Smart Asset Management, BIM, the Internet of Things and Energy Karl Redmond, Director for EDB Architects and Lead Consultants, discusses the Smart Asset Management project and how it saves on costs while ensuring improvements… Following the publication of the article, ‘How NHS Estates are developing BIM, the NEC3 contracts and IoT’, October 2016, Enable by Design (EBD) have been busy, with partners, refining the Smart Asset Management (SAM) project. The SAM project supported by the Internet of Things (IoT) and preceded by EBDs understanding of BIM and NEC3, aims to provide a solid foundation for greater certainty regarding capital and operational expenditure as well as ongoing asset measurement, performance refinements and component evaluation. All of which are seen as tangible outputs for clients with identifiable cost savings and continuous quality improvements. It also has the added benefit of being wrapped up and packaged in a transparent, easy to access and useable process that will help with procurement times, inventory management and many more key issues facing the many sectors dealing with estates and facilities management. The SAM
Information Technology • Cloud, SaaS, Mobile • Big Data, Digitalisation, APIs • Procurement, Finance, CRM Operational Technology • Assets, Machines, Facilities • Controls Systems, Sensors • Productivity, Reliability, Uptime • Smart, predicative, preventive & re-active maintenance • Optimising assets & production + providing analytics • Driving operational efficiencies and performance while simultaneously factoring in greater accountability regarding strengthening financial performance. “EBD and its partners aim to create a platform to democratise this innovative process, which will be accessible internally and available to external communities, including distribution companies, suppliers, manufacturers, partners, contractors, professionals and clients. All of which can provide communities access to create new Apps or migrate existing ones with simple access to IoT, Big-Data and growing relevant data sets, enabling scalable, visible, governed, timely and cost-effective innovation for all to share.” Georgina Penfold, Director of Spraga Ltd and winner of Energy Industry Expert of the Year at the 2016 Energy Live Consultancy Awards stated; “A recent survey of large energy end-users (£500K per annum electricity spend or greater) confirmed that nearly 20% of energy managers believe scepticism of the technology amongst the decision makers will be a significant barrier to the adoption of smart assets within the business”. See table 1: EBD and its partners have continued to push on with the SAM project, and offering thought leadership based on the positive feedback from the client (the ‘pull’) and utilising existing data sets and new ones developed with the skill, care and attention of our partners and coupled with the deep understanding of clients. EBD have taken the on-going project developed in association with a willing client and looked at including additional critical beneficial factors – energy. Before outlining the links between the above SAM project and ‘energy’, it may be worth re-capping on the basic principles of the BIM methodology. For the record, I believe in the BIM methodology and more so when coupled with the NEC3 contract and the adoption of the correct understanding, culture change, education of the client along with an open, transparent approach – all of which I strongly believe in as it will benefit the client both short and long term. The feeling from my perspective is that the BIM methodology can, and will, introduce a greater degree of transparency, cost certainty and on-going use for clients when dealing with both capital and operational requirements. Although, it must be incorporated at a very early stage with a constant eye on the end-user and operator requirements. As hinted at earlier this must also be accompanied by a much greater level of holistic thinking and understanding from those controlling or project managing the process, along with vastly improved communication skills and a huge helping of culture change (a ‘hold the nose and swallow the medicine’ for some who will not change). BIM from the outset allows project teams to collaborate, this has been seen to take hold particularly in the 29
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