Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that equips architecture, engineering, and construction professionals with the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.

However whenever BIM is mentioned, most immediately think of it in terms of the construction process, as important as this is it is only the start of getting the most the value out of BIM. Of course, all of these techniques are crucial to delivering a high performing outcome.

But that’s not the end of BIM

We would argue that it this only the start and that the BIM approach has a great deal to offer in keeping the asset functioning at optimal performance: what we call BIM–FM. Given that the proportion of costs associated with the life of the asset is much greater than its original cost, we think that BIM-FM offers a major opportunity for EFM colleagues.

Using the data collected at the creation stage and making sure it’s used to maximum benefit is a technique used today by the accomplished FM professional. It’s important to say at this point that BIM–FM can and should be implemented even it the assets weren’t subject to BIM previously. Any form of record on the asset can be your starting point.

We are delighted that this approach has been taken up by one of the major FM and PFI suppliers who describe the BIM-FM process to us as the ability to “make a difference”. We are now discussing with them a full range of training to equip their customer facing teams with the skills to do just that – “make a difference” using BIM-FM.

We are using this experience to good effect and are preparing a training course for members who wish understand and deliver the key aspects of BIM –FM, these will include:

  • BIM Level 2 "Quick Capability Assessment and Business Value Assessment” tools
  • Evaluation of the client to meet the 8 pillars of level 2 BIM
  • A client workshop to capture their requirements and give them more detailed advice on what needs to be done, helping them create a clear action plan
  • We can even carry out a consultancy exercise to improve their performance through BIM.

Members will find there is a wide range of BIM “experts” willing to charge for their time and expertise. However, our view is that translating BIM to the FM world is best done by those who understand the sector and we at HFC have been providing FM support for nearly 20 years and hence feel confident in being able to diagnose and advise on what is likely to work best in this (and many other) fields.

If you would like more information about BIM training for yourself or your team, contact us via e-mail or phone 01327 227166.