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Impact of Incompatible Software on HVAC and Sheet Metal Contractors

Impact of Incompatible Software on HVAC and Sheet Metal Contractors


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The research objective of this study was to identify the impact of incompatible software on the HVAC and sheet metal industry and to investigate recent interoperability initiatives within the architecture, engineering, and construction and facility management industries.

The study:

  • Documents the processes involved in the execution of a typical HVAC and sheet metal project and provides a generalized process map.
  • Identifies initiatives in the field of interoperability and Building Information Modeling (BIM) to eradicate the ills of incompatible software.
  • Reports extensively on the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI) Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) with the HVAC domain being the subject of special interest for the study.

A detailed explanation of the IFC schema for the HVAC domain is presented in this report.

A recent report commissioned by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) states that waste and inefficiencies engendered by incompatible software applications in the construction industry costs that industry $15.8 billion annually. This report includes estimates of the waste attributable to HVAC and sheet metal industry stemming from the absence of interoperability in software applications. The study also offers several recommendations to the industry as the advent of open systems takes hold.

Published: 2007
Size: 46 pages