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.