Getting complete, reliable data for Healthcare FM
At ASHE, I had the privilege of moderating the panel discussion “How to Get Complete, Reliable FM Data from Design and Construction.” The panel featured industry experts Tim Luke, CEO, Basepin; Bruce Mace, Facilities Director, UCSF Medical Center; George McFerron, Manager of Facilities Operations, Arkansas Children’s Hospital NW; and Mark Mergenschroer, BIM Application Specialist, Bernhard TME. We had a great turnout of healthcare FM professionals – around 150-200 attendees. We were excited to discuss industry issues with BIM data, share examples of what happens when BIM data projects go right, and how we got there.
I began the discussion with a quick poll of the audience. I asked how many attendees had ever received their building data prior to day 1. One person raised their hand. I kept asking the same question for different time increments – how many received their data within 1 to 6 months? A few more hands. Six to 12? Only a few more. Ultimately, it was clear that the overwhelming majority of the audience received their building data 12 months or more after handover! Right now, getting the information needed for healthcare FM takes far too long.
During the presentation, George shared the airplane analogy with the audience as he discussed BIM data deliverables and handover. His point: if you haven’t fully implemented your FM software before handover, you could be missing critical maintenance activities, creating accreditation issues, and potentially even putting patients at risk.