How does University of California ensure buildings are performing?

How does the University of California plan to manage their property assets across 10 campuses? By implementing an impressive new program called ICAMP – the Integrated Capital Asset Management Program. We caught up with Rich Powers, of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) to find out how ICAMP enables visibility and integration across campus systems, and promotes efficient asset lifecycle management, too…

Defining the key elements of ICAMP

The ICAMP solution contains three solutions, all of which come together to support better decision-making:

  •       IBM TRIRIGA Cloud
  •       RSMeans
  •       FieldFLEX Mobile.

UCOP chose the TRIRIGA platform to bring together all of their asset data into one integrated system. TRIRIGA lets you create a building inventory and location hierarchy. It has the capabilities required to manage those buildings throughout their lifecycle. Crucially, it supports facility condition assessment, or FCA. This is how they access every building component, from floor to ceiling, for health and performance. By using TRIRIGA, Rich’s team can overlay their building inventory with the FCA data to see which assets are most at risk, or in need of maintenance.

By combining this information with industry data from RSMeans, the team is able to estimate potential repair costs, then kick off opportunities from within TRIRIGA. UCOP also built a mobile FCA application with FieldFLEX Mobile that makes TRIRIGA available to technicians in the field. This carries the advantage of a streamlined inspection and assessment process. It allows architectural, electrical, and mechanical inspectors to look at their respective inventory elements and access asset data with ease. The application supports storing floor plans, uploading photos and videos, geo-tagging buildings and assets, and cross-referencing lifecycle data to help inspectors make better real-time assessments across the portfolio…

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FieldFLEX releases their latest mobility application for FCA

FieldFLEX, the leading developer of mobile enterprise software for corporate real estate and workplace management, announced they will be releasing a premier mobile application designed specifically for facilities engineers and inspectors to gather asset data, perform asset condition audits, and estimate repair and replacement costs. The mobile app will allow organizations to rapidly collect and establish accurate asset records, support sustainable funding models, make critical decisions in a shorter time, and feed data directly into the capital planning and operational process…

The FieldFLEX FCA application is fully integrated with the FieldFLEX mobile platform and offers organizations a flexible, highly-scalable, IoT-enabled mobile solution that provides opportunities to reduce costs and risks. The FieldFLEX mobile platform builds a culture of engagement by connecting mobile employees with their workplace for real-time interaction. The suite of mobile enterprise productivity apps includes asset tracking and logistics, and field operations such as inspections, facility assessments and surveys. Compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows, FieldFLEX apps seamlessly integrate with the enterprise IWMS.

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How long does it take to generate an FCA for 10, 20, 50, or 100 years?

We would like to know how long it takes to generate a facility condition assessment (FCA) or analysis for 10, 20, 50, and 100 years in your environments? We have a single TRIRIGA 3.4.1 server configured with an application server and an independent process server, and we are observing very long generation times for component renewals. Thanks in advance for sharing!

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Starting with facility condition assessments (FCA)

Facility management software has been available for decades; however, recent enhancements enable facility executives to extract more useful planning documents from these powerful tools. One key area of improvement is at the data capture phase: Electronic tablets are used to collect facility condition metrics efficiently and deliver the volume of data to one processing location, which saves time and reduces human input errors.

The FCA “scorecard” structures the data collection and includes a rating and a priority for virtually any aspect of a facility’s infrastructure that the team identifies as important to document. This includes, but is not limited to, structural, plumbing, electrical, exterior envelope, interior spaces, mechanical, lighting, etc. By loading the rating and severity of the problems into a tablet, and confirming the observations with existing conditions photos, the collection phase takes on a consistent structure that gives confidence to the software’s output…

There are several robust facility management software programs to choose from in the marketplace: ARCHIBUS, IBM’s TRIRIGA, and Manhattan Software are but a few. Each is different, and part of the challenge is to choose the best one for the facility’s distinct needs… Though there are clear advantages of using facility management software, the programs carry a hefty price tag. Furthermore, building data at many sites are outdated or just plain wrong. This reality increases the cost to incorporate software into a planning agenda…

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