Following the release of the results of the BIM4FM survey in early September, the BIM4FM group is currently preparing a guidance note for the Facilities Management industry to support and develop their understanding of building information modelling (BIM) and soft landings.
Geoff Prudence Chairman of BIM4FM said: "The BIM4FM group has been really encouraged by both the engagement and response to the survey work, which we feel provides a snapshot of current thinking about BIM and soft landings by the FM profession. We have been pleased to see that the results of the survey have also featured in a number of Linkedin and Twitter discussions as well as seminars by other parties including CAFM and construction-based organisations. We believe this highlights the importance of FM, the owner and occupier when implementing BIM."
Along with the release of the guidance note the BIM4FM group intends to link and engage in a number of industry and institutional BIM forums to input and develop the FM perspective. This will include the BIM session chaired by David Philp at Ecobuild in March 2014.
Prudence continues: “Although most now operating within the built environment are aware of BIM, there is still a varied level of understanding regarding its true potential and most importantly what it means for FM. Most believe that input into the design is important for FMs where appropriate, but I also believe that ‘FM and systems thinking’ is important into the BIM process as a whole.”
“Across the industry encouraging work is taking place around maintenance standards, life cycle costing and asset classification. With the ongoing maintenance perspective now being now more joined up, this should support the development of BIM rather than being driven from a purely design and construction position.”
The BIM4FM group hopes to release its guidance note in early 2014.