1. 6D Facilities Management
What it is: An
application that makes finding building operations and maintenance information quick
and easy for clients.
How it works: 6D
Facilities Management is a place to store all of a building’s operations and
maintenance manuals, including warranty and manufacturer information, in one,
user-friendly software application. The design and construction teams input
information about the building into the software, including elements from air-handling
units to plumbing fixtures. Clients can then either scan a barcode on the piece
of equipment or navigate a 3D model of the building to access information about
that piece of equipment at their fingertips.
How PCL uses it: Go into the depths of an old building, and you will most likely
find a room the size of a typical office stacked floor to ceiling with boxes
and boxes of manuals. Before 6D models, if something in the building broke or
needed attention, the client had to sift through the boxes trying to find who
the manufacturer is, the warranty, or instructions on how to fix, maintain, or
replace the item. 6D Facilities Management expedites that process for PCL
clients, who can access all this information anywhere from their mobile phones
or desktop. This technology was especially helpful for the APK State Library and Archives project.
2. Robotic Total Stations
What it is: A
technology that changes the way we do surveying.
How it works: Simply put, Robotic Total Stations (RTS)
draw building information in from a 3D model, then shoot a laser to where the
building elements need to be placed on-site. Once it is confirmed that the 3D design matches the on-site
layout, construction can begin.
How PCL uses it: Traditional surveying methods can
be a time-consuming process. The RTS changes the game, especially for
large-scale projects like Orlando’s luxury Citi Tower. In the past, stakeholders and subcontractors were apt to have
differing data points and models. With RTS, everyone can work from the
same page to ensure that all of a building’s elements are placed correctly
according to the 3D model, including floors,
columns, plumbing, and electrical. Instead of having to pull out a tape
measure to check specific placements, the RTS shoots a laser and communicates
the correct placement.
3. Power BI
What it is: A
data analytics tool that is part of the Microsoft 365 suite.
How it works: Power
BI allows us to collect data from different sources and brings it into one
place for analysis. It generates compelling visuals and allows users to track,
compare, and analyze data no matter the source.
How PCL uses it: The possibilities are endless with Power BI. It’s an extremely
user-friendly way to digest information. (Anyone can work with it!) With Power
BI, we can quickly see if a project is experiencing challenges and use data to
view areas that need extra attention. PCL has begun inputting monthly status
reports from every project into Power BI. It now takes one-quarter of the time
to gather all the information, put it into a report, and deliver it to project
stakeholders. Power BI has helped us understand the immediate and potential
impacts of such items as financial changes and quality challenges. It provides
a simple means of examining data from different sources in ways that otherwise wouldn’t
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