ISM is attending the ARCHIBUS Federal User Group meeting today at the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, VA. Kevin Kozel, Director of National Business Development; Andrew Sweet, Senior Integration Engineer; Chase Lund, Business Application Engineer; Jeffrey Fuller, ARCHIBUS Engineer; and, Tim Callis, ARCHIBUS Engineer, are there sharing knowledge and ideas with some of their federal clients.
As Washington, D.C. became more austere with its funding, a government agency needed a way to manage its valuable assets and justify expenditures. ISM Services, Inc. was engaged by the Agency to assist. The firm recommended ARCHIBUS, a robust software package with modules to manage a diverse array of assets. ARCHIBUS is now used to manage and track the Agency’s real estate and property, fleet of vehicles and occupancy.
April 30-May 3, 2017
ISM recently attended ARCHIBUS Nexus 2017, where co-founder Paul Williams was a presenter. On the opening day of the conference, Williams delivered a presentation on Big Data and the IoT to a full house. For further information, contact ISM.
ARCHIBUS is the #1 provider of real estate, infrastructure & facilities management solutions in the world, and the conference is the annual pivotal event for the ARCHIBUS Eco-System. ARCHIBUS Nexus provides training, shared experience, and benchmarking for ARCHIBUS clients and service providers from around the globe. Throughout the year, members of the ARCHIBUS community participate in local user groups, international Special Interest Groups (SIGs), regional meetings, and targeted training courses to develop professionally.
Remember the famous project cartoon? Does it sound familiar? If you’ve been in the commercial building industry for any length of time, you know what a commercial or government construction project can be like: constant change orders, miscommunication and different reading of plans can wreak havoc on your job. If the client, architect, engineer, contractor, and subcontractors aren’t on the same page, it becomes a nightmare. Imagine if your concrete, elevator, or electrical subcontractors misread the plans or all went by different old versions.
The risks are especially greater on a huge, expensive government or commercial job. There, mistakes can become costly in both time and money quickly.
One solution that is proving itself out in the real world is virtual: 3D visualization. Properly used, it can be the perfect tool to show clients, stakeholders, and co-workers how the project will look, find and fix problems or conflicts before actually building it. Also, you can show all stakeholders how the project will actually look, not just be limited to flat, abstract line drawing plans.
“Is that solar panel array going to have enough space on the roof? Is that beam in the way of the HVAC system? How will the traffic flow on the floor fit? How will this thing look from a visitor’s perspective anyway?” Checking if all systems work, resolving conflicts, and seeing how the project will look are invaluable. “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts” as the saying goes, and getting all clients and construction disciplines together turns a bunch of fragmented disciplines into a cohesive whole is the goal of 3D construction modeling.
Such use for 3D in construction fits well with BIM: Building Information Modeling. This technology allows everyone involved – from the owner to the architect to the light switch installers – working off of the same 3D model for architecture, engineering, building system and construction details. According to AutoCAD, “With a rising number of government and commercial organizations mandating BIM, now is the time to consider implementing BIM at your firm.” (1)
We at ISM have taken 3D BIM modeling a step further: we take your Revit, ArchiCad and SketchUp Pro files and combine it with the Unity video game engine to create a 3D virtual reality experience. Walk through the project as if you were there. Explore the project inside and out. Experience realistic lighting, materials, and interaction. Change finishes and details on the fly. Measure distances precisely. View it through your computer, mobile device, or immerse yourself in the model with the new Oculus VR headset.
ISM Services, Inc. Benefits Employees with Stock Ownership Plan
Essentially, the ESOP is a qualified retirement plan that, based on company performance, could generate significant retirement benefits to ISM Services’ approximately 50 employee owners. Employees become eligible in the plan after six months of continuous service with the company and are entitled to participate in the plan to benefit from an accumulation of ISM Services stock. Employees do not pay taxes on the contributions until they leave the company.
Co-founders, Bill Faddis and Paul Williams, hope that by making employees owners they will increase their dedication to the firm, improve work effort, reduce turnover, and generally bring a more harmonious atmosphere to the company, and that these improved attitudes towards ISM can translate into bottom line improvements.
About ISM Services, Inc. – Founded in 2004, ISM Services, Inc. quickly established itself as a leader in the development and implementation of Comprehensive Facilities Management Services. With an ever-growing staff of hand-picked experts, we now offer a wide variety of services including CADD and 3D Visualization Services, Software Design Services, and 3D Printing. Our solutions are delivered with the right combination of leading-edge technologies, years of experience, and unparalleled support.