In Tandem with Eptura: Enhanced building lifecycle management

The partnership between Autodesk and Eptura is redefining the facilities management landscape. Combining Autodesk’s expertise in design software with Eptura’s suite of workplace and facility technologies ushers in a new era of building lifecycle efficiency and innovation.

Initiated in 2021, this strategic alliance synergizes Building Information Modeling (BIM) with facility and workplace management, fostering a transition from construction to operations and enabling a connected building maintenance solution.

Simplifying the Transition: How Autodesk Tandem and Eptura Enhance BIM and Digital Twins for Facility Owners

Facility owners often grapple with the leap from construction completion to operational readiness with the handover process. And while Building Information Modeling (BIM) might not be widely recognized in the facility owner’s lexicon, its value in transitioning from construction to operation is worth understanding.

BIM is the holistic process of creating and managing information for a built asset. Based on an intelligent model and enabled by a cloud platform, BIM integrates structured, multi-disciplinary data to produce a digital representation of an asset across its lifecycle, from planning and design to construction and operations.

Recognizing that many owners and facility teams are not BIM experts, Autodesk Tandem and Eptura are simplifying this complexity. They are making intricate BIM data accessible in an intuitive solution that’s already commonly used by facility operators, easing owners into the operational phase.

Tandem leverages BIM data and presents this valuable information back to the facility owner and operator, within the context of an accurate virtual model creating a near real-time digital twin, bridging the handover gap whilst Eptura is utilizing the data from the twin to enhance operational workflows.

Hand in hand for a modern workspace

The Autodesk Tandem and Eptura integration connects BIM with facility management workflows, a powerful synergy that delivers meaningful results for operators. Together, the cloud-based solution streamlines the use of building design and engineering information, along with space and asset data, to facilitate more effective and efficient building operations and maintenance. It bridges gaps typically introduced between the design and operations phases of a building’s lifecycle.

There are four key advantages in creating this bi-directional, continuous data loop:

Improved operational efficiency:

Facility management can utilize digital twin data to gain insights into facility trends and monitor asset performance, helping to address potential issues proactively, thereby enabling operators to:

  • Improve operational cost efficiencies
  • Compress the impact of planned closures
  • Reduce the frequency of unplanned downtime

 2. Enhance occupant experiences:

Workplace leaders can combine the digital twin of a building with solutions to optimize how spaces are used and managed based on building occupancy and systems analytics. This is essential tooling to:

  • Modernize workplace environments, creating effective, purpose-built experiences
  • Improve security and safety for building occupants
  • Lift the occupant experience for every building user

3. Capital project management:

Real estate leaders can leverage the digital handover and use the asset and facility operations data to optimize capital project development, from planning and design through delivery and operations. This can:

  • Accelerate capital planning​
  • Improve forecast accuracy
  • Increase cost predictability
  • Reduce defects at handover

4. Optimize sustainability performance:

Building owners and corporate leaders can gain greater visibility into the carbon usage of facilities. Today, it’s critical to achieve new standards, lead energy reduction projects, and benchmark the results alongside regular building maintenance. The resulting impact enables leaders to:

  • Enhance energy efficiency
  • Reduce their carbon footprint
  • Minimize impact on the environment

Simply put, in connecting design, BIM, and operations, Autodesk Tandem and Eptura enable building operators to manage the lifecycle of their portfolios more effectively.

The future is integrated

Autodesk and Eptura are crafting a future marked by enhanced efficiency, improved planning, and a new standard in building environment interaction.

An upcoming integrated Eptura-Tandem interface, featuring an embedded Tandem viewer within Eptura, is set to transform asset management. It will shrink the time to configure and continuously update the building’s profile for regular building, facility, and asset maintenance. With unparalleled 3D views into the building’s infrastructure, technicians can more rapidly service buildings and assets while also contributing to the building’s data model.

This advancement marks a new era for building owners and operators seeking exemplary building lifecycle management and thoughtful financial management of their investment.

Watch this space to learn more about the Tandem and Eptura integration beta coming soon.

What is a digital twin and why is it so valuable?

A digital twin is a data-rich, interactive model which mirrors its built asset, both in appearance and substance. Its value comes from the way it centralizes and contextualizes data for the building’s lifecycle. These comprehensive virtual replicas connect real-life assets with their IT/OT data, giving users both holistic and granular visibility of the information that matters most to them.

Rely on a dynamic, data-rich digital replica

Digital twin technology connects siloed smart building data and structures it—minimizing the noise and maximizing its value. It provides contextual awareness by accurately placing this information in a virtual model of your physical building. Users can explore this digital replica and analyze both live and historic data—tracking the facility’s performance, monitoring maintenance requirements, and resolving operational issues.

Learn how digital twins mature over time

According to the Verdantix maturity model, there are five stages of digital twin evolution. Essentially, the more mature the twin is, the more valuable it becomes.

This goes beyond housing the building’s information, it connects to IOT and sensor data giving you complete visibility of how your assets, spaces, and systems are operating together.

A digital twin can use its historical data to run analytics and predict trends—enabling the operator to take a more proactive approach, preempting issues before they arise.

As the digital twin continues to evolve, real-time simulation for future “what-if” scenarios become possible. At this stage, the insights gained are truly invaluable for the efficient running of a facility.

The ultimate business value comes at this final stage of maturity. The twin will have the data and processes established to automatically take action based on the insights it delivers.

“Providing a cloud-based, centralized hub for key project information, Tandem advances Burns & McDonnell’s engineering and construction handover process by giving owners rich and accessible data for next-level building operations.”


of corporates surveyed are evaluating or trialling occupancy sensors

Verdantix Global Corporate Survey 2022


of real estate managers rank “improving the health and wellbeing of building occupants” as their top priority.

Verdantix Global Corporate Survey, 2022