Projects SWPi

Smart WorkPlace International works on projects connected to its themes Smart WorkPlace and FMBIM and its services. Mostly in collaboration with its partners, but often also by itself. The objective always is to facilitate the adaptation of work to earth. Currently we are working on the followoing projects:

Digitization of Business Catering (Earth and WorkTech)

In Business Catering digitization will help improve selecting good food ingredients, increase food security, catalyse circular economies, shorten distribution chains and deliver greater transparency in procurement. End Users will require more information and influence on the quality and impact of the food and drinks employers offer their employees. Before choosing their menu they will demand validated data about the source of ingredients, quality, social impact, CO2-emission and the consequences of eating specific ingredients on their personal health and performance. Unfortunately digitization of business catering processes has still an long way to go. Coming from a creative craftsmanship-era focused on hospitality, sales and customer experience, innovation in business processes has not been high on the agenda. Food-concepts have often become a marketing tool to promote brands and real estate without promoting health, biodiversity and the actual producers at the other end of supply-chains.

Imagine the impact of changing an ingredient or menu on the equipment, space and construction necessary to deliver food. Or imagine the possibilities of adjusting the physical assets to the health impact and circularity of food production. How Smart would Business Catering be able to get if we could connect all the dots in the chain without physically constructing a new place? If we could make a virtual model of all existing kitchens and restaurants we could change Business Catering chains.

FMBIM (WorkTech and WorkLife)

ISO41001:2018 (ISO/TC 267) defines FM as “Organisational function which integrates people, place and process within the built environment with the purpose of improving the quality of life of people and the productivity of the core business.” ISO41006 working Group focuses on technology and BIM. In 2018 collaboration with ISO55001 (ISO/TC 251) was established. When Patrick MacLeamy launched ‘BIM, BAM, BOOM’ he probably did not realise Building Operations forms just one of the many parts of Facility Management (FM). His video addresses the net present value of operating and using a building. The Dutch NFC Index Cooperative has calculated using an office workplace of 20 rentable m2 costs about € 500 p/yr/m2 on FM-costs, including Building Operations. BuildingSMART International (BSI) developed towards FM. The benefits of openBIM for the functional use and purpose, FM, became recognised by BSI as part of the next step towards a Digital Twin of the Built Environment. It was suggested to connect ISO 19650 (TC 059) and CEN/TC 442 with the other two ISO standards. The position paper ‘Enabling an Ecosystem of Digital Twins’ underlines the growing need for industrial symbiosis and creation of an ‘FMBIM Protocol’ based on ISO41001 and aligned with the status of openBIM developments in the AEC industries.

FMs realize they too have failure costs because of missing or inadequate actual and correct data of the built environment they work with. Professionals estimate these costs at around 15% p/y per workplace (€ 150 p/yr/m2, based on NFC Index). Like the Construction industry, FM providers have developed profitable products and services to manage these failure costs. The need for a Common Data Environment and Single Source of Truth integrating construction and FM information to deliver facilitating End User objectives while minimizing failure costs, has become evident. Many FM associations, FM software companies and FM professionals have already embraced the strategic benefits of BIM for their industry, products, and operations. Many (public) tenders already include FM-related requirements. A Digital Twin based on openBIM could eventually complement IWMS, CAFM and FMIS and help minimize FMs failure costs. The latter would substantiate the need for an FMBIM Roadmap. But only if we use the same protocol to connect our information ecosystems and start with the strategic FM objectives according to ISO41001 for defining FMBIM.

This video by NBS shows the potential of designing a Digital Twin for the FM-service Business Catering. Building assets like walls and doors were modelled at similar detailed levels as the assets for functional use by End Users like tables, chairs, and soap dispensers. The video helps FMs understand that when changing the menu of a restaurant, one can virtually adapt the necessary kitchen equipment to deliver that menu, and check whether the fire rating of the wall next to that equipment should change. Similar videos can be made for the use of BIM for cleaning, workplace management, meeting room equipment, home offices, and many more products and services in FM. 

Using of the Building Information Management concept with the purpose of improving the quality of life of people and the productivity of the core business is what this project aims to do. Bringing down the 15% failure costs by increasing interoperability, collaboration and transparancy accross workplace related industries, is also an important goal. 

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