AUTODESK TANDEM: THE DIGITAL TWIN THAT BRINGS DATA TO THE FOREFRONT OF FACILITIES OPERATIONS
Autodesk Tandem helps owners make data-informed decisions to improve building performance, boost occupant comfort, enhance energy management, and reduce operational costs.
Autodesk Tandem can be used to track office occupancy trends and strategize to mitigate peak energy demand. Or adjust building systems to tune performance and optimize temperature, humidity, and employee comfort. Or spot anomalies ahead of equipment failures to minimize downtime and costs.
When Autodesk first released Tandem last year, owners gained immediate contextual access to their asset’s data and documentation at handover. Autodesk has since advanced Tandem to provide near real-time monitoring and historic trend visualizations. New facility monitoring capabilities now open insights into how systems come together and how a building performs.
Bringing building data to life
To achieve operational efficiency, owners have long recognized that good data is key. Design and construction data—housed in building information models or BIM—act as the foundation for visualizing physical assets in digital form. Owners can now make the most of those models by integrating cloud-enabled IT/OT systems that share data. By connecting the data, owners can layer on visualizations of current conditions, analyze historic trends or anomalies, and assess performance.
Tandem’s facility monitoring gives users access to preconfigured views of operations data in context. The responsive 3D models come to life with heat mapping capabilities so owners can begin to explore questions like:
- What course correction is needed to achieve sustainability goals?
- Which systems, equipment, and materials perform better than others across the portfolio?
- What future planning and design decisions will maximize ROI?
Autodesk has a long history of testing emerging technology with its own building designs and systems. For more than 15 years, Autodesk's Toronto office has served as a learning lab for these experiments. It’s equipped with smart-building technologies like IoT and building management systems, but most of the data is disconnected. Tandem is beginning to allow the company to consolidate the data, visualize trends, and analyze occupant comfort and general system performance.