What's this? Well, I guess I've got my head in the sand, as usual. I don't use any Bentley drawing programs (I'm sure you don't count Bentley Viewer? At last count, we've got about 40 pc's across the campus sporting that one), so I hope I can be excused.
It looks like, just like Autodesk's FMDesktop, they've got different modules geared toward specific tasks.
- Bentley Facilities
BIM for operational management of space and assets
- Bentley Facilities Inquirer
Full access to facilities data via a Web browser
- Bentley Facilities Manager
Author and maintain facilities-related information in a non-graphical (Windows) environment
- Bentley Facilities Planner
Track corporate assets from deployment to decommissioning
- Bentley Facilities Reports
Create and run Microsoft Access 2000 formatted reports against Bentley Facilities data sources
- Bentley I/RAS B
Conversion, revision and restoration for legacy drawings and records
- Bentley View (already have this one, obviously! A free tool, because budgets are tight!)
A CAD file viewing application that can open, view, and print DGN, DWG and DXF file formats
- CEI Toolset
Electronic Field Book for Stakeout and Inspection
Now, I do see that they have BIM systems design programs, I just haven't yet come across anything telling me that those two programs can work together seamlessly. *Perhaps* this module, Facilities Inquirer can work with the data/model, but, I'm not quite clear from what I've read.
Perhaps this whitepaper from FM Innovations will prove interesting reading to some...
Topics include: What is BIM? Will BIM replace CAFM? What can the model provide? What role will BIM play? Can BIM be applied to existing buildings?
Since the April 3, 2003 “Great Debate” between Autodesk and Bentley on the topic of Building Information Modeling (BIM), there have been many articles, white papers and responses on this topic. None of them however, including responses by the big 3 – Autodesk, Bentley or Graphisoft – seemed to discuss in any detail what the long term affects of BIM will be.
One key to all this is that the premise behind BIM is that it is a database housing both tabular and graphical information.
Conclusion: Building Information Modeling, or some evolved form of it, is the wave of the future.
Creating a BIM will never replace the “human factor” in designing, constructing and maintaining a building. The creativity of a design, the craftsmanship of the construction, and the fundamentals of maintenance have to exist. But the tools used to fuel these skills will make the process more efficient.
Hmm. Interesting enough. This paper covered the topics which facility managers should be contemplating, but, it was really long on speculation and short on definites... but, that's the point we're at today. I look forward to Autodesk's developments, of course. ?Ensuring that FMDesktop is compatible with Revit and ADT (~cough~Revit Systems and ABS~cough~I hope)?
I do realize that so much of what I am looking forward to is going to depend on human factors... support for the programs, budgeting, adoption, training, data gathering, data input, constant updates... but! that will be a challenge no matter what method... even if we continue to photocopy blueprints and not insist on accurate as-builts coming to us when a project is complete.
There are many unique challenges to our position, and I can't help but think that there MUST be more efficient ways to go about how we're doing things.