Virtual Design Analysis Group is a division of NVentum, LLC.

This unique collaborative endeavor; to utilize the latest reality capture technology to document the artifacts, buildings and campus of History San Jose, provides opportunities for private sector, non-profits and institutions of higher education to work together to solve some of today's most pressing engineering issues. The protocol for retrofitting as-built historic facilities and the use of new technologies to preserve our most prized historic treasures are vital to the continued success and expanded influence of our museums.
This blog will document the challenges and successes of this ambitious, one of a kind project.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SMART BUILDINGS: The Benefits of BIM Technology

The Technology
“SMART Building Technology” or Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a collection of software and hardware products and services that use data and information about a building and its environment to automatically optimize the building’s operation and maintenance according to user requirements. Pioneered by some of technology’s most progressive and innovative leaders; Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard, Johnson Controls and Siemens Corporation, SMART Building Technology takes many different forms but is ultimately enabled by the availability of low cost actuators , sensors and proliferation of data networking across an urban environment. A SMART building has the infrastructure necessary to identify and correct its own sub-optimal operation, adapt to changes in user requirements and interact with its occupants.

Johnson Controls
Sensor Product Family
Energy Efficiency: More accurate monitoring and controls of energy intensive systems like HVAC and lighting help keep inefficiencies in check. The careful measurement and monitoring of energy use for the purpose of reducing consumption is the hallmark of Green and SMART buildings. Owners/tenants can expect to have a reduced effect on the environment.
CO2 Organic
Compound Sensor

Fast, Effective Service: BIM technology gives owners the tools needed to better serve guest, occupants and students. Recent innovations allow facility professionals to access building systems via secure intranet, making it easier to answer questions and monitor building performance. Problems are identified early and solved immediately.

Siemens Air Velocity Sensor
Simplified Property Management:  Maintenance crews will no longer take pressure readings, adjust valves by hand or search through stacks of blueprints and schematics to find information.  Adjustments are made and information obtained from the network operation center, the 3D model, with just a few simple keystrokes. The result is a streamlined facility management operation.

Enhanced Life Safety and Security: Innovations in fire response allow other building systems to react to alarms: exhaust dampeners open, the IP and paging systems issue instructions of occupants, the access control systems unlock doors for evacuation and access to emergency responders, CCTV cameras provide emergency responders with a view of the environment.

Siemens Humidity
Indoor Air Quality: BIM technology provides building owners/operators with the ability to monitor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and take appropriate actions to minimize the negative effects of contaminants, humidity and pollutants on museum artifacts and objects.

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