Why is BIM becoming popular among Facility Managers?

Why is BIM becoming popular among Facility Managers?
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The Building Information Model is often just used during the planning and construction phase of any building but it can also aid the facility managers in properly maintaining the building. The goal of facility managers is to make the buildings more energy efficient, comfortable for its inhabitants and ensure that every function is working efficiently. By adopting BIM it becomes possible for them to achieve this goal with maximum satisfaction. BIM can be utilized to improve space management, to gain a better understanding of operational and maintenance costs, make timely retrofits etc.

How to construct BIM models for Facility Management?

A BIM model for Facility Management can be made in a variety of ways. In those buildings where a 3D model has been used right from the planning stage, it can then be modified to reflect the changes that have taken place during the onsite construction process. As-built BIM can then be used for facility management. In those older buildings, Scan to BIM Services can be used to create 3D intelligent models which reflect the as is status of the building and can be utilized for facility management.

In the current article we will be going into detail about the factors causing the adoption of BIM amongst Facility Managers.

BIM for Facility Management:

1. Better Environmental Impact:

The constantly rising temperatures and the ongoing climate crisis is one major area concerning the construction industry. Engineers and Architects have the challenge to find innovative solutions that would lead the buildings to have an environmentally positive impact. This means the buildings throughout their lifecycle must consume less energy. BIM for facility management instrumental in analyzing and comparing various green energy alternatives that would reduce environmental impact along with the operating cost. They can also constantly monitor the MEP systems like HVAC, heaters, lights etc. and check if they are consuming more energy and if there are better options available that could help optimize the building’s functions.

2. Streamlines maintenance:

Any changes that are made during any point of the building’s lifecycle are updated in the BIM model so no information is lost. It can also provide all the product and asset information required for preventive maintenance. It also allows to schedule regular updates and maintenance, and by automating these tasks no information is lost or mismanaged. Also, the BIM models can be connected to drones, VR and AR systems to check for any damage or regular monitoring of areas where even the remote access technicians have difficulty getting access to. This mitigates risks and improves safety of the cleaners and caretakers of the buildings.

3. It is Economical: 

BIM facility management can be used to save up on costs at various points. It can firstly use the room and area information from the BIM models to get the maximum utilization of space. It can reduce vacancy and achieve major reductions in the overall real estate expenses.  It also provides all the information that would be necessary to get time renovations and repairs done. Facility Management combined with MEP BIM Services can provide a data rich 3D model of the building which contains details about each MEP component like its location, asset number, serial number, manufacturers details etc. So whenever anything is not working properly all the details are easily available to get the repairs done in quick time.

Conclusion:

Thus, the building information model can be utilized in the maintenance of buildings and ensuring that their maximum operational capacity is utilized. By using BIM, facility manager can gain both economic and environmental value.


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