Software to Determine Building Maintenance Necessities in Facility Management

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Available for Licensing
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Inventors

Deniz Bestiktepe

At A Glance

Researchers at Colorado State University have developed a systematic and structured multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) approach for building maintenance practices in a resource-constrained environment. The software includes: (1) a Condition Assessment tool for Facility Management based on Fuzzy Sets Theory, and (2) a Multi-Criteria Decision-Making tool for Building Maintenance practices based on Choosing by Advantages.

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Reference No.:  2021-092

Background

Building maintenance is a fundamental practice in facility management, which supports the longevity of a building.   Increasing costs of maintenance practices is a challenge for facility management professionals.  Given that, building maintenance decisions often comprise complex and conflicting criteria. 

The primary purpose of this innovation was to develop and rank a set of criteria needed for constructing a multi-criteria decision-making model for use in building maintenance processes.   The software has an exploratory aspect to establish the decision-making and condition assessment practices currently used in facility management. 

Benefits
  • Promotes the consideration of multiple criteria in building maintenance decision-making
  • Emphasizes the use of MCDM methods in building maintenance and FM decision-making problems
  • Reveals effective uses of facility management data in condition assessment processes
  • Framework includes multiple variables (as opposed to a single source of information provided by visual inspections)
  • Includes CMMS data, expert opinion, occupant feedback, and industry standards in condition assessment processes, which considers failure trends, cost, deterioration, human perspective, and maintenance practices
  • Framework minimizes subjective judgment with fuzzy sets theory providing a systematic and mathematical approach to linguistically ambiguous results
  • Practical decision-making framework that serves facility management professionals of various backgrounds
Applications

Two individual web-based applications:

  • Condition Assessment tool for Facility Management based on Fuzzy Sets Theory
  • Multi-Criteria Decision-Making tool for Building Maintenance practices based on Choosing by Advantages

Last updated: Oct 2021

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