MACS: How do you use IBM TRIRIGA in the “new normal” workplace?


Utilizing IBM TRIRIGA, you can adapt to any circumstance with the support of MACS

By Rebecca Simm

In a year where we have had to be both adaptive and responsive in the way we work, MACS can use the knowledge we have gained to improve your working environment for your organization. Utilizing IBM TRIRIGA, you can make confident decisions and adapt to any circumstance, with the support of MACS.

As we find ourselves navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, business managers are likely wondering what will happen when things return to the “new normal”. The latest research from Gartner shows at least 41% of employees will continue to work remotely, at least part of the time after working environments reopen fully…

IBM TRIRIGA can help businesses in real estate and facilities to manage their buildings effectively. Having one central database, you’ll have actionable insights to determine occupancy requirements, and how well you’re using your available space.

To secure a safe working environment for their staff, Space Planners and Facility Managers are facing a set of unique challenges. While floor plans and furniture layouts may not have changed, the new need for social distancing has. Spaces that previously had an occupancy of 20 people, are now restricted to 3-4 employees…

IBM TRIRIGA can assist you in the day-to-day running of your workplaces, ensuring all staff are safe. Making the right decisions with an intelligent real estate and facilities management solution could save your organization money and time, and most importantly, create a safe workplace for all employees…

[Admin: This post is related to the 06.25.20 post about workplace strategies for safety that you can use today.]

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How do you bring floor plans to life with indoor mapping?


IBM TRIRIGA and Esri ArcGIS Indoors partnership means you can add interactive indoor maps

By Lisa Barclay

Even as our workplaces are changing, there’s always the desire to take building management to the next level. Take space, for instance. There’s helpful information in every floor plan, especially as you look for ways to keep people safer…

That’s why IBM partnered with the global market leader in geographic information systems (GIS), Esri. This partnership gives you the combined power of TRIRIGA’s comprehensive IWMS for real estate and facility management with Esri ArcGIS Indoors’ complete indoor mapping system.

The result: Smart building mapping that brings TRIRIGA floor plans to life.

Imagine adding interactive indoor maps into the experience for employees and visitors as well as building management and maintenance staff. Envision the new ways you could engage with building occupants. It’s a great opportunity for improved wayfinding, productivity, and workplace experience in your facilities…

When you leverage the building data and floor plans in TRIRIGA and visualize it with Esri ArcGIS Indoors smart building mapping, you have the power…

[Admin: This post is related to the 06.25.20 post about workplace strategies for safety that you can use today.]

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Where can you find info about IBM TRIRIGA Building Insights?


IBM® TRIRIGA® Building Insights is an IBM TRIRIGA Perceptive app that uses IoT data, AI, inputs from TRIRIGA and other external sources like WiFi and badge data, to deliver utilization insights about occupancy and frequency metrics for your buildings, floors, and spaces across your entire real estate portfolio.

Use Building Insights to transform workplace experiences with AI and analytical capabilities for intelligent real estate management. Use Building Insights with data from IoT sensors and Cisco DNA Spaces to understand space utilization trends, metrics, and anomalies. Use the utilization information to identify underperforming spaces and optimize space utilization within your real estate portfolio.

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[Admin: This post is related to the 06.19.20 post about finding 3.7.0 and 10.7.0 information. To see other related posts, search “where can you find“.]

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How do you export all of the layers of floor graphics at once?


I am a TRIRIGA user and my building has 50 floors. I have to export each floor graphic as a PDF. Is there a way to export all graphic layers in TRIRIGA at once?

In TRIRIGA, on the Graphics tab, use the “Menu”, select the check boxes of all of the layers you want to display, then use “Export to PDF” or “Print to PDF”.

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Why do duplicate opportunity rows show in the Assessment tab?


We have an issue with duplicate opportunity rows in the building’s Assessment tab. The issue seems tied to the building system class smart section and the underlying table reporting against it, T_TR_DEF_LI_IT_TR_BUI_SY_CL, while in a building record, Assessment tab, when we create a new opportunity, fill in the building system class smart section (not the building system item one), and create draft.

If a user then tries to change the building system class, but then decides to not save and instead just closes the form, the row that is entered into the table T_TR_DEF_LI_IT_TR_BUI_SY_CL for the temp data, is not removed when the record is closed without saving. Which results in the opportunity query on buildings displaying the opportunity twice. This seems to be a general issue with the use of these tables, since it also happens when you do the same steps on a work task and a facility project; an extra row remains in T_TR_WO_TA_TR_FACILIT_PROJ.

Has anyone else encountered this issue and found a way to correct it? Using the steps below, can anyone confirm that the issue happens for them as well?

This issue is being addressed through PMR 12839,082,000 / APAR [IJ00504].

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Is there a way to retire all attached child records in bulk?


We are working to clean up a rather large list of child records (floors and spaces) that are attached to retired parent records (buildings). Is there an easy way to mass retire child records? Also, is there a workflow that can be run when a building is retired to avoid this issue in the future?

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IV97203: Hierarchical query for buildings with assets ends session


Users navigating to a hierarchical query of building and asset records have experienced user kickout (or timeout) behavior when entering or clearing filters.

We needed to prevent the load of a large hierarchical query with runtime user filters in a portal section that kicks the user out. Moving forward, we resolved an issue that could cause a user’s session to be terminated if the user interacts with an hierarchal query before the query has finished loading.

[Admin: This post is related to the 06.19.17 post about a user session terminated due to a missing security token. To see other related posts, use the Filter 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…

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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?

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FM trends in high-performance buildings and workplaces (HPB+W)


The annual High-Performance Buildings + Workplaces (HPB+W) conference takes place at the Arlington (Texas) Convention Center, May 17-18. Registration is free!

Greg Zimmerman brings more than 13 years of experience and knowledge to the facility management field. He discusses the changes and trends he’s seen in the quickly evolving occupation. With technology rapidly influencing the profession, facility managers can expect to see the effect in their everyday jobs and the overall performance of their buildings.

What misconceptions do people have about smart, sustainable buildings?

A common misconception I hear is high-performance buildings or smart buildings must be super expensive and complex. That’s simply not true. Even small buildings that are easier to operate can be smart, high-performance, and sustainable. Most buildings in the United States are smaller, so we can really start making a dent…

What excites you about the future of the facilities business?

The rate at which high-performance building technology is being implemented is really encouraging. The Internet of Things, IoT, is one example. We have adopted IoT technology in our personal lives, and now we’re doing that in our professional lives. People have been using smart phones to remotely control things…

What advice would you give to facility managers just starting out?

One thing to focus on is learning about what’s going to be important in the future. The biggest topic in facility management right now is high-performance buildings and sustainability. Technology is second nature to young professionals just coming in. Understand and learn the technology. Be the “go to” person for your building…

What do people need to know about HPB+W?

This is really the only show of its kind, covering such a wide range of topics. It concentrates on energy and water efficiency, air quality, IoT, technology; all falling under the umbrella of high-performance buildings. This is our third year of the show and we are really hitting our stride…

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