• AISC
  • RAIC
  • Jul
  • 23
  • 2018
Benefits of Unified Database Architecture in Building Environment

Benefits of Unified Database Architecture in Building Environment

In the building construction industry, data storage and maintaining that storage is a big challenge. Usually there is a team involved to manage this department. The forethought along with the right strategy for all data and information to manage a building is important.

There is big data involved in building and construction segment. This data could be inventory, asset management, independent control systems, building management systems, facility management systems, BIM data, business systems, constructions plans, equipment and product data, data about the third party contractors who are responsible for installing, servicing and maintaining the building equipment.

When you see as a whole, you will find that much of your data would be stored in different electronic and paper formats. You will eventually feel that there is no such cohesive strategy to systematically maintain this data. Not only for technical data, but you would also need a system to record information about different data management processes and the people involved in doing that.

As the technology is evolving day by day, even the building industry is seeing a revolution. There were already tools like building data, data analytics and machine learning, which are forming a source for improving building operations by managing and analyzing data effectively. But it always appears ad hoc when it comes to broadly acquire and manage building data. Though there were efforts for focusing specific aspects of the building like energy and HVAC systems. To cater with a wide angle, something would actually be required where all the different data can be assembled into a unified database architecture and forms a repository which can be incorporated into everyday use. With the use of BIM modeling services, it has been possible to achieve this.

This unified process has several advantages.

  1. Eliminates unnecessary paper storage

    With the use of digital unified database approach, the overheads and extra efforts to store and maintain old and new records on papers have vanished.

  2. High availability and easy sharing of Building data

    Using Unified Database, building data has become widely available with the feature of sharing the data. Since all the data would be together, there would be better insights of the over performance and in turn, there would be a good scope of work analytics, correlations and metrics.

  3. Easy access to the building data

    With the approach to organize the data structurally with orderly index, the overheads to approach the single responsible units for data, eliminates. This saves time & money and facilitates easy access to data.

  4. Systematic storage

    A structured approach plays a vital role in organizing and storing the data systematically. With this, there is a drastic improvement in storing the archive records and preserving them for the longest periods of time. Every organization needs archive records for some or the other purpose, like for performance analysis. This system helps to achieve such needs.

  1. Improves data integrity

    Since this system is built with a strong and long lasting vision, there is a provision to store data which is accurate, reliable, consistent and complete. When the data passes the initial validation, then only, it is taken further to complete the remaining processes. At the end, the data becomes secured and cannot be altered or deleted without authorization.

  2. Improves efficiency

    When you have the data organized in your system, it definitely leads you to a process which will increase the work efficiency. This way, you can also come up with new and creative ideas that would be beneficial in the building operations.

  3. Data Streamlining

    Smooth and up-to-date working is the key benefit of using a unified database architecture. With this seamless approach, it becomes very easy to streamline data and work, with the least possible turbulence.

It is really a great achievement for Architectural drafting companies, who always struggle to maintain all the information and data records.

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