Building information modeling (BIM) is considered as the part and parcel for efficient construction design. But we always neglect the fact that how we can utilize the BIM data in future to enhance the complete lifecycle of the building rather than construction.
So we should maintain good practice to preserve the post-construction model data. In order to get long-term benefits from BIM, the facilities management process should be improved to a great extent. Given below, some useful tips on virtual modeling that can enhance facilities management practice.
1. Superior space management: Facility professionals should have clear & concise ideas regarding usage of the space to condense vacancy and in due course get significant cutbacks in real estate expenses. Gather room and area information within a BIM models for superior space management. It will also help in collecting data and any reformation work.
2. Optimize maintenance: Put the product and asset information into the database for undertaking efficient maintenance programs as well as precautionary maintenance. Preserve this data within BIM models and downloading it into the facility management system to manage maintenance systems perfectly and at the same offer superior performance. BIM facilitates a maintenance engineer to obtain maintenance information by clicking on the object in the model. Besides, the maintenance engineer can know in advance if any maintenance is necessary by receiving an alert.
3. Superior Energy Utilization: BIM makes the maintenance procedure to maintain the equipment precisely to the best possible environmental conditions. The facilities professionals can get rid of the waste related to escalating operating costs for facilities which are functioning poorly.
4. Cost-effective retrofits and restorations: The cost and complication associated with renovation and retrofit projects is reduced to a great extent by acquiring better information concerning existing conditions. Besides, the valuable mistakes can be circumvented which are associated with alterations that don’t adhere to code requirements can be circumvented.
5. Enhanced lifecycle management: The owner can understand the advantages of spending money in materials and systems which may be expensive in initial stage but provide a good reimbursement over the lifecycle of the building. By gathering data from a BIM model, the depreciation of the assets can be estimated to fully make out financial and tax benefits.
Conclusion: With advancement of BIM technology, the design and construction firms should evaluate the full potentiality for the building’s lifecycle.
Skanska develops BIM protocol plan for George Washington University which will formulate the new standards and approaches in facilities management. It will be applied in future university design and construction contracts by addressing the elements like how the model is arranged and how that model is distributed amid architects and construction managers as well as how an incorporated model is delivered in future.
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