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The Role of a Facility Data Manager

If you think data is an asset, then you need a person to manage the asset.. During design and construction of a building, data will be generated. It is in the operations of the building that data not only will be generated, but, also consumed. Given that building operations and maintenance is the most expensive part of total life cycle costs, and the longest time duration within the building's life cycle, we need data management during every building phase: design, construction, and operations.

During design and construction, we typically have two to three people tasked with managing various data. One is the LEED consultant tasked with gathering energy and sustainability information for the building certification. Another is the BIM consultant organizing BIM models and data. The third is the architect who uses project management software to communicate and share data with the project team. After commissioning or occupancy of the new building, the roles of the BIM and LEED consultants, and possibly the architect, expire.

The facility manager tasked with data management would have a responsibility in implementing the data management system for the building along with the acquisition and management of the data from the initial building design through construction and facility management. Facility managers design, deploy, maintain, monitor and even enforce a comprehensive program for data management.

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