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Disaster Planning

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A process in which emergency responders would have access to critical building information in the form of model and information system. The BIM would provide critical building information to the responders, that would improve the efficiency of the response and, more importantly, minimize the safety risks. The dynamic building information would be provided by a building automation system (BAS), while the static building information, such as floor plans and equipment schematics, would reside in a BIM model. These two systems would be integrated via a wireless connection and emergency responders would be linked to an overall system. The BIM coupled with the BAS would be able to clearly display where the emergency was located within the building, possible routes to the area, and any other harmful locations within the building.

Potential Value:

  • Provide police, fire, public safety officials, and first responders access to critical building information in real-time
  • Improve the effectiveness of emergency response
  • Minimize risks to responders

Resources Required:

  • 3D Model manipulation
  • Building Automation System (BAS) knowledge
  • Emergency response knowledge

 Team Competencies Required:

  • Ability to manipulate, navigate, and review BIM model for facility updates
  • Ability to understand dynamic building information through BAS
  • Ability to make appropriate decisions during an emergency

Selected Resources:

  • Building Information for Emergency Responders. Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 11th World Multi-Conference (WMSCI 2007). Proceedings. Volume 3. Jointly with the Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis: ISAS 2007, 13th International Conference. July 8-11, 2007, Orlando, FL, Callaos, N.; Lesso, W.; Zinn, C. D.; Yang, H., Editor(s)(s), 1-6 pp, 2007. Treado, S. J.; Vinh, A.; Holmberg, D. G.; Galler, M.



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