Facility Management Benefits From BIM

March 30, 2010

Gone are the days of dusting off documents or sifting through file cabinets to access building operations data. With the rise of digital documentation in the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry, owners and operators now have electronic records of vital information such as exact room dimensions. 

Today, BIM (building information modeling) is taking construction technology to the next level, and its effects are far-reaching. Beyond BIM’s ability to revolutionize the concept, design, and construction phases of a project, it can also play an unprecedented role in the operational functions of facility management. 

Owners can benefit from BIM post-construction by using 3D (three dimensional) drawings to visualize a space, review layout changes, and approve remodels or redesigns. BIM also opens the door for analyzing operations data such as energy use, allocating and managing assets, and facilitating maintenance. 

In an effort to help companies capitalize on BIM’s advantages, Applied Software, www.asti.com, Atlanta, Ga., has teamed with FM: Systems, www.fmsystems.com, Raleigh, N.C., to provide full lifecycle building solutions for owners and operators.

“Building information modeling continues to gain momentum with architects, engineers, and general contractors,” says Richard Burroughs, president, Applied Software. “As owners realize the value of full lifecycle BIM, widespread adoption is certain. FM: Systems will help owners realize increased benefits far beyond design and construction.”

FM: Systems says its Web-based software connects “people, place, and process,” and provides a link between the design and construction community and operations. Through its partnership with Applied Software—a BIM solutions provider—the company hopes to streamline facility management by linking 3D building data to its use and function.

FM: Systems is also a member of the Autodesk Developer Network, www.usa.autodesk.com, San Rafael, Calif. FM: Systems aims to bring the benefits of BIM to the operations phases of a building’s lifecycle while Autodesk provides BIM services and software for manufacturing, building, and construction. Both companies work together to integrate BIM data from Autodesk software products with FM: Systems’ facilities software to support operation and maintenance.