BIM and Facility Management

Michael Schley (FM Systems), Sam Westbrook (Holder Construction), Gary Merrow (Home Depot)

Schley began by defining Facility Management as “The coordination of the physical workplace with the people and work of the organization” (slide 3). He then listed the areas of FM where BIM could be of benefit being: space management, maintenance and change management, energy analysis, building systems monitoring and life cycle management. Slides 5-9 laid out a ‘wiring diagram’ of a bi-directional flow of information in the ideal system, allowing access for all users. An example was given of the data mapping required for an air handling unit. He concluded by stating that considerable effort and investment was underway in research and development of FM systems that tie into BIM recommending that the initial targets remain simple and accommodate different models (slide 17).

Westbrook described the work being done by Holder in the FM field. They had noted that in the change from 2D to 3D the owners had benefitted very little in the turn-over process. They began to examine simple ways in which some benefit could accrue by, for example, hyper-linking equipment data into BIM. This led them to develop FIMS (Facility Integration Management System) which automates all commissioning data (slides 21 & 22) for maintenance and space planning. He then reviewed drivers for change for a fully automated and integrated BIM/FM system (slide 25-27).

Merrow began by stating that BIM (the model) was not BIM (the manual) which is what Facility Managers need. BIM (the model) is changing the way owners look at design and opens up opportunities for extracting better value, inviting the participation of FM specialists more actively in design. In addition the hand-over of data (drawings & manuals) must be digitized into an electronic owner’s manual, using COBIE as the framework. The requirements for linking the data from BIM to a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) are listed on slide 39.

A lively discussion followed evidencing that much work was in progress and that the automation of FM activities, once the essential data is transferred from BIM, was a very different problem from designing and constructing. Discussion also revolved around how to capture the necessary data from existing facilities.


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