BIM for FM: Three major US projects detailed

Credit: Ohio State University
Credit: Ohio State University

The Building Information Modelling prowess demonstrated by a trio of US clients in relation to facilities management have been celebrated in a new online article.

Architect Magazine has assessed the benefits BIM has provided for Ohio State University, Carolinas HealthCare System and Meijer, all of which have “streamline[d] their workflows [to] leverage tight integration with asset- and space-management software.”

The piece champions Ohio State University’s modelling of over half of its entire campus, a move which was an inspired decision after the university simply only wished to modernise building documentation. The educational establishment quickly realised that there was immense power in the data they had collected, and that the models would inevitably help them with future additions to the campus.

Architecture and engineering students are in the process of field-verifying and modelling all existing buildings, quashing costs even further. The win/win situation allows the university to have a database of knowledge at their exposal to manage the facility whilst students are gaining valuable experience relevant to roles they will be obtaining in the industry.

Carolinas HealthCare System, a nonprofit hospital network who manage over 17 million sq ft of medical centers across 900 bases in both North and South Carolina. After shaving four months from a hospital build in 2009, the group saw the potential that BIM could also have for the management of their portfolio.

In 2012, the network ensured all new-build projects of theirs required Revit utilisation, with contractors delivering a BIM Execution Plan. Carolinas also have their own set of BIM standards to ensure that those carrying out work for them are achieving the highest quality.

To read more on these and Meijer’s BIM success stories, follow this link.

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