2011 Working Group Meetings

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As I2SL works to expand the Labs21 Annual Conference, Workshops, and its own sustainable laboratory initiatives, we are looking to you, the experts in the laboratory community, for your thoughts on various initiatives. The following I2SL Working Group meetings occurred at this year's conference:

Laboratory Facility Management Through Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Monday, September 19
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Hosted by: International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)/buildingSMART alliance™

View the meeting agenda and discussion points (111 KB, 11 pp).

High-tech building professionals were invited to discuss a proposed framework that is being developed to facilitate the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a facility management tool for laboratories and related high-technology facilities. Ensuring energy and environmental sustainability and human health in these buildings requires that designed and engineered systems perform as planned throughout the building's lifecycle.

BIM is now transforming how buildings are designed and constructed, but unfortunately BIM has less impact on how they are operated. While a growing number of architecture and construction management firms are implementing BIM with varying degrees of success, few believe that BIM has reached full implementation or development. For BIM to reach its full potential, a comprehensive and organized approach for research and development of BIM as a facility management tool is needed.

Research activities for BIM must be well organized between BIM vendors, design and construction firms, and academic institutions. By doing so, a more coordinated and integrated system could be offered that would utilize the capabilities of BIM consistent with its capacities. To achieve this expectation, the buildingSMART alliance, IFMA, and I2SL have organized an effort to develop a BIM research framework.

All were welcome to join a meeting with these organizations on Monday, September 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center to discuss a research framework for BIM and develop an advisory group to further this project. Volunteers will form an advisory group and will be asked to help draft a research framework, develop an implementation strategy for the framework, and identify means to financially support the research efforts. The advisory group should include, but will not necessarily be limited to:

  • Innovative BIM users from design, construction, and facility management
  • Interested BIM vendors
  • Academic institutions working with BIM
  • Public and private sector organizations

This meeting was held in conjunction with the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference. The meeting was free to all attendees and pre-registration was not required. Attendees were encouraged, however, to register to attend the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference, which provides three days of information sharing on sustainability in high-tech facilities.


Laboratory Sub-Metering and Benchmarking: Developing a Sub-metering Taxonomy

Wednesday, September 21
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Led by: Stephen Samouhos, KGS Buildings

As a consequence of today's growing demand for building data and the merger of information technology and building technology, we are faced with the challenge of how to make the best use of that new flood of data, and how to facilitate its universal consumption by new tools and technologies. Taxonomy is a method of structuring raw data so that it has meaning to people. This I2SL working group meeting addressed the problem of universal data consumption in third party information tools by discussing and proposing a possible standard format for naming building data points. Participants discussed the concept of a mark-up language, or equivalent taxonomy, for building data, as well as on possible data taxonomy and building data information model. Based on the results of the discussion, participants will create an initial list or "dictionary" for this data model. The results of the discussion will be documented and distributed to the participants of the working group. Our hope is to also connect with other standards bodies and trade associations who would have a stake in the formation of universal building data taxonomy (i.e. ASHRAE, USGBC, NAESCO). This meeting was open to all Laboratory Sub-metering and Benchmarking Working Group members and other interested conference attendees.


If you would like to join an I2SL Working Group, please contact I2SL.


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