Building information modeling (BIM) is used during the design and construction phases of a facility to speed up the process, and Woolpert’s architects and engineers have been using BIM successfully to provide better designs, which lead to better buildings. After the construction phase, though, BIM is often cast aside and forgotten. But it doesn’t have to be.
BIM contains a wealth of information about a facility that’s very valuable after construction has been completed, such as room/space information, equipment data and more. By using the information contained in the BIM for facility and asset management, owners can manage buildings more effectively over their lifecycle. But to do so, owners need to specify they want the BIM developed in a way that incorporates the data needed by owners, at the appropriate level of detail and in the correct formats.
The information that can be provided in BIM has many applications for facility management, including:
- Asset management
- Maintenance management
- Facility redesign
- Space and people management
- Emergency access information
- Compliance management
John Przybyla, senior vice president and thought leader at Woolpert, is a member of the national BIM standards project committee of the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Chair of the buildingSMARTalliance Project on BIM-GIS integration. He has also written articles in the Journal of Building Information Modeling that give a more in-depth look at the benefits to using BIM for facility management.
- The Next Frontier for BIM: Interoperability, Fall 2010
- Reducing Facility Management Costs through Integration of COBIE and LEED-EB, Spring 2009
Check them out and see how BIM can support your future facility management needs.