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Benefits of Data Management

There would seem to be a very good case for bringing all the facility data into one unified database architecture and putting into practice standard methodologies and processes to manage the data. There are several benefits to this approach:

b Building data would be more widely available and sharable: Setting aside confidential data, more data would allow for additional analytics, possibe new correlations, metrics and insights into the building's performance.

b Building data would be more easily accessible: Have you ever looked for as-built drawings or equipment spec sheets, only to discover that they are not where they should be? Without a structured approach to data management you waste time internally because of the disorganization in the data and documents. Many times building operators will need to contact the original architects, engineers, or contractors for data, thus wasting time and money. What's needed is an orderly index as part of a larger data management system. A structured approach to indexing is vital as facility data grows, which is obviously very likely.

b A structured approach can improve the archiving, preservation and retention of data for the long-term: There's some data and information you'll want for the life cycle of the building and there are analytic opportunities in long-term data you'll want for comparison and trending.

b A comprehensive data management plan would improve the integrity of the data: Bad data is worthless data. You want accurate, reliable, consistent, and complete data. A structured approach initially validates the data, and then puts into place a process where the data can't be changed or destroyed without authorization.

b Streamlining data: There are roughly 6,500 languages spoken in the world today; for data management, you only want one language of standard naming conventions, formats, indexing, and data descriptors. This makes it easier to access and understand the data.

b Improving efficiency: We don't organize data for its own sake, but, do so in order to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of operating buildings. A structured approach can provide additional opportunities for greater correlation between data, improved data analytics, and the possibility of developing or identifying new building data metrics.

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