Building Informatics Group

BIM2FM: Closing the Construction-to-Operations Information Exchange Gap

Many design and construction teams deliver "As-built Record BIMs" to building owners at the end of construction. Most building owners, however, report that they are unable to use these models for facility management, operations, and maintenance.  
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If building information is so valuable for the building life cycle, why are so few "As-built Record BIMs" leveraged for facility management?
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Architects, engineers, and contractors are experts in design and construction, not facility management. Their mandate is to deliver the building on time and within budget. The imperatives of design and construction necessarily take priority over developing a detailed understanding of a building owner's post-construction building information needs. Building owners, for their part, are focused on facility management, not BIM. They rarely acquire the technical BIM proficiency of AEC professionals, which impedes their ability to express their post-construction building information requirements in the technical language of BIM.
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Forging the Missing Link
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Using COBie as an organizational framework, we work with building owners to create a detailed Facility Information Specification that enables building owners to articulate their FM building information requirements. Leveraging the building information models created for design and construction, we create FM BIMs that conform to the owner's facility information specification and are structured for direct data export or synchronization with the owner's CAFM, CMMS, or IWMS software systems.

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