Global BIM heavyweight Bouygues Construction have published a new article looking at the strengths of Building Information Modelling software after the construction of a project has been completed.
BIM isn’t just about bricks and mortar; BIM software can go to advanced 4D and 5D levels that evaluate factors of cost and time. For example, these factors can be applied to facilities management, looking how timely and costly building maintenance and repairs will be.
The Bouygues article firstly looks at the optimisation of real estate asset management by recovering BIM data, which the company describes as “perhaps BIM’s most important advantage”. The article reads: “This provides considerable future savings, for 75% of a project’s cost is generated by its operation throughout its life. For Wen Hu, Expertise and Development Manager at Bouygues Energies & Services FM France, there is no doubt: BIM is going to become the main FM tool, essential for managing contractual commitments, energy consumption, availability and sustainability of technical equipment.”
A second advantage of post-construction BIM usage detailed is the ability to easily anticipate future changes and developments to a project: “On average, tertiary buildings are only used up to 60% of their capacities, and a university just 20%. From the design outset, fittings and layouts must be imagined which will enable new usage to optimize use, but also the possibility of adapting to a new environment or new needs. Therefore, data centres must be scalable to take into account the needs for phasing investment and the evolution in power consumed by clients.”
Bouygues are at the forefront of BIM practices and have definitely provided an interesting read that clearly demonstrates the magnitude of help that BIM can provide to architects, construction workers and building owners. It appears they are at the front of putting BIM’s capabilities across in the simplest of fashions too!
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