Application of the Preventive Maintenance Methodology to a group of public-owned apartment buildings
It begins with the inspection of a cluster of buildings containing about 100 dwellings and a first advance of results that would allow to take protective measures for occupants and bystanders in the case serious damages are detected. The data collected will be used to assess the general condition of the whole structure and make repair proposals on a case-by-case basis, which the management will subsequently entrust to the teams of its choice. The actual repairs will be followed up and the final state of the operation will be documented.
Maintenance of dynamic traffic management systems
A municipality is adopting dynamic traffic management systems and needs to integrate them into its maintenance protocols. For this purpose, ITeC has drawn up new items in this entity's construction database, so that it put contracts up to tender with the right prices and specifications for this kind of equipment.
Database for maintenance work in educational buildings
A public entity that manages maintenance and upgrade works in a series of schools uses its own price databases for budgeting, tendering and tracking the projects under its jurisdiction. These databases had adequate contents (they are specialized in the most frequent types of works in educational buildings) but they could benefit from some improvements to make them more operational: merging them into a single database, indexing it properly and filling some gaps, while at the same time adopting the methodology of ITeC’s own databases.
Customized configuration of the TCQi-MNT software and adaptation to the specific case of a public facility
A public body with different buildings under its responsibility has chosen ITeC’s TCQi-MNT application to manage and track remotely their maintenance, making sure that the data is accessible to all the relevant personnel, even the subcontractors that tend to change over time. As a preliminary step, it is necessary to feed the program with the building data and especially with those of the services and facilities, since they are the elements that require more maintenance. The client has delegated to ITeC these initial tasks of configuration and inventory, and as a result they will receive a system already adapted to their management methods, ready to operate.
Pilot test to renovate a public school building aimed to near zero energy consumption
Based on the results of a blower door test, the analysis will look for the best way to correct the building deficiencies of the school and reduce its energy demand according to Passivhaus criteria. The renovation also includes adding sensors in the school's electrical system that will provide data to evaluate the performance of the revamped facility, detect abnormal consumption and delve deeper into the consumption patterns of the building.
Evaluation of structural reinforcement systems
Procedure for evaluating a system to repair reinforced concrete pillars and walls with structural capacity deficits, covering them with a thin layer of a high strength mortar with added metal fibers. A program of tests and calculation has been defined on the basis of Spanish and European regulations, and it will allow a future certification of the solution.
In the case of buildings operated through a concession agreement where construction and maintenance work must be done throughout the contractual term, ITeC carries out replacement studies at the initiative either of the owner or the concessionaire. These studies include a verification of the inventory (correspondence between the elements described in the documentation and the reality of the building) and an identification of the elements that will reach the end of their lifespan, making sure that they are included in the replacement maintenance schedule and also documented accordingly in the concession contract.
Preliminary audit before drawing up a maintenance plan
The first step of any maintenance plan for a building or for an infrastructure is to audit what state of conservation it is in and whether it is being used and maintained in accordance with the current codes. But in certain circumstances, attention must also be paid to other aspects that may impact in the success of the plan: which documentation is available, what can be learnt from previous maintenance experiences and how the next contractor will be chosen.
Monitoring and optimization of maintenance plans
After drawing up a maintenance plan with ITeC’s TCQi MNT software, it is necessary to check whether the initial assumptions match the true behaviour of the building or the facility in question. ITeC keeps track of the data that the different players enter in the system and provides early warnings regarding deviations that may lead to reassessing the initial maintenance protocols in order to fine-tune them to the real conditions.
Alternatives for improving accessibility in an existing building
A group of apartment buildings is earmarked for a comprehensive renovation, which must include the addition of accessible elevators for people with mobility problems. This complicates the project, since it requires bigger elevator cabins and wider landings and corridors. ITeC has assessed different alternatives, looking for solutions that are compatible with the existing structure, and that can be executed causing minimum discomfort to the dwellers.