This article was originally published in the March/April 2018 issue of FMJ by IFMA.
For more than a decade, facility professionals have heard they can use data from building information modeling (BIM) to support operations. Early case studies like Xavier University in BIM for Facility Managers by Paul Teicholz in 2013, have shown how streamlining building handover can save many hours and headaches for FMs who are planning maintenance and preparing a new building for occupancy. However, for most, the conversation about BIM has become very confusing as they see BIM as a “black box” with plenty of hype, added cost, and unclear value.
For anyone unfamiliar with BIM, think of it as a combination of tools and processes that create a detailed set of information about a facility. That information is tied together in a 3D model that is used to and building assets or spaces. BIM for FM promises to help launch and run a new building’s FM software quickly and cost-effectively. After handover, BIM can also support the existing FM software as a 3D “digital building manual” with easy access to information and documents.