Got BIM?

February 22, 2017

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Building Information Modeling (BIM) is quickly becoming the norm for constructing buildings. But is it something you need for your existing facility?

According to the National BIM Standard-United States, BIM β€œis a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.”

For new buildings, a BIM is essential, aiding in the exchange of information, and making it easier for all the stakeholders to collaborate during the design and construction processes.

But a BIM is also vital for existing facilities. It can ensure a building performs as efficiently as possible by monitoring its energy performance and comparing it to other possible configurations. You can use this data to create automated maintenance schedules. It can provide a complete picture to contractors and engineers, so they know exactly what they are dealing with for maintenance or renovation.

Your BIM will have all machine model numbers and manufacturer details to make ordering new parts faster and easier. If you need new equipment, your BIM will ensure you order the right product from the outset. In healthcare, it can provide critical information for reimbursements from federal agencies.

What you need to create a functional BIM for your facility
CAD drawings can be used as the basis for the model. For older buildings that only have blueprints, you can use 3D laser scanners to collect spatial data.

For more information, visit the National BIM Standard-US website or read β€œGetting to a Facility Management BIM” by Duane Gleason.

Once you have a BIM in place, the facilities manager needs to be its guardian, keeping it up to date, and providing data on how the facility and its systems run in a variety of conditions. After all, a BIM is only useful if it represents the current state of your facility.

Developing and maintaining a BIM for your facility will require time and commitment. But the rewards in terms of the life costs for your facility can be significant. Contact Vanguard Resources for help in creating a BIM for your facility.