CIBSE FM talk Level 3 BIM: “Get on board or get left behind”

BIM Model. Credit: Hoare Lea
BIM Model. Credit: Hoare Lea

The future of the United Kingdom‘s Building Information Modelling adoption – namely Digital Built Britain – has been discussed in a new article featured in a popular industry publication.

Level 3 BIM is the subject of a new feature in FM World magazine written by CIBSE FM‘s Geoff Prudence, and Geoff urges facilities managers “to get on board or get left behind”: “Level 3 marks the stage at which the FM industry has to move forward and take its place if BIM is to fully achieve its potential,” explains Prudence.

“The real opportunity comes through getting early involvement of operational/systems thinking into the design team and process. So it is the ‘model’ part of the building information model, in whatever format, that offers the most interest to FM – the repository of data from handover that can be developed and grown as a ‘one source of the truth’ reference across the lifetime of a building.”

“The FM aspect is clearly key. As David Philp recently said: “Altruistic whole-life cost and carbon solutions will be key drivers. With Level 2 there is limited functionality for delivery of operational data sets and integration of telemetry. Level 3 will address these in sector delivery and operational stages, with a focus on enabling total cost and carbon outputs.””

The report also cites comments made by various industry professionals including BAM FM‘s Kath Fontana and AECOM‘s Ant Wilson. The former believes that believe that achieving Level 2 has allowed BAM “to collaborate with partners and create a step change in operational performance. Once it’s fully embedded it will mean an end to poor quality asset data, something which has a long standing issue for clients and service providers alike”.

Wilson praised collaboration and said that we all need to work together to increase sustainability and bring carbon usage down: “The key is collaborative work; we’re all in it together, sharing responsibility for delivery.

“BIM will be key to driving sustainability and embedded carbon in the design process. Not everyone can be a winner, and we need to be honest about where the real savings are in practice.”

For more on this story, read the original FM World article here.

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