2016-01-27

BIM for FM Community Resources

Carrying on my sharing of resources from the AUGI Facility Management Community, this is by far the most popular page of topics I had the honor of assembling.


BIM and FM


There is a lot of talk about what professionals think Building Information Modeling can and cannot do in Facility Management (FM).
How about hearing it from the owners themselves? Post-occupancy costs over the life of facilities far exceed the cost of construction, but, building performance can be a big issue from day one.
Real Estate Managers overseeing office space might be able to get along just fine with AutoCAD files if they so choose, but, Facilities departments who care for complex systems like hospitals, research facilities, plants and others can use models to easily import needed equipment data into their Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) and space and other asset data into a Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) system, as well as use their BIM tool of choice to run simulations on (and across) buildings in order to troubleshoot performance issues and plan system upgrades which are separate from their typical renovations.
Only Owners can decide what they will use this data for, and their contracts can make their expecations clear. Discussions between the design team and the folks who will oversee the design data post-construction should be occuring from the start of the project, rather than ignoring the issue until closeout.
This document was posted by Robert Bell to the Revit MEP forum, as a good checklist for discussion between contractors.
This application has been retired/graduated from the Autodesk Labs site, but, please check out the documentation for the intended functionality and contact Autodesk to display your interest in this capability.
Archibus Overlay has long worked with AutoCAD, and you can purchase it for Revit, too, allowing for reporting and querying across multiple models.
This is more of a debate with mulitiple options than an iron-clad framework, but, the idea is worth reviewing.
The General Services Administration has been a forerunner in utilitzing BIM post-construction and thoroughly documenting their standards. Check out the links on the left of the page to access press releases, videos and the BIM Library.
AECbytes does a roundup of FM products that can make use of BIM (this is an older article, if there's a newer version, please let me know and I will update the link). A good read by Lachmi Khemlani, as usual.
Case study on the business case for building information modeling at Northumbria University’s city campus, presented at ECObuild 2013.
A link to a detailed methodology and a real world report of how one hospital stepped through the process.
This article says that most companies are doing a disservice with this question, when they should really be asking 'Who is the Owner?' A rundown of the stakeholders using the data and Revit models turned over to the facilities and engineering staff post-occupancy.
The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University’s BIM Implementation Project.
Discussion on how to work with clients on delivery and standards formation.
Discussion on some issues with working across a large multi-building campus.
Class handout and video link to an in-depth Revit class by Steve Stafford.

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