BIM Life-cycle Data is CRITICAL to Facility Management Economics

  • BIM is not “rocket science”, but simply the life-cycle management of the built environment supported by digital technology.  Putting the 3D visualization distraction aside, savvy Owners have been practicing BIM for decades.  These Owners actually monitor the physical and functional conditions of their structures and match them against their organization needs and resources.  That is BIM.
  • What is needed is consistent, standardized terms, metrics, and cost information and life-cycle management business processes as well as collaborative construction delivery methods.
  • Owners, Contractors, AEs must all have matching agendas and compatible business processes. 
  • Roles, responsibilities, and deliverables must be spelled out.
  • Identify each project participant wants and needs.  This spans facility end users, facility management staff, contractors, AE’s … and assure requirements are practical, fair, and reasonable.
  • BIM is a process more than anything.  No one know everything and No software technology does everything… let alone everything well.  Don’t fall into the IWMS or EAS trap.  Get the right tools for each knowledge domain and the right experts who are willing to share information.  There is no silver bullet!!!   Strength, efficiency, and knowledge come from collaboration.   
  • Collaborative construction delivery methods such as Job  Order Contracting, JOC, and Integrated Project Delivery, IPD will do more for improving your FM and new construction project than any other time investment you can make.