Building Innovation 2014 Conference & Expo Program: FMOC Symposium

Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) Symposium:
Improving Life-Cycle Savings through Intelligent Building Data

Earn 3.0 Learning Units

Wednesday, January 8, 8:45 am - 11:45 am

Smart buildings and building analytics are increasingly of interest within the facility operations and maintenance community. The Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) was founded to develop the information exchange standard known today as the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) and to support the adoption of COBie as a standard practice within the building industry.

Today, the need for additional information exchanges is apparent. During the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) Symposium: Improving Life-Cycle Savings through Intelligent Building Data, attendees will become acquainted with activities that provide a solid foundation for communication and analysis. Speakers will present and then converse in a moderated panel about three related areas in which FMOC members are engaged: OmniClass tables, equipment inventory standards and building sensor information exchange standards.

OmniClass tables emerged from the realization that a common classification of objects was needed to better support communication and use of project information. The presenters will explain how a number of legacy classifications and information standards fed into the development of the OmniClass tables; the process used to create these new standards; and practical applications and benefits to users; as well as provide an early view of several new tables being submitted to the nation’s building information modeling (BIM) standard, the National BIM Standard –United States®, as well as other tables that are being revised.

Smart buildings typically involve periodic monitoring and comparing to some static benchmark. COBie organizes the static product information provided by the manufacturer and installer; the equipment inventory organizes the data within the maintenance management system; and automated control systems and other inspection methods provide the periodic data. Presenters will discuss developing standard information exchanges pertinent to sensor systems, as well the benefits of having a complete and comprehensive equipment database.

  • Chris Bogen, Computer Scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • William Brodt, Chair, Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee
  • Greg Ceton, Director, Technical Services, CSI
  • Alan Edgar, Business Analyst, RSP I_Space
  • Robert A. Keady, Jr., CEM, FMP, Facility Manager, Author
  • The history and use of OmniClass tables
  • The benefits of creating a detailed equipment inventory
  • How standard information exchanges support building operations and maintenance strategies
Symposium Schedule

The presentations below are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. PDF


8:45 am – 9:00 am

Bill Brodt

9:00 am – 9:25 am

OmniClass Tables and Classification of Facility Information
Greg Ceton, Alan Edgar

9:25 am – 9:50 am

Equipment Inventories
Robert Keady

9:50 am – 10:15 am

Information Exchanges for Sensor Systems
Chris Bogen

10:15 am – 10:30 am


10:30 am – 11:30 am

Moving from Theory to Application (A Panel Discussion)
(Moderator), Ceton, Keady, Bogen, Edgar

11:30 am – 11:45 am

Wrap Up – The Next Steps
Bill Brodt

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