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BIM for Facilities Management

15/06/2020

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In a previous article, we explained what what is BIMBuilding Information Modelling — consisted of. Today we are going to talk about why you should be implementing BIM if you are in the Facilities Management industry and we will answer the following question: what advantages does BIM offer for Facilities Management? Keep reading and find out how BIM for Facilities Management can help you to #ONEUPYOURBUSINESS.

WHAT ADVANTAGES DOES BIM OFFER FOR FACILITIES MANAGEMENT?

Building Information Modelling, BIM for summary, is a mandatory tool in the United Kingdom for any public projects, because it improves collaboration and efficiency, significantly reducing project costs. If you want to know more about BIM within the UK, please visit the UK BIM Framework’s website, which is an excellent and invaluable repository of all resources and regulations. If you live in another country, please refer to the relevant organisation.

For the last few years BIM has become a trending topic in industry conversations but it is often misunderstood, with smaller companies thinking that BIM should only be used in big and complex projects, when in reality the advantages become apparent in projects of any size.

Another is also the misconception that BIM is only suitable for the early stages of the building’s lifecycle, but BIM is crucial for the continuous maintenance of the assets in your property portfolio.

Despite these common and unfounded misconceptions, there are numerous advantages of BIM for Facilities Management:

  • Better use of space: BIM gives you the ability to understand how your clients and tenants make use of their space, letting you adjust your assets to improve occupancy
  • More efficient maintenance: BIM will help you to prepopulate your maintenance programs with all the relevant information of products used in your asset, therefore making your process much more streamlined
  • Reduced energy consumption: BIM will let you compare and analyse different energy supplies, providing you with the oversight of which one is the most efficient and cheaper for your asset
  • Improved asset management: with 5D BIM, you are capable of analysing the costs and timescale of the project, which will give you a better understanding of how the choice of different materials will impact the long-term maintenance of your assets. By using BIM you can analyse whether or using a heavier duty floor tile that costs more would save you money by not having to replace it more often than a cheaper floor tile
  • More involvement of Facilities Management: traditionally, Facility Management companies have never been involved in the early stages of the project, but BIM gives the ability for them to be active parties from the start, helping to design a more efficient building that is cheaper to maintain and will reduce costs over its lifetime

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