Utilizing BIM for Data Center Design
Lecture    MP6628
Aryn Bergman
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Many of the major design and construction firms already rely on Building Information Modeling (BIM) for data center designs in order to take advantage of 3D clash detection and the production of coordinated construction documents. However, most don't realize that those functionalities are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the usefulness of BIM models. This class will give an overview of how to utilize BIM to expedite and enhance the workflows that include computation fluid dynamic (CFD) modeling with both Simulation CFD software and 6SigmaRoom software from Future Facilities for troubleshooting and optimizing airflows; electrical-system power calculations with the suite of tools from SKM Systems Analysis, Inc.; energy analysis, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-compliance modeling, and load calculations using eQuest software or Trane's Trace700 software; and generation of automated bills of materials using Excel spreadsheets.

Key Learnings

  • Learn how to generate building geometry appropriate for CFD and energy models
  • Learn how to export building geometry through gbXML, ACIS, and .STL formats
  • Discuss the shared parameters that are required for each of the workflows
  • Learn how to link your BIM models to spreadsheets to semi-automate the transfer of data from your BIM models


Aryn Bergman
Aryn Bergman is a mechanical engineer in the Mission Critical department at URS Corporation. He focuses on designing high-performance buildings, specifically data centers utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and energy modeling. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in mechanical engineering and has been in the building industry for nearly 10 years. Prior to joining URS, he worked at a variety of companies, including Facebook, Inc.; Autodesk, Inc.; and Glumac. While not working, Aryn likes to volunteer in rebuilding efforts in developing areas such as Haiti and South Sudan. He's also passionate about mountain biking, snowboarding, and Krav Maga, and he is in the process of learning how to sail. His areas of expertise include data centers, BIM, energy modeling, CFD, HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) design, and retro commissioning.

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