AECOO Testbed - Concept Development



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Clarifications have been issued
- updated 21 February 2008.

The buildingSMART alliance, the OGC and Sponsors of the AECOO (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner and Operator) Testbed have issued a Request for Technology (RFT). This document provides the software and research communities, business trade organizations and their membership an opportunity to identify their technology solutions relevant to the testbed's three focus areas:

1. Decision support and general communications - connecting building models with business processes
2. Energy analysis during design
3. Cost estimation during design

These three focus areas were selected as offering significant business benefits to the market for interoperable solutions. This document presents an opportunity for the AECOO software and research communities, business trade organizations and their membership to identify their technology solutions. Respondents will provide buildingSMART alliance, the OGC and the Sponsors a current and accurate understanding of what technologies the software and research communities are ready to bring to the table for integration into an interoperable environment for commercialization. Your responses to this RFT, along with sponsor resources will determine the particular focus areas to be undertaken during the execution phase of the testbed.

Effective management of buildings and other capital facilities increasingly requires information exchange with all disciplines and professions that have a stake in the design, construction and operation of those facilities. Numerous information exchange approaches have been developed independently within the community. Understanding how particular exchanges and related technology might best support AECOO end-to-end business practices is a high priority for the industry.

The International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI) and its National Chapters, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) - its buildingSMART alliance (the North American Chapter of IAI) and National Building Information Modeling Standard (NBIMS) Project have large roles in the ultimate success of this testbed. It is through these organizations that results of the testbed will be delivered.

Our aim is to collaboratively and collectively benefit companies and their service providers that are directly engaged in design, construction, ownership and operation of capital facilities. We also wish to promote opportunities for the many academic organizations involved in researching issues and challenges facing the AECOO community to weigh in with their ideas and contributions. Members of IAI (and their National Chapters), International and National building organizations and agencies, other programs within NIBS, CSI, AGC, ASHRAE, FIATECH, the Lean Construction Institute and others that represent the global marketplace are encouraged to respond to this request and ultimately contribute to the work that will take place in the testbed.

Due date for responses is March 10, 2008.

Chapter 5 of the RFT supplies interested parties with response guidance and instructions.


pdf file A Request for Technology In Support of an AECOO Testbed

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