Project Type MQP Submission date 2011-03-15 Authors Trevor Barnes Bertin, CE Peter Schembri, CE URN E-project-031511-120445 Title Enhancing Facilities Management and Structural Design through Building Information Modeling Advisors Salazar, Guillermo F., CE Albano, Leonard D., CE Availability unrestricted
The project explored using Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a tool to provide continuity in the flow of information from the design/construction phases of the new Center to its occupation/operation by the WPI Department of Facilities. Three structural steel alternatives were designed, presented visually, and then compared to the precast arches located above the natatorium. A decision matrix was used to evaluate the structural options and select a preferred system. A BIM-prototype was created to demonstrate the capabilities of BIM for storage and retrieval of closeout documents and other critical information for the Department of Facilities. This system demonstrates the benefits of using information technology for facilitating the phases of construction and facilities management.
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