Burns & McDonnell worked with the Mission Assurance Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, to integrate Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) and Pentagon Force Protection systems and applications to create a Common Operational Picture proof-of-concept. While the primary aim was to provide an incident commander with real-time facility information for emergency response, WHS also wanted to improve day-to-day operations through the use of a building information model (BIM).
At its simplest, a BIM is a three-dimensional model of a facility, but Burns & McDonnell integrated key systems, applications and databases to create a life-cycle BIM that could draw from all data in the facility. This was accomplished by integrating building automation and fire detection systems with computer-aided maintenance management system (CMMS) and computer-aided facility management (CAFM) applications, electronic document management system (EDMS) and a commissioning database.
The integrated system combined data to provide real-time information about the location and type of a fire alarm as well as information about the alarm device and the groups occupying the space near the alarm. Emergency response information, like standpipe locations and escape routes, was integrated with the dynamic system information in a single Web interface that could be displayed on a video wall. This heads-up display allows the incident commander to drill down into systems and applications through a single mouse click on legends, devices and floor plans.
This drill-down capability was accomplished by making real-time queries to the disparate databases. This allowed the existing data to be leveraged without aggregation in a single data warehouse, avoiding the hindrance of a higher security classification. The integration of these systems occurred at the console and made it possible to provide visual integration on the video display wall with systems that were on secure networks.
While the BIM was the foundation for the emergency response interface, it improves day-to-day operations by making data and information more accessible. It improves productivity by giving the operations control center and technicians immediate access to information about installed equipment. While this information comes from several different databases, it was integrated into a single Web display. This system provides the basis for more specific dashboards to monitor alarms and trends and to track workflows to ensure continuity of operations during emergency situations and normal operations.
- Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) integration
- Systems integration
- SharePoint and Web part development
- Building information model (BIM) creation
- Command center integration