Gordian’s FCA Options: Engineering Assessments

For facility leaders, keeping track of all assets, including their current condition and functionality, and then communicating those needs in a way all stakeholders understand, can be a daunting task. To help them do gather all this data, leaders commission a facility condition assessment (FCA). All facilities have unique characteristics such as age, size, function or level of strategic importance that make the process of measuring and assessing conditions different for every project. Thus, conducting an FCA should not be a one-size-fits-all process. Different assessments should be used for different assets.

But how do you know what type of assessment you need? That depends on the level of detail you require and the time, budget and in-house expertise you have at your disposal.

Gordian offers several types of FCAs including Life Cycle Analysis, Core Systems Assessments, Detailed Assessments and Engineering Assessments. In this blog, we’ll dive into Engineering Assessments, what they include, how they’re performed and when you might need one. We’ll discuss the others in subsequent posts.

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When you need an Engineering Assessment

When you need a deep understanding of how your building systems are operating, you may need to conduct an Engineering Assessment. This is intensive, component-level assessment is ideal for informing strategic capital funding decisions.

Engineering Assessments are the most time and resource-intensive assessment type Gordian offers. That’s why they aren’t appropriate for every situation. There are a few questions you can ask yourself to find out if you need an assessment as detailed as this one:

  • Do my in-house resources need support developing a long-range capital plan?
  • Do I need to report capital needs in a consistent language and format?
  • Is an “engineer-assessed” report required?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, an Engineering Assessment might be appropriate for your organization.

Find out how conducting an FCA can help you make confident capital plans.

What you can do with an Engineering Assessment

An Engineering Assessment can help to support your in-house long-term capital planning efforts by producing valuable data on every critical component and system across the entire facilities portfolio. Leaders then use that data to decide how much money it will cost to keep their facilities running optimally both now and in the long-term.

How Gordian performs an Engineering Assessment

Engineering Assessments are conducted by experienced assessors, who will inspect entire facilities from top to bottom. From the boiler room to the roof, our experts document the entire facility and its various components. These specialists will also generate more detail than other assessments might require, like code compliance and accessibility. This can give your organization more perspective into how your facilities are performing on a functional level.

Learn how you can decide which level of detail is right for you by watching our on-demand webinar.

Better decisions through data

When you’ve got to have granular facilities data, there’s no better option than an Engineering Assessment. But to matter what type of Gordian assessment you need, your organization will benefit from having the insights, technology and expertise needed to successfully identify risks, generate strategy and communicate needs. By taking a strategic approach to conducting assessments, you can ensure that your organization is strategically prioritizing the right level of detail to make informed decisions about investments in your facilities portfolio.

About Gordian

Gordian is the leading provider of Building Intelligence™ Solutions, delivering unrivaled insights, robust technology and expert services to fuel customers’ success through all phases of the building lifecycle. Gordian created Job Order Contracting (JOC) and the industry-standard RSMeans Data. We empower organizations to optimize capital investments, improve project performance and minimize long-term operating expenses.