I have seen a quote that said, in Building process:

  • Design it is 90% visual,10% data
  • Construction 50% visual, 50% data
  • AM/FM it is 10% visual, 90% data

I struggle with the AM/FM visual content coming from the design arena. I do find that a picture paints a  thousand words, and my mind sees patterns in visual arrangements more easily than in structured data tables and reports.

Drawings have been generated in the design phase, and contractors working in the remedial area do need good information on how the building was put together or quantities or manufacturer and type for products. So making this information is only a matter of posting it on a website linking to a directory to make it accessible. An example of this is 2D & 3D PDF’s.

Panoramic data from photographs ofr generated by BIM can easily be displayed in browsers to give a good overview of rooms and are also useful to identify elements such as ceiling hatches, light fitting types, hardware type etc that can be viewed and possibly sourced prior to going to site to do a repair. Examples here Panoramas.

Here is an example of a Property Management Website Demonstration where you can put your property information for better access Property Website.

A good tool to use to help obtain data on site is to use Bar codes and QR codes and Bar codes to make you information accessible  QR/Bar Codes.

Getting a feel for relationships in data  and building layout hierarchy is by using Dendograms. Graphs also are able to break up information and display it in a structured manner that makes it easier to digest, that is why they ae used on dashboards, and force diagrams are a method to explore relationships between spaces. Graphs, Dendograms and Force Diagrams.