Barbour Product Search have released a new blog post detailing the benefits of BIM for facilities managers, stating that this “is not about technology, but rather process and collaboration” and the positives are “far reaching and should be embraced”.
The article reflects upon a recent report published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors that states that “it costs up to five times more to operate and maintain a building than to construct it”. If people are wanting to utilise BIM to cut costs during construction, surely they should want to implement the process for later stages of the project’s lifecycle too?
Being able to maximise energy efficiency is the main benefits that BPS believe facilities management professionals can gain from using BIM:
“With utility costs being the second largest line item on most institutional and commercial building balance sheets, energy savings is critical. BIM has the ability to not only assist with improving energy efficiency but some of its add-on solutions can also provide analysis for sustainability and code compliance.”
We here at BIMcrunch have championed the use of BIM for FM in recent weeks also. Last week, we published our Crunch Time interview BAM FM‘s Managing Director, Kath Fontana. She discussed a variety of topics – including how to get facilities managers involved earlier in the project process – and the interview can be accessed here.