Information Modeling for Facility Operations

The goal of this research is to explore the extent to which building information models (BIM) can be extended into the operations, maintenance and continuous optimization of CIRS, the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, and the most high-performance building on the UBC campus. The project team will develop and implement a BIM of the CIRS basement to apply BuiltSpace software for tracking and interacting with key  infrastructure assets. This project intends to research and demonstrate innovative methods for operating, maintaining, and interacting with building systems to improve operational efficiency and the cost-effectiveness of facility management. Further, opportunities to engage building inhabitants in the continuous optimization of CIRS, including voting and engagement processes, will also be explored. The CIRS mandate to advance sustainability through research, partnerships and education aligns strongly with the BuiltSpace mission to enable changes to how people address the sustainability of our building stock. This study and demonstration will allow BuiltSpace to validate and improve upon its BIM capability, potentially opening up opportunities for new customers and markets.

Faculty Supervisor:

Drs. Sheryl Staub-French & Rachel Pottinger


Puyan Zadeh


BuiltSpace Technologies Corporation


Engineering - civil


Construction and infrastructure


University of British Columbia



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