Managing Research in 6 Dimensions
On the University of Massachusetts Medical School campus in Worcester, MA, a team has created an intelligent BIM model for the university’s 500,000 square-foot Albert Sherman Center project. The state-of-the-art facility will double the medical school’s research capacity and expand its current educational space. The final deliverable will be a model that provides MEP engineering intelligence for future renovations as well as ongoing facilities maintenance with a full online project database which includes O&M’s, Commissioning data, plans, specifications and beyond. The team is also exploring links with the Building Management System (BMS) as well as the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). When complete this model may become the basis for BIM usage for the entire UMass system. The Albert Sherman Center will accommodate 300,000 square feet of space for wet research laboratories, cold rooms, and core research space. In addition, the research and education center will include 200,000 square feet of dry research and educational space, including teaching areas, a 360-seat auditorium, conference center, cafe, fitness center, and support staff spaces.
Tom Watson brings 20 years of industry experience as a Mechanical Engineer specializing in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing/fire protection (MEP/FP) on projects spanning the healthcare, education, and commercial market sectors. The majority of his career was spent working as a plumbing and fire protection engineer at Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates, focusing on the engineering design of schools, healthcare, and research facilities.
As one of the regional BIM/VDC Directors at Suffolk, Tom is responsible for developing and maintaining Building Information Modeling (BIM)/Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) processes for all projects. He utilizes 3D modeling for all MEP/ FP systems, identifying potential collisions, clashes, and constructability issues; provides 4D scheduling simulations of construction sequences; supports estimating in extracting quantities from the models (5D); and develops customized 6D Facilities Management solutions to support an owner’s life cycle management of a building.
John Baker is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facility Management at the UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA. He has been in this position for the last ten years and prior to UMass, John served in the U.S. Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps, retiring after twenty years service. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters of Science in Construction Engineering and Management from Purdue University. John is a registered professional engineer in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Erik Servies, AIA is an Associate with PMA Consultants and has been providing Owner’s Project Management services with PMA for over three years.
Erik earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology and an MBA from Babson College and is a Registered Architect in Massachusetts. Erik is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and the Boston Society of Architects (BSA). He is a frequent presenter on BIM in the Boston area focusing on the Owner’s perspective of BIM 6D, BIM implementation and IPD “lite”.