry, characterized as "a strategy for classifying the built environment." OmniClass is useful for many applications where organizing information is helpful. Most notable is its use for construction specifications, and its growing significance within the National BIM Standard-United States™. OmniClass incorporates as the basis of its tables other classification systems that describe the built environment and associated processes. The intent behind much OmniClass development is to combine multiple existing classification systems for many subjects into a single unifying system based on ISO 12006-2, Organization of Information About Construction Works—Part 2: Framework for Classification of Information. Read more about OmniClass™ on the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG).
Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) Facility Operations & Maintenance
The FMOC members staff the WBDG committee that updates the Facilities O&M sections. Links to those WBDG pages are located in the Resources section, listed under "WBDG Resources".
Real Property/Facility Management
The FMOC is involved in and supports the continued development of real property and facility management resources. Member interests beyond the normal scope of operations and maintenance include functionality, suitability, sustainability, and utilization of facilities.