BIM and FM

There is a lot of talk about what professionals think Building Information Modeling can and cannot do in Facility Management (FM).

How about hearing it from the owners themselves? Post-occupancy costs over the life of facilities far exceed the cost of construction, but, building performance can be a big issue from day one.

Real Estate Managers overseeing office space might be able to get along just fine with AutoCAD files if they so choose, but, Facilities departments who care for complex systems like hospitals, research facilities, plants and others can use models to easily import needed equipment data into their Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) and space and other asset data into a Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) system, as well as use their BIM tool of choice to run simulations on (and across) buildings in order to troubleshoot performance issues and plan system upgrades which are separate from their typical renovations.

Only Owners can decide what they will use this data for, and their contracts can make their expecations clear. Discussions between the design team and the folks who will oversee the design data post-construction should be occuring from the start of the project, rather than ignoring the issue until closeout.


BIM Kickoff Meeting FAQ

This document was posted by Robert Bell to the Revit MEP forum, as a good checklist for discussion between contractors.

Revit Maximo Integration Plugin

This application has been retired/graduated from the Autodesk Labs site, but, please check out the documentation for the intended functionality and contact Autodesk to display your interest in this capability.

Revit Archibus Overlay

Archibus Overlay has long worked with AutoCAD, and you can purchase it for Revit, too, allowing for reporting and querying across multiple models.

Linking Data Spreadsheet to Navisworks for Facility Management

This is more of a debate with mulitiple options than an iron-clad framework, but, the idea is worth reviewing.

The GSA on BIM for FM

The General Services Administration has been a forerunner in utilitzing BIM post-construction and thoroughly documenting their standards. Check out the links on the left of the page to access press releases, videos and the BIM Library.

AECbytes: BIM for Facilities Management

AECbytes does a roundup of FM products that can make use of BIM (this is an older article, if there's a newer version, please let me know and I will update the link). A good read by Lachmi Khemlani, as usual.

BIM for FM on a University Campus

Case study on the business case for building information modeling at Northumbria University’s city campus, presented at ECObuild 2013.

How to Approach BIM for Renovations

A link to a detailed methodology and a real world report of how one hospital stepped through the process.

What does an Owner Want with BIM?

This article says that most companies are doing a disservice with this question, when they should really be asking 'Who is the Owner?' A rundown of the stakeholders using the data and Revit models turned over to the facilities and engineering staff post-occupancy.

Moving from AutoCAD to BIM for Building Floor Plans

The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University’s BIM Implementation Project.

Setup with Clients and Owners

Discussion on how to work with clients on delivery and standards formation.

Circular Linking of Models and Campus Buildings

Discussion on some issues with working across a large multi-building campus.

Coordinating Projects Using Shared Coordinates

Class handout and video link to an in-depth Revit class by Steve Stafford.

Revit Standards: Getting Started Guides

BIM Standards and Guidelines

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