Spacewell: IWMS+ Smart Comfort


Turning Comfort Monitoring into Action

By Nicole Weygandt, Ph.D.

One consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a surge in interest in air quality and comfort monitoring. With employees worried about possible viral exposure in the office, better understanding and communication about environmental conditions is becoming a key part of reassurance strategies.

Likewise, many companies are investing in improvements in HVAC and filtering systems to reduce the risk of circulating the virus. As in the previous cases discussed in this series, IWMS+ brings together the monitoring capabilities of smart building systems with the practical side of the IWMS…

Why Air Quality Matters

The benefits of good air quality seem apparent in the light of a public health crisis, but even before the COVID-19 outbreak there was growing recognition that healthy buildings lead to positive outcomes for users and owners alike…

This research suggests that there is significant value in investing in monitoring and maintaining comfort and air quality in office buildings. IWMS+, while not a stand-alone solution for this use case, can play an important part in delivering a healthier, better office environment…

Long-Term Benefits

While the IWMS plays a less visible role in the IWMS+ equation around comfort and air quality than in some of the other use cases that we’ve discussed, we can only unlock the value of monitoring when data lead to action. Particularly when it comes to user health and comfort, we don’t want to stop at merely diagnosing a problem, we want to ensure that the right person will be informed and will take steps to resolve it.

This post is Part 6 of an ongoing series on IWMS+. Earlier posts introduced the concept of IWMS+ and a range of smart building topics…

[Admin: This post is related to the 08.01.16 post about the CAFM, CMMS, EAM, and IWMS competitors of IBM TRIRIGA, and the 08.17.20 post about using IWMS+ to optimize room reservations. To see other related posts, use the IWMS+ tag.]

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IWMS+: Greater than the Sum of Its Parts

By Nicole Weygandt, Ph.D.

In our article, we refer to IWMS+ as “the software backbone of the future.” IWMS+ combines the power of an integrated workplace management system (IWMS) with Smart Buildings technology in a way that augments both of those distinct software categories…

IWMS+ technology integrates the two software platforms to make the IWMS function smarter and lets the Smart Buildings solution drive greater behavioral changes and other performance improvements. The result, we argue, is that IWMS+ is greater than the sum of its parts.

Why is this the case? Because both types of software platforms thrive on high-quality data, whether that’s IoT sensor data or embedded BIM/rich asset data. By integrating across the two systems, IWMS+ is able to access more high-quality, real-time data than either system would be able to do individually and deliver those insights across business silos and user types.

Effectively, an IWMS+ is a type of digital twin for workplaces…

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Axxerion: What is IWMS+?


IWMS+: Optimizing Room Reservation Systems

By Mehdi Khalvati

The rise of IoT technology has encouraged many companies to augment their integrated workplace management systems (IWMS) with IoT sensor technology. This win-win combination – referred to as an IWMS+ system in this article – can be a very smart financial and operational decision for your business workplace

IWMS+: At the Intersection of IWMS and IoT

IWMS+ technology integrates traditional IWMS software with IoT sensor capabilities. By working in conjunction with each other, the IWMS software is able to function in smarter ways, while the Smart Building monitoring system can be adapted to optimize workplace productivity and efficiency. Further, an IWMS+ solution is able to obtain, consolidate and analyze a rich body of IoT sensor and BIM data, allowing for high-quality, live data that could not be accessed through just one of these systems.

Smart Room Reservations with IWMS+

An IWMS+ system can augment many different workplace management functions. One of these areas is room reservations. With a traditional IWMS system, building users can reserve a room or desk for a specific amount of time. Other reservation features with a traditional IWMS include: requesting equipment or services in conjunction with the room reservation, automating setup and cleanup pre-and-post meetings, receiving check-in and booking confirmation, and having access to different types of booking touch points (mobile, kiosk, desktop).

On the other hand, a Smart Room Reservation system combines IWMS features with IoT sensor capabilities to incorporate space utilization data in addition to traditional reservation offerings. Let’s look at three different specialized offerings from an IWMS+ Smart Room Reservation system…

[Admin: This post is related to the 08.01.16 post about the CAFM, CMMS, EAM, and IWMS competitors of IBM TRIRIGA, and the 08.22.17 post by Verdantix about IWMS competition intensifying. To see other related posts, use the IWMS 2.0 tag.]

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FM:Systems: Do you understand the need for a Revit facilities model?


Revit models constructed for the purposes of fabrication, coordination and as-built conditions are typically not going to function well in a facilities environment if they are used “as is.” It’s important for AEC service providers and consultants to understand their customer needs. Chuck Mies from Autodesk sums this up best by posing the following three questions that you should be asking a building owner if they intend to use a Revit model for facilities management:

  • Who on the facilities team is going to use the data?
  • What data is going to be collected during the AEC process for future FM purposes, and how?
  • How will it be maintained once operations begin?

By asking these questions and engaging a building owner you can have greater confidence that a Revit model turned over for the purposes of FM will be more successful and actually used during operations. I also recommend that you ask your customer to really think about what data is critical and who in their facilities team will be responsible for maintaining the information once the model is turned over. This will ensure that you don’t over model or provide excessive detail in equipment families that are not critical and will be difficult for a facilities team to maintain…

[Admin: To see other related posts, use the BIM tag or Revit tag.]

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Planon: Can IWMS and BIM become your organization’s library?


Integration with BIM

Wouldn’t it be great if software supported the total lifecycle of all your buildings? Can it be your organisation’s memory? Going deeper still, wouldn’t it be beneficial to ensure that all the materials in a building were being used to their full potential and were a valuable part of this lifecycle – an initiative that the Dutch institution Madaster advocates?

An important piece of the puzzle to realise this vision would be to integrate Building Information Modelling (BIM) information with, on the one side, the daily user processes of an IWMS, and on the other side, all of the changes in your buildings, spaces and installations, available in BIM. It will become possible to access the memory of the organisation at any time: find which malfunction happened at which installation in which room, reported by a certain user, fixed by a service provider who was part of a service contract at that time…

[Admin: This post is related to the 09.28.17 article by FM:Systems about the cost of interoperability. To see other related posts, use the BIM tag.]

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FM:Systems: Evolving Revit models for each phase of a building’s life


One of the challenges that building owners who implement lifecycle BIM face is the difference between the BIM models created for design and construction and the BIM models needed for operation. Although with proper procedures, building data can and should flow from one phase to the next, it is useful to identify at least four types of BIM models…

  • BIM Design Models: These are created by architects and engineers with the objective of first defining the conceptual design and ultimately producing construction documents…
  • BIM Construction Models: Contractors and subcontractors will use these models to aid in staging and detect potential conflicts using clash detection before encountering the issues in the field.
  • BIM As-Built Model: This is created by the general contractor, subcontractors and suppliers. Traditionally, this information has been provided as a set of paper working drawings…
  • BIM FM Model: This model is derived primarily from input from the BIM As-Built Model. When creating the BIM FM Model, the following modifications are made…

[Admin: To see other related posts, use the BIM tag.]

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Planon: Why do most real estate managers still need to know BIM?


Many real estate managers are rather surprised when their contractor shows up with loads of information at the hand-over of a new construction project. “It is all the information you need for the operational phase” he will say. Adding, “As we are really innovative, you will find everything in a digital model, called BIM.” After a discussion, in which the real estate manager explains that he only needs a small portion, a common response of the contractor is: “Real Estate & Facility Management is still old-fashioned, they don’t know what they need!” Is this a fair response?

The information challenge

Typically, users of an Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) have dealt with this challenge for many years. They have probably invested in maintaining CAD drawings to be able to import the gross and net m² of their spaces and updated their building assets at a relative high level. They have had to make maintenance budgets based on estimations of the amount of glass m² of their facades. When preparing for a renovation, they hire an architect to do exact measurements, which has always been the base for comparing offers of contractors to do their work.

Getting the most out of BIM

As contractors and architects are currently re-developing their business plans based on the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), real estate managers are still investigating what this could mean for them. What possible benefits exist for maintaining a space with 3D dimensions? Or, which self-service/job-handling processes can really be improved by walking through a 3D model? Real estate managers that receive a BIM model will now have a hundred times more assets available than before. However, who will benefit from this type of information?

[Admin: To see other related posts, use the Planon tag.]

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IV94517: Space area is incorrect after import using Revit and BIM


After importing a space record using the IBM TRIRIGA Connector for BIM and Autodesk Revit, TRIRIGA displays an incorrect value of the space “area” of the imported drawing.

The fix will involve setting the UOM type for the triBIMFloor and triBIMSpace area fields to Square-Feet, since the values from BIM are always Square-Feet values. This will ensure that the workflow mappings from the triBIMFloor and triBIMSpace records to their respective triFloor and triSpace records will include UOM conversion.

So, for example, if the target triFloor and triSpace records are defined as Square-Meters, the workflow will inherently convert the Square-Feet values (on triBIMFloor and triBIMSpace) to Square-Meter values.

[Admin: A similar article is also posted in the IBM Support Portal.]

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IBM TRIRIGA and RedSys offer ERP for commercial real estate


[Google Translated from Russian]

ERP for Real Estate: To Help Managers

In the IT market, there are a number of systems for the management of commercial real estate, both Russian and foreign. Many of them work on transactional basis. There are integrated solutions, covering all aspects of property management. One of these solutions is developed by the RedSys Russian company, which is based on IBM TRIRIGA software platform, widely used around the world for the management of assets. Features of the solution – through management of the facility, which includes all areas: financial, commercial, operational, etc. Users can do powerful visualization and reporting, which allow you to control the object from different points of view.

The building is presented in such a system in the form of a floor plan, for which the information can be obtained from three-dimensional models of BIM-systems, which clearly demonstrates all the necessary data to the customer: the occupancy of space, the number of tenants, the state of infrastructure, financial performance, and more. Also in their judgment, RedSys has built project management tools with the possibility of the plan, attach documents, and reporting on deviations from the terms of the tasks. Of particular note, and analytical capabilities of solutions that enable owners and top management to keep abreast…

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[Original Russian]

ERP для недвижимости: В помощь менеджерам

На ИТ-рынке существует ряд систем для управления коммерческой недвижимостью, как российских, так и зарубежных. Многие из них работают по транзакционному принципу. Есть и комплексные решения, охватывающие все аспекты управления недвижимостью. Одним из таких решений является разработка российской компании RedSys, в основе которой лежит программная платформа IBM Tririga, широко используемая во всем мире для управления активами. Особенности данного решения — сквозное управление объектом, включающее все направления: финансовое, коммерческое, эксплуатационное и т. д. Пользователям доступны мощные средства визуализации и представления информации, которые позволяют управлять объектом с различных точек зрения.

Здание представлено в такой системе в виде поэтажного плана, информацию для которого можно получить из трехмерных моделей BIM-систем, где наглядно демонстрируются все нужные заказчику данные: заполняемость площадей, количество арендаторов, состояние инфраструктуры, финансовые показатели и прочее. Также в составе решения от RedSys имеются встроенные средства управления проектами с возможностью ведения плана, прикрепления документов и формирования отчетов по отклонениям от сроков выполнения задач. Особо следует отметить и аналитические возможности решения, позволяющие владельцам и топ-менеджменту держать руку на пульсе…

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Planon: Is BIM just a big information mess?


What to watch for when preparing for building information modeling (BIM) adoption? Although mitigation measures will be available for any impediments, the total picture is probably still pretty complex to allow for a wide and swift adoption of BIM technology for the lifecycle of buildings…

The BIM technology industry itself has yet to address some specific requirements inherent to building lifecycle management. BIM technology needs to move from a project-tool-set proposition to a digital business service. Developments in IT are moving fast and one can expect the BIM vendors to address them…

There are several indisputable reasons why BIM is slowly but steadily being adopted in specific industries and areas… In addition to avoiding this wasted time and money, there are two other primary reasons why organisations are shifting towards inclusion of BIM in their facility management processes:

  • On an operational level, the visualisations that BIM provides can enable higher levels of efficiency and security in operating and maintaining the facilities.
  • Another reason is compliance. There are governments who demand the use of BIM systems in order for permits to be granted for building development. Other governments require the availability of BIM models for any facility they occupy or rent…

[Admin: This post is related to the 02.28.17 article by FacilitiesNet about using BIM for FM.]

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