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Symposium Looks to Improve Facilities with the Power of Information

Thursday, October 23, 2014  
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Information—whether good or bad— is the basis for all leadership and decision making, and a key component of productivity. The facilities industry (with its decades-old downward sloping productivity curve) is beginning to move into the information age, but there are still islands of uncoordinated information in every facet of the industry. Find out about the tools available to advance the industry during the Information Resources and Technologies Symposium: Improving Facilities with the Power of Information. The Symposium will be held Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, as part of Building Innovation 2015: The National Institute of Building Sciences Third Annual Conference and Expo.

This day-long symposium will start with the end goal in mind and focus on what opportunities exist for the owner of an information-rich facility; how information, created one time by an authoritative source, can then be stored and made available to others for their use and repurposing; and how that information can be used to support resiliency for disaster recovery (DR) and continuation of operations (COOP) after a crisis. Presenters will then trace how facility information is created and made available to others during design, construction, assembly and operations throughout the facility’s life cycle. They will highlight some of the missing pieces to make information even more valuable and trusted by all parties. Geared towards everyone involved in the facility information cycle—owners, operators, maintainers and fabricators, based on information created by planners, designers and constructors—this event will identify many new opportunities for the facility team (and the industry) to become more productive.

The day will consist of four areas of focus. The first session, Start with the End in Mind: Facility Operations Optimization, will answer two important questions: "What is the full potential of information-rich facilities?” and "How do you prepare to take advantage of the information to operate your facilities in a sustainable way?” This session will include several case studies that showcase how to optimize information gathered during planning, design, construction and operations.

The second session will address Resilient Facilities: Information's Role When Disaster Strikes. When a manmade or natural disaster strikes, it impacts where people live and work. The time it takes to recover from such a disaster has a profound effect on the people and businesses in a community. While model building codes protect against immediate loss of life, they do little to help a facility or community remain functional following a catastrophic event. This session will highlight how having access to information during design and construction can benefit a facility when disaster strikes.

The third session looks at Construction: The Information Goldmine. The key time for immediate information use is during construction and fabrication. The contractor generates, uses and acts as a conduit for information. Information is needed for final shop drawings— detailed design drawings, as well as those drawings connecting to the product life-cycle management (PLM) cycle to order and document what was installed. Information is a key aspect of scheduling and ensuring costs are controlled. During construction is when the future life-cycle cost of a facility can be most impacted. The actual installation of assets has significant ramifications on the cost to maintain a facility.

While it is never too late to create a building information model (BIM) for a facility, the best time to start is at the beginning of the project (with the authoritative source capturing the information). The final session, Getting Started on the Right Foot: The First Critical Steps, will focus on the owner and the designer and their first critical steps.

Attendees will hear from leaders in a variety of arenas, and participate in discussions on ways to improve facilities through the use of a number of information tools and technologies. View the speaker list and session descriptions.

Plan to attend Building Innovation 2015 for the Information Resources and Technologies Symposium: Improving Facilities with the Power of Information and so much more. The Conference program includes four activity-filled days of credit-building educational symposia, networking opportunities, inspiring award presentations and an interactive exhibit hall. Find out more.

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Register now to attend Building Innovation 2015 and save $200 off onsite registration. Early-bird rates end October 31, 2014.

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