As the technological systems in operation in buildings increase in complexity, building operators face liability risks and maintenance workloads that are growing in step.At the 2013 Expo Real, held in Munich from 7 to 9 October 2013,TÜV SÜD will present its standardised documentation system for controlling risks and costs in building services systems. Other focal topics at the company's stand (Hall C1, Stand 322) will include BREEAM DE certification and building carbon footprints.
Building operators, property managers and technical service providers must fulfil a host of maintenance and inspection duties in areas including lifts, fire safety and air-conditioning systems. "We have now developed a standardised documentation system with a Web-based IT tool for this purpose – TÜV SÜD Objektbrief TGA", says Dr Ulrich Klotz, Head of Real Estate Service & Infrastructure Division of TÜV SÜD. "TÜV SÜD Objektbrief TGA provides the means for clear and unique recording, identification and cataloguing of technical systems and assemblies." Based on existing structural engineering and VDMA (German Engineering Federation) standards, TÜV SÜD Objektbrief TGA was developed in the course of pilot projects with prestigious partners including project development company FRANKONIA Eurobau AG, Nettetal, facility management service provider Gegenbauer Holding SE & Co. KG, Berlin and industry association CAFM RING.
TÜV SÜD Objektbrief TGA – Interface between planning, execution and operation
"The structured recording of all information on existing buildings provides the basis for property service management and risk assessment, enabling efficient solutions that contribute to both quality assurance and value maintenance", says Klaus Aengenvoort, Head of the Technology Workgroup at CAFM RING.
TÜV SÜD Objektbrief TGA is provided as an open interface in CAFM-Connect and is based on an internationally recognised and widespread standard, enabling producers of CAFM systems and data capture tools as well as building operators to use the database in suitable software systems. CAFM-Connect is an initiative launched by industry association CAFM RING that aims to provide multi-vendor compatible building data software for computer-aided facility management applications. When recording building information in the CAFM-Connect format data can be imported and exported to and from the compatible software systems without any data loss.
TÜV SÜD supports companies in recording and structuring data, and carries out audits to check and confirm the availability of all relevant information concerning building systems and inspection duties. Building operators and FM service providers benefit from the transparent exchange and accessibility of permanently updated information. Dirk Otto, Regional Manager at Gegenbauer Facility Management, comments, "The system simplifies our task, as a technical service provider, of supplying data to the required high quality, and delivers impartial confirmation of that quality."
Reliable data are also critical if a due diligence is required as part of a transaction. Dr. Ulrich Klotz of TÜV SÜD: "TÜV SÜD Objektbrief TGA focuses our technical expertise and provides binding underlying data for building operations and property assessment."