When I was asked to write an article on the “top technology changes in facilities planning (or design, or maintenance, etc.)” my mind was immediately flooded with ideas such as the methods for determining the best software, best practices for implementation, lessons learned from these efforts over the years, and what’s coming next and why, to name a few. However, while the items I just mentioned are important, they are all driven by one overarching thing: data.
Having started my career hand drafting, then moving to Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD), and finally to Building Information Modeling (BIM), it’s clear to me that what we are really seeing is an increase in the availability of and the need for data. Specifically, data that can and should be used to make not just the design and planning phases more informed and efficient, but also to improve how buildings are built and taken care of throughout their life cycles.
Read more of Paul's article, "It's All About the Data" from the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of ASBO Matters.