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Building Condition Assessment Software

  • 1.  Building Condition Assessment Software

    Posted 01-05-2018 12:42
    ​Seeking thoughts, recommendations, experiences, ideas about Building Condition Assessment Software products.  The task is to report on available technology which can accumulate building / facility condition assessments into a database for ease of retrieval to determine building / facility renovation program for government agency with multiple plants including multiple building / facility types including office, laboratory, pumping station, industrial process facilities.

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    Michelle Gillette-Murphy AIA
    Associate Architect
    Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC)
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  • 2.  RE: Building Condition Assessment Software

    Posted 01-08-2018 17:42
    Michelle,

    The Department of Defense is investing heavily in the BUILDER SMS software:

    http://www.erdc.usace.army.mil/Media/Fact-Sheets/Fact-Sheet-Article-View/Article/476728/builder-sustainment-management-system/

    Army, Air Force, and Navy are all required to use BUILDER for facility condition assessments, and there are many other Federal Government agencies that have started utilizing as well. These are used across installations (i.e. multiple facilities, campus settings, etc.) and should be a decent place to start with your research.

    Hope this helps.

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    R. Brandon Tobias AIA
    Architect
    US Army Corps of Engineers
    Washington, DC
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  • 3.  RE: Building Condition Assessment Software

    Posted 01-08-2018 20:32
    The City of Dallas recently completed a Facilities Condition Assessment. Please call me at your convenience so i may discuss the 2 year process that we went through. My number is 214 670 3045.




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  • 4.  RE: Building Condition Assessment Software

    Posted 01-09-2018 17:34
    We conducted a facility assessment in 2000, 2001, 2006 and again in 2010. In the early years we used an excel based worksheet pulling common criterion from a single sheet to then calculate individual building assessments. Of course the downside to this type of assessment tool is that it is locked in a spreadsheet. In 2010 our CEO hired a consultant, but unfortunately their work was also in an excel worksheet. We are now on the hunt for a web (cloud) based system that is much more robust to handle assessments, maintenance work orders, and space allocation.

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    Robert Ooley FAIA
    County Architect
    Santa Barbara County Govt.
    Santa Barbara CA
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  • 5.  RE: Building Condition Assessment Software

    Posted 01-09-2018 10:13
    May I suggest you view Aris, Assessments website @ arisfca.com



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  • 6.  RE: Building Condition Assessment Software

    Posted 01-10-2018 18:29
    Hi Michelle-
    My previous employer, City of Durham NC, was also looking into this the past two years or so. Some possibilities that were entertained were Facility Dude (used by maintenance staff for work orders already) Archibus and FM Systems. Project management wise we also entertained Procore, Newforma, P6 (Primavera) and Autodesk's 360.
    Some challenges were: desire for compatibility /coordination with existing facility maintenance/work order system, ability to work with CAD as-built drawings, ability to forecast facility repairs/ maintenance needs more proactively, ability to also provide project management capability etc. and the fact that no one system captured all aspects of this very well.  Maybe we just aimed for too much in one package but It seemed like the software products out there did a few things well but not all. In searching for project management software in general we found there was no one perfect solution.
    So long story short is that I'd recommend focusing on a few key, core aspects that you're after  and realize some things may need to stay in neighboring software system or separate spreadsheets.
    One big advantage to spreadsheets is ease of accessibility (as most everyone has Excel) and the corresponding compatibility. Some of the software systems out there get pricey very quickly so keep that in mind. I often wondered whether Microsoft Access database wouldn't have been easiest solution due to that reason.
    Best of luck in your explorations!
    Dave

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    Dave Delcambre AIA
    Construction Project Manager
    City of Raleigh

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