Lifecycle BIM and Facility Management
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a way of designing, constructing and maintaining a building using one single and coherent computer model, instead of a fragmented set of tools and processes. When manufacturer-specific BIM objects are used in a BIM model, the benefits are multiple - not only during planning and construction, but through the whole lifecycle of a project.
BIM is not only transforming the way we design, plan and build, but also the way a building can be maintained once it is finished. The benefits of BIM in the operational phase of a building’s lifecycle are rapidly becoming apparent to the industry, where owners are constantly on the look for new ways to reduce costs and improve facility management. There are a number of ways that BIM technology has turned out to be an invaluable resource for facility managers. Lifecycle BIM makes important building information accessible to all stakeholders involved, thereby significantly reducing time and money spent on the operational aspects of a project.
5 benefits of BIM in Facility Management
Better use of space
The BIM model allows facility managers to understand exactly how all the space in a property is being used. Optimised space management is an effective way of reducing expenses.
With access to the detailed information found in the BIM model, maintenance programs are more easily created and implemented. The product information stored in BIM models that are populated with real, manufacturer-specific BIM objects, can save facility managers months of work creating accurately populated maintenance systems.
The BIM model allows for a better analysis of crowd behaviour, and for security measures and things like fire and evacuation modeling capability to be predicted and planned for in a more accurate way. Elaborate BIM models, featuring manufacturer-specific BIM objects, thus make it easier to optimise designs for public safety.
A better energy analysis
The detailed environmental data and energy data that can be found in a BIM model, enables facility managers to analyse costs and potential savings in an unprecedented way. Using BIM technology, owners are able to optimise the performance of a building all through its lifecycle - all the way to and through demolition.
Savings in retrofits and renovations
The BIM model provides information about existing conditions, thereby reducing the cost, effort and complexity of alterings, renovations and retrofits. By providing accurate and reliable information to contractors, the BIM model also prevents and reduces change orders.
Improved lifecycle management
In a BIM model, things like data on life expectancy and replacement costs can be included. This helps owners make informed purchase decisions, and understand where their money is best spent. Sometimes products that appear expensive, are actually the cheapest choice in the long run. With a BIM model, a proper lifecycle cost analysis can be made.