The Value of BIM for Higher Education

In Summary:

  • BIM is essential for the campus environment because of the sheer variety of different kinds of buildings and facilities.
  • Deliverable guidelines can be established to help fine tune completed and future projects.


Rich Peacock
Rich PeacockEnterprise Sales Director

Each year, Campus FM Technology Association (CFTA) brings together FM technology professionals to learn about the latest FM technologies and industry trends. This year’s conference focused on BIM for Higher Education and the theme was “The Year of the Deliverable.” I was pleased that so much of the content reinforced the need for technology that facilitates BIM execution plans and detailed delivery.

Invicara participated for the first time this year. I had the opportunity to network with industry leaders, attend fascinating sessions, and share information about Invicara’s innovations for campus facilities. It’s a great event – everyone was fully engaged in sharing information and learning how technology can increase data quality without compromising cost or timelines.

Technology presentations dominated the agenda, and after attending as many sessions as I could, it became clear that BIM is a hot topic for campus facility professionals. In addition, I connected with many folks at the Invicara booth and was impressed to find that so many in the industry are in the process of putting together their BIM standards to improve project delivery and handover. It validated the fact that BIM is important to the sustainability of building operations, and the value that BIM can bring is gaining traction.

BIM for Higher Education and Handover

So, why is BIM data so important in the campus environment? Industry professionals refer to campuses as little cities that include a variety of different buildings – administration, dorms, sports complexes, and more. What makes a campus environment unique is the number of different types of facilities, requiring the maintenance of an infrastructure similar to a city. Different building types require different BIM requirements to define what the Facility Management teams need to get out of a model for operations. BIM requirements can be configured, in a product such as BIM Assure, with rules and analyses that check progress and adherence throughout a project’s lifecycle to ensure that the model contains accurate and reliable data at handover, allowing the team to be Day 1 Ready.

…institutions are really starting to see the value of BIM for higher education – or, at least have a mandate.

Why Deliverable Guidelines are Critical for Success

A common thread that I heard from attendees was that they are in development, or in need of BIM Standards/Requirements. This means that institutions are really starting to see the value of BIM for higher education – or, at least have a mandate. But what I also heard is, “how do I apply and enforce them on future projects, and what about the projects I’ve already received models for?” Deliverable Guidelines can be used to establish rules and analyses in BIM Assure that the project team runs against the model at various milestones. This holds the team accountable for the information they are responsible for and is typically driven by the owner. The same rules and analyses can be run against previous models and updated accordingly through a user-friendly interface without the need to be a modeling expert. Invicara’s services can help establish and fine tune your guidelines and help apply them to completed and future projects.

Success Story

During the event a good friend of ours, Bruce Mace provided an educational session in regards to UCSF Health’s BIM integration with their Precision Cancer Medicine Building. Bruce is the Senior Director, Medical Center Facilities Management for USCF Health and he and his team utilized BIM Assure to ensure that the data from the models would easily interface with their CMMS solution at handover. The project was an overwhelming success.

Closing Thoughts

This year’s CFTA Conference was a huge success! I look forward to continuing the discussion about the importance of BIM data for a campus environment, and representing Invicara at next year’s event.

Interested in learning more about what you need for a BIM-FM strategy? Looking a way to check your FM data during design and construction? Register for our upcoming webinar on Thursday, August 30th 2018, where we’ll cover the BIM-FM journey.

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