Question: How can FM help owners see BIM as more than just another expensive process cost?
Answer: Look for capital projects where BIM can supply immediate value by managing handover properly. At the same time, create a foundation for total lifecycle cost analysis which can deliver long term cost savings. As an FM, it’s important to always remember:
- Significant initial cost reductions typically are seen during the capital phase.
- BIM is a journey that continues throughout a project’s lifecycle.
- To be patient. Additional, often unforeseen, value can be realised during operations
Question: To what extent does a lack of skills deter FM’s ability to play its part?
Answer: Industry 4.0 is a result of technology that drives new data driven processes. This needs people who think data and want to innovate and disrupt the status quo. It’s also important to remember, that skill development is a consequence of a deliberate decision. If there is a lack of emphasis from senior management to be data driven, upskilling will not be a priority. For this to change FMs must,
- Seize the day! Change will not happen unless someone takes charge.
- Provide senior-level management with education on the opportunity to digitally transform FM, its benefits, and the need for funding to upskill workforce into new roles and implement digital systems.
Question: How can FM, as a sector and as individual practitioners, realize the full potential of BIM?
Answer: Opening their eyes to where other sectors have benefitted from digitalisation (manufacturing, banking, travel etc.). Planes and cars are far cheaper to build, operate, and maintain today than in the past. Transactions are not limited to defined points of sale any more. Federation and accessibility to information is driving collaborative workflows that has reduced cost, improved response times and quality of service. All of these can be realised in FM!