How technology can help prolong building lifecycles

How technology can help prolong building lifecycles
Technology can prolong a building's life cycle.
Published: 6 March 2018 - 8:27 a.m.
By: Nikhil Pereira

Recently, experts voiced their opinion on the importance of understanding big data for buildings, especially with the increase in implementation of IoT-enabled sensors and devices in the built environment.

At a 2017 roundtable, KEO International Consultants’ sustainability head of commissioning, Kevin Sullivan, said that Middle East cities need to look at innovative ways to better manage buildings nearing the end of their lifecycle.

The predicament isn’t always restricted to the built environment. The problem often crops up within new buildings that have several consultants and technologically advanced contractors using the latest BIM systems. Things can also go wrong when contractors leave premises having commissioned the Building Management Systems (BMS).

Navin Valrani CEO of the Al Shirawi Group says that when the FM team takes over a new build project, “the BMS has been wrongly commissioned 90% of the time”.

The building is then at a risk of generating “junk big data” according to Sullivan, making data management an important step on the road to an asset’s lifecycle. Experts agree that data has become a new asset class for organisations, but the complexity of mining data leaves the property market struggling ‘to know what they know’.

Automation has led to vast amounts of nascent data sitting on existing systems, with buildings owners and FM companies unaware or unable to collate and extract insights from it.

Prabhu Ramachandran, founder and CEO of Facilio Inc. gives an insight as to how his firm addresses the matter. “Facilio digitises the whole process from measurement, waste detection and analytics, to facilities management workflow as well as the ‘fix and verify’ process. Ultimately, it manages this entire process in real-time, every day and continuously,” Ramachandran says.

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