BIM Influence on FM: Challenges and Benefits for Facility Managers

The BIM Engineers
05 May 2023

As the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) continues to grow in the construction industry, its potential impact on facility management (FM) is becoming increasingly relevant. BIM is a digital representation of a building's physical and functional characteristics, providing a data-rich environment that can significantly enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of FM processes. However, the challenges of adopting BIM for FM applications cannot be overlooked.

One study conducted at Northumbria University's city campus investigated the value of BIM in managing spaces and revealed that the use of BIM for FM can lead to workforce and process efficiencies, accuracy of records of geometric information, and implementation challenges and maintenance of models. BIM models can enable services such as room finding, fault reporting, and assessment of building performance, and reveal areas of buildings that do not line up when two-dimensional drawings and elevation scans are used, requiring new surveys to verify building layout.

Challenges of BIM in FM

Despite the potential benefits, there are several challenges that hinder the adoption of BIM for FM applications. One significant challenge is the lack of clear methodologies that demonstrate the tangible benefits of BIM in FM. Other challenges include the need for rigorous BIM specifications for modeling requirements, interoperability between BIM and FM technologies, limited knowledge of requirements for implementing BIM in FM, lack of open systems and standardized data libraries, disparate operational systems managing the same building, and the lack of clear roles, responsibilities, contract and liability framework, as well as a shortage of BIM skills in the FM industry. The BIM Engineers have a wealth of experience in BIM implementation and can provide you with customized solutions that meet your specific needs. They can help you identify the data requirements for BIM-enabled FM and ensure that your BIM models are accurately updated with as-built information. With their help, you can gain access to valuable data that can improve your work order execution, accessibility of FM data, and creation of bespoke plans, elevations, and visual renders.

Levels of information

Another critical aspect that should be considered is the importance of data requirements to support BIM-enabled FM. The information classified according to different levels (LOI) is a valuable database that requires the expertise of many different trades, particularly for all the MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) elements. However, some people tried to create their tables or obtained tables from other companies, but each table had its limits. Hence, there is a need for precision in the information provided and answering the necessary questions.

Exchanging information

The COBie exchange format exists for the transmission of non-geometric information, but stakeholders are still looking for a more efficient way to better fit the requirement of FM. It is crucial to know when, how, who, and where to share the information, and the importance of completing the information, including the data type and units, who should complete the information, and where the data should be stored. By outsourcing your BIM implementation challenge to The BIM engineers, you can avoid the pitfalls and challenges that come with implementing BIM in FM. The BIM engineers are equipped to handle the technical aspects of BIM implementation and can provide you with the training and support you need to effectively utilize BIM in your FM operations.

BIM can significantly improve the efficiency of FM processes, but there are still several challenges that must be overcome for it to be fully exploited. Facility managers must understand the potential benefits of BIM and the importance of data requirements to ensure effective implementation. While BIM-enabled FM requires significant effort to succeed, the potential rewards justify the investment. Don't let BIM implementation hold you back from optimizing your FM operations. Outsource your challenge to The BIM engineers and experience the benefits of BIM-enabled FM. Contact The BIM Engineers today to learn more about their services and how they can help you achieve your FM goals.