ASTM E2166 - 12

    Standard Practice for Organizing and Managing Building Data

    Active Standard ASTM E2166 | Developed by Subcommittee: E06.81

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.12


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    Significance and Use

    Use this practice to organize information that describes new or existing buildings of any size. The concepts presented here can also be applied to other categories of construction where a standard corresponding to UNIFORMAT II does not yet exist.

    The hierarchical structure of UNIFORMAT II enables the user to focus on building elements in functionally consistent groups. It can be applied by an administrator initiating a data system as a facility standard, as well as a consultant reporting on building conditions.

    A consistent method of arrangement for subject matter expedites the preparation and use of source documents, and simplifies the process of comparing information from several sources.

    This practice is suitable for arranging the content of individual reports, managing physical files, as well as automated data applications. Personal computers operating commercially available software are able to meet the functional requirements of this practice.

    This practice provides a consistent and comprehensive outline suitable to track the evolution of specific building conditions in one or many buildings. It can be applied to historical building data as well as new information.

    Administration of this practice will reveal categories of building data that have been overlooked in prior data gathering efforts that did not rely on a systems approach. The comprehensive hierarchy of Systems and Elements, readily displays the amount and depth of information distributed among the categories and levels. The pattern of available information highlights voids among the categories. It is also possible to quickly focus on the quality and sufficiency of cataloged data to determine whether an appropriate level of detail exists to address the needs of decision-makers.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the organization of building information to support informed decision making. The kinds of data considered in this practice includes text, numeric, and graphic data. The system of organization is applicable to a wide range of data collection and organization tasks from routine in-depth analysis of a single building, to situations where many buildings must be evaluated and prioritized in a short time frame.

    1.2 The organizational structure is based on Classification for Building Elements and Related SiteworkUNIFORMAT II (Classification E1557), a system which groups building elements according to the way buildings are constructed and function.

    1.3 The use of UNIFORMAT II provides a set of recognized summary levels that are relevant throughout the industries that design, construct, and manage buildings.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E631 Terminology of Building Constructions

    E833 Terminology of Building Economics

    E917 Practice for Measuring Life-Cycle Costs of Buildings and Building Systems

    E1334 Practice for Rating the Serviceability of a Building or Building-Related Facility

    E1557 Classification for Building Elements and Related Sitework--UNIFORMAT II

    E1699 Practice for Performing Value Analysis (VA) of Buildings and Building Systems and Other Constructed Projects

    E1765 Practice for Applying Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) to Multiattribute Decision Analysis of Investments Related to Buildings and Building Systems

    E1836 Practice for Building Floor Area Measurements for Facility Management


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.010.01 (Construction industry in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E2166-12

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