A facility assessment program increases design efficiency and provides a comparative database of potential risks and alternative solutions.
A third-party facility assessment defines a baseline of infrastructure conditions for facility operators. But a single assessment doesn’t provide a comparative database on potential risks and alternative solutions. A facility assessment program (FAP) can.
An FAP applies a team of technical engineers combing through a facility — or a group of facilities under the umbrella of one company — tracking potential trouble spots.
Armed with tablet PCs preloaded with a facility’s building plans, Burns & McDonnell engineers detect their exact location on the building plans document. Then, using advanced handwriting-detection software and customized data collection tools, they write directly on the screen of the PC to detail their discoveries. Additionally, the tablets are equipped with built-in cameras used to take photos of any problems. All of the data is attached directly to the location on the preloaded building plans file.
Unlike simple facility assessments, the primary value of an FAP comes after the initial walkthrough, which typically takes less than a week for a single facility. FAP data is compiled into standard file types and tools that can be used directly by the client’s existing planning, operations, engineering and maintenance programs. Clients can immediately sort and massage data to help with safety planning, operations upgrades, capital planning or maintenance schedules. The client becomes the owner of the information, allowing full access to cross-reference data within a single facility or incorporate several by region, facility type or even companywide.
“It creates incredible efficiency. It can be applied to products, safety, energy use or any number of areas,” says Kerry Goforth, a Burns & McDonnell engineer in the Process & Industrial Group. “It’s a very high return on investment.”