Building information modelling has evolved!
BIM is being increasingly used for building and construction projects due to the high business value it offers. It has gained huge popularity and acceptance across the AEC industry and is used for management of several large scale construction projects across the world.
The acceptance of BIM in building and construction projects was not smooth and easy; there were lot of apprehensions across the industry. However, with proven benefits, BIM is here to stay.
So what does this mean to FM?
Utilising this BIM data for FM gives us the ability to continue the evolvement and vision of the facilities purpose, be that financial gain to the investor, or functionality to its inhabitants. Data is, and always has been the key. BIM certainly unlocks this door to enable us as FMs to manage the lifecycle of a building, estate or even a city. Access, manipulation and coordination of all the BIM data allows us to manage the facility effectively and efficiently.
BIM is an evolved process that allows for the creation and management of buildings "physical and functional" encapsulating the design, construction and lifecycle of that building.