The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is focused on improving design, construction, and facility management processes: BIM is revolutionizing the industry, so FAA is interested how BIM for Facilities Management applies to the agency’s needs.

A Proof-of-Concept project using an existing Air Traffic Control Tower and supporting facilities was initiated in mid-2011. FAA tasked the NISC (National Airspace System Integration Support Contract owner: Lockheed Martin Corp.) team to deliver a proof of concept for Lifecycle BIM.

The capabilities targeted for the Proof of Concept included the following: Space Management, Asset Management, Disaster Planning, Energy Systems Analysis, Visual Inventorying, Facility Condition Assessment, Asset Life Safety Inspections, Configuration Management, and Security Planning.

FAA BIMThe FAA and Lockheed Martin assigned EcoDomus to lead the team of software vendors and service providers that included: InNovTec (laser scanning), Beck Technology (BIM modeling), ARCHIBUS (CAFM), TMA Systems (CMMS), Schneider Electric (BAS), ESRI (GIS), and Autodesk (BIM software).

The project scope consisted of laser scanning existing facilities, Building Information Modeling, gathering and registering facility data, integration of facility lifecycle solutions, and GIS analysis.

The team identified the following benefits for lifecycle facilities management:
* Reduction in Drafting Requirements and Improvement of Data Accuracy
* Streamlined Operation & Maintenance Control and Direction
* Improved Organization of Relevant Facility Information for Tactical Management and Executive-Level Support
* Improved Emergency Planning and Recovery Services.

The team compared CAD workflows with BIM workflows and provided FAA with Return on Investment calculations for cost and time savings. It was observed that savings from using BIM instead of old 2D-based workflow could reach 45% during design & construction and more than 60% during facility maintenance phase of lifecycle, resulting in more than $65M savings during the next 10 years just for FAA’s Eastern Service Area.