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Lifecycle BIM and FM

Updated: Apr 23


The use of BIM in the operational phase of a building’s lifecycle, known as #Facility #Management, is of a major importance for building owners. BIM implementation in the lifecycle of a construction project integrates accurate data for building management and provides great business value in the operational phase. With BIM, we are now able to document and manage every little detail of the building and use model data to control the function of the systems. The fact that not only the building but also the systems are precisely documented, takes building management to the next level and provides significant benefits in terms of the financial management.





According to the study the “Business Value of BIM for owners”,(2014) by McGraw Hill Construction, 78% of UK owners state that #BIM has very high value in facilities management, while 5% of US owners regard it as having very high value.


The same study lists the benefits of facility management:

  • Complete and accurate data that are linked directly to graphics

  • BIM-FM software integration to eliminate double entry information

  • Ability to capture real time performance data

  • Reliable as built model for management

  • Scheduled maintenance integrated into the model

  • More accurate planning, scoping and budgeting for alterations

  • Robust, iterative space management


Additionally, there are some major #opportunities in Facility management:


Effective operational cost: BIM provides the tools to predict the cost of operating and maintaining facilities which improves their financial performance. The digital model serves as a basis for building management, while it updates constantly.


Decision making: The BIM model can be assigned to provide information and a database for analysis and evaluation. The FM models could be integrated with building system controls for monitoring building performance in real time.


Space management: The room and area calculations in the BIM model could be used as the foundation for efficient space management. Professionals can study and analyze the data of each space and achieve significant reductions in real estate expenses.


Efficient energy use: BIM models could be used to compare various alternatives in relation to efficient energy use. BIM is considered a great tool for building performance optimization that contributes to the reduction of environmental impact and operational costs.


Panagiotidou Nicoleta, BIM specialist for Breakwithanarchitect


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