Does your strategy guide how you allocate resources? Can every employee articulate your strategy and are they empowered to execute on it? At GPS, we see strategy as much more than a plan. We work with companies to develop strategies that deliver results. Our bottom line…
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For more than 14 years, GPS’ superior capabilities have helped thousands of clients in every industry develop and deliver winning strategies. We see things that others miss, offering you more creative solutions that combine our deep geographic experience, intimate sector knowledge and clear insights into how to create value in your business. We work collaboratively, build lasting capabilities into your team and help your organization mobilize for change. We define our success by your results. We care deeply about our clients. We enjoy our work―and we have fun doing it.
GPS operates at the intersection of business and technology. Because technology is transforming every organization, you need technology-enabled strategy & management to take advantage of the opportunities. Whether it’s business strategy, technology strategy, or operations strategy, we drive value, shape new businesses and design operating models for the future. That’s high performance, delivered.
By working with GPS, you will devise and move through a sound process – from Vision, to Planning, to Implementation – and will achieve strategic and effective results.
GPS’ technical, business planning and project management support helps our clients realize viable opportunities in energy from solar, electric vehicle car charging, batter back-up, emergency power generation, and wind sources.
Every business needs a plan, a strategy that defines your vision, your goals and how you are going to reach them. We work with small and large businesses, developers, and REITs to incorporate renewables into robust energy strategies to take your business to the next level. Don’t let business planning and strategy fall by the wayside; plan today and reap the benefits for years to come.
Our advice takes into account the diverse conditions of success for proposed projects, from securing investment to gaining local market acceptance. In turn, that real-world view channels our inventiveness – for instance, in solving dilemmas in electric vehicle charging installations with existing plant infrastructure.
GPS’ renewable energy specialists helps our clients to find better ways to achieve their goals in energy efficiency, carbon management, renewable energy and sustainability.
Protecting our environment is just one dimension of sustainability. GPS is also exploring how renewable technologies can help communities thrive economically and provide wider access to green power. GPS’ integrated service covers all technical, commercial, regulatory and environmental aspects of renewable projects. Every business needs a plan, a strategy that defines your vision, your goals and how you are going to reach them. Whether you are a new business owner, or already have a small business, a renewable energy and sustainability strategy can take your business to the next level.
Building information modeling (BIM) is a process supported by various tools, technologies and contracts involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. Building information models (BIMs) are computer files (often but not always in proprietary formats and containing proprietary data) which can be extracted, exchanged or networked to support decision-making regarding a built asset. BIM software is used by individuals, businesses and government agencies who plan, design, construct, operate and maintain buildings and diverse physical infrastructures, such as water, refuse, electricity, gas, communication utilities, roads, railways, bridges, ports and tunnels.
Usage throughout the project life-cycle … Use of BIM goes beyond the planning and design phase of the project, extending throughout the building life cycle. The supporting processes of building lifecycle management includes cost management, construction management, project management, facility operation and application in green building.
A ‘Common Data Environment’ (CDE) is defined in ISO 19650 as an: Agreed source of information for any given project or asset, for collecting, managing and disseminating each information container through a managed process.
A CDE workflow describes the processes to be used while a CDE solution can provide the underlying technologies. A CDE is used to share data across a project or asset lifecycle, supporting collaboration across a whole project team (the meaning overlaps with enterprise content management, ECM, but with a greater focus on BIM issues).
Building information models span the whole concept-to-occupation time-span. To ensure efficient management of information processes throughout this span, a BIM manager might be appointed. The BIM manager is retained by a design build team on the client’s behalf from the pre-design phase onwards to develop and to track the object-oriented BIM against predicted and measured performance objectives, supporting multi-disciplinary building information models that drive analysis, schedules, take-off and logistics. Companies are also now considering developing BIMs in various levels of detail, since depending on the application of BIM, more or less detail is needed, and there is varying modeling effort associated with generating building information models at different levels of detail.
Participants in the building process are constantly challenged to deliver successful projects despite tight budgets, limited manpower, accelerated schedules, and limited or conflicting information. The significant disciplines such as architectural, structural and MEP designs should be well-coordinated, as two things can’t take place at the same place and time. BIM additionally is able to aid in collision detection, identifying the exact location of discrepancies.
The BIM concept envisages virtual construction of a facility prior to its actual physical construction, in order to reduce uncertainty, improve safety, work out problems, and simulate and analyze potential impacts. Sub-contractors from every trade can input critical information into the model before beginning construction, with opportunities to pre-fabricate or pre-assemble some systems off-site. Waste can be minimised on-site and products delivered on a just-in-time basis rather than being stock-piled on-site.
Quantities and shared properties of materials can be extracted easily. Scopes of work can be isolated and defined. Systems, assemblies and sequences can be shown in a relative scale with the entire facility or group of facilities. BIM also prevents errors by enabling conflict or ‘clash detection’ whereby the computer model visually highlights to the team where parts of the building (e.g.:structural frame and building services pipes or ducts) may wrongly intersect.
BIM can bridge the information loss associated with handling a project from design team, to construction team and to building owner/operator, by allowing each group to add to and reference back to all information they acquire during their period of contribution to the BIM model. This can yield benefits to the facility owner or operator.
For example, a building owner may find evidence of a leak in his building. Rather than exploring the physical building, he may turn to the model and see that a water valve is located in the suspect location. He could also have in the model the specific valve size, manufacturer, part number, and any other information ever researched in the past, pending adequate computing power. Such problems were initially addressed by Leite and Akinci when developing a vulnerability representation of facility contents and threats for supporting the identification of vulnerabilities in building emergencies.
Dynamic information about the building, such as sensor measurements and control signals from the building systems, can also be incorporated within BIM software to support analysis of building operation and maintenance.
There have been attempts at creating information models for older, pre-existing facilities. Approaches include referencing key metrics such as the Facility Condition Index (FCI), or using 3D laser-scanning surveys and photogrammetry techniques (separately or in combination) or digitizing traditional building surveying methodologies by using mobile technology to capture accurate measurements and operation-related information about the asset that can be used as the basis for a model. Trying to model a building constructed in, say 1927, requires numerous assumptions about design standards, building codes, construction methods, materials, etc., and is, therefore, more complex than building a model during design.
One of the challenges to the proper maintenance and management of existing facilities is understanding how BIM can be utilized to support a holistic understanding and implementation of building management practices and “cost of ownership” principles that support the full product lifecycle of a building. An American National Standard entitled APPA 1000 – Total Cost of Ownership for Facilities Asset Management incorporates BIM to factor in a variety of critical requirements and costs over the life-cycle of the building, including but not limited to: replacement of energy, utility, and safety systems; continual maintenance of the building exterior and interior and replacement of materials; updates to design and functionality; and recapitalization costs.
BIM in green building, or “green BIM”, is a process that can help architecture, engineering and construction firms to improve sustainability in the built environment. It can allow architects and engineers to integrate and analyze environmental issues in their design over the life cycle of the asset.