Innovations in Comfort, Efficiency, and Safety Solutions.
EMAIL INTERVIEW – Kerri Lee Sinclair and Ken Sinclair
Kerri Lee Sinclair, Vice President, O&M
Lee is currently Vice President, O&M Solutions for Aconex, the
leading online document management and web collaboration system that
uses the internet to manage information for projects of all sizes in
construction, engineering and infrastructure. Part of the
company’s leadership team, she has been responsible for acquisition
integration and currently heads up a new business unit formed through a
recent acquisition in July 2012.
Kerri Lee’s previous experience includes co-founding AgentArts, a patented, end-to-end personalization solution for entertainment content and service providers acquired by Fast (a Microsoft subsidiary) in 2008. Other professional experience includes working for a range of growth technology businesses including Telstra Wholesale, Intelematics, and LookSmart, as well as global management consultancy, McKinsey & Company.
This technology will change the industry. It won’t happen today, but it should provide a catalyst for both vendors and buyers to get really serious about the recommendations that are emerging around open standards.
AB: I saw the
Google Glass announcement, but I must
admit I hadn’t seen the connection to our readership, and then I saw
your A Heads-up
on Heads-up Displays
post where you saw great potential (with some delays).
AB: So why aren’t you investing in building us some Google Glasses?
KLS: Through my role at Aconex, I have done site tours of some of the newest and best-run facilities in the world. I have hundreds of photos of the rooms/areas/tunnels where operation and maintenance (O&M) information is currently stored – it is a lesson in chaos! I’m working on a major project now where the facilities staff can’t even find some of the structural engineering drawings and is paying thousands to have them replaced. In that sense, there isn’t much to view through the Google Glass(es) right now! They would be just a fashion accessory!
AB: Things are changing. What was great about the Haystack Connect event we just returned from was that it was organized by small, mid-sized and emerging companies, trying to get their heads around how attaching data models for self-discovery of their real time data could help them survive and bring value to an IT world.
KLS: Definitely, and
the point of my post was that this
technology will change the industry. It won’t happen today, but it
should provide a catalyst for both vendors and buyers to get really
serious about the recommendations that are emerging around open
standards. Until you have access to all of your building information
electronically – complete, current and compliant, with relevant asset
tagging, and in a form that you can use today – I don’t see the glasses
adding any magic to the reality.
also mention BIM in your post as a future trend – I think
most of my readers would say BIM is firmly here and part of their
attempts to gather all of the information you suggest.
KLS: BIM is definitely
here, and there’s
some amazing work being
done around the world. However, an owner is still required to manage
the process. I don’t see facility and operations managers owning the
BIM process at the moment – it is owned by the architect or the
contractor. Therefore, the information that will be captured and
prioritized may not be the information that facility and operations
managers want. We need to follow the advice for BIM that my product
strategy instructor gave me years ago – “design for the person who has
the real problem.” While BIM is moving quickly to deliver
operational efficiencies, many models are being used to solve the
design or the construction problem – not the asset lifecycle problem.
AB: An article from our
editor Jim Sinopoli in this month's issue agrees; "The larger picture and the utilization of
BIM should be an approach of a life-cycle asset management tool. Such a
tool is used in creating and acquiring data during design and
construction which is then delivered to facility management. It’s the
building operations that will be 85 to 95 percent of a building’s
From another interview this month Marc’s words speak to your points as well; "There needs to be a defined, machine readable methodology to be able to interpret the meaning of data so that applications can easily consume it without a lot of manual work."
All this fits well with our June theme;
“Data Models Alter Industry Dynamics” plus the goals of the Aconex
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