US Navy agency using BIM for all naval facilities

Credit: NAVFAC, Sherlock, Smith & Adams Inc
Credit: NAVFAC, Sherlock, Smith & Adams Inc

US Navy agency Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) have began their implementation phases of BIM for use across all naval facilities.

NAVFAC are to utilise Building Information Modelling for construction, design and most importantly, manage all US Navy buildings and provide lifecycle management. To date, no other military agency are implementing BIM like NAVFAC, who will also use BIM as a sustainment, restoration, modernisation (SRM) process.

BIM is particularly important to NAVFAC regarding existing buildings that they are tasked of managing and maintaining. Although design and construction are of great importance (due to NAVFAC uniquely being the only Federal Military Component required to design, build, and maintain all Navy facilities) lifecycle management is crucial due to both new and old facilities needing lifecycle and facilities management applied to them.

The Whole Building Design Guide published the five elements that will make up NAVFAC’s BIM process. They are:

– Data Deliverables for facility life-cycle sustainment, restoration, and modernization.

– O&M data: cut sheets, warranty, certificates, test reports, etc. on equipment and bldg. systems.

– CADD drawings: Floor Plans, Utility Schematic Diagrams, Enlarged Connection & Cutoff Plans.

– Operation, diagnostic techniques, and repair procedures for MEP, fire protection systems, etc.

– Facility Data Files to upload directly into Public Works MAXIMO.

NAVFAC have also developed BIM requirements to allow them to determine which projects require BIM implementation. Renovations equal to or greater than 50% of the Plant Replacement Value and greater than or equal to $2.5 million dollars are eligible, as are new developments greater than $750,000.

Click here to learn more about NAVFAC’s BIM research and utilisation.

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