Is BIM is the “Holy Grail” for Facilities Managers?

Credit: Arc Document Solutions
Credit: Arc Document Solutions

A new article relating to Facilities Management has looked at the “lack of recognition” Building Information Modelling receives “in helping facilities managers maximise efficiency”.

Relating to Australia in particular, Ashak Nathwani, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Services, Sustainability and Facilities Management at the University of Sydney, provides comment on the subject to Facility Management Magazine.

The post addresses how although BIM “continues to revolutionise the design and construction industries”, either facilities managers don’t understand how BIM can make a positive impact on their role, or project partners working with facilities managers cannot see how important it is to have FMs involved as early within a project lifecycle as possible.

“BIM technology [provides] an opportunity for a facilities manager to offer valuable insight from an operational perspective before construction has even begun, resulting in a more integrated and holistic product,” explains the article.

Nathwani believes that BIM is an enabler, creating “a key opportunity” to make the job of a FM easier, whilst also cutting costs in all areas of a project. “A key opportunity for facilities managers to make their job easier is to interface the BIM program with the Facility Management Systems,” stated Nathwani. “The result is a wealth of technical data on every intricate detail of the building and how it operates in a quick and accessible way.

“For something as simple as needing to replace a fan, with BIM and FM software properly linked, facilities managers can have the exact specifications and manufacturer at their fingertips and efficiently effect change.

“By empowering facilities managers with a detailed understanding of how to best control a building’s operating systems, they can achieve greater sustainability in terms of energy and water efficiencies and indoor environment quality by optimising each system.

“When all of these factors are properly integrated the result is a high-performance building that operates at optimum efficiency and cost-effectiveness – the facilities manager’s Holy Grail.”

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