Facilities Managers are taking advantage of the opportunities of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to ensure that Facilities Management assumes its rightful place in the construction industry.
We have been working in BIM environments since the earliest days when the BIM principles of collaboration and data sharing were established.
Time to act
As of April 2016 all centrally funded public sector construction contracts are required to implement BIM at Level 2. In addition, there is a requirement to provide “clear and complete” Employer’s Information Requirements (EIRs) with all contracts.
BIM is becoming increasingly valuable and essential in ensuring that Facilities Managers receive accurate digital information into their management systems, enabling them to understand the physical, technical and functional characteristics of their buildings and estates faster than before.
Understand the building better
BIM is a strong collaborative bridge, between the pre and post build stages of buildings, across which will be passed all that an FM services provider needs to know about the assets.
Information flow through the building lifecycle
Graphical models, accompanied by non-graphical data have been passed along the value chain and arrive with the Facilities Manager to support and improve operational performance.
Effective preventive maintenance
As Facilities Managers become increasingly involved in information management and spend more time tracking, evaluating and planning than simply keeping the lights on, Excitech’s CAFM solutions are key in turning BIM data into actionable information.
We can help you gain foresight by looking at trends within building components, understanding how if one goes wrong does it imply a lifecycle issue with others of the same type? Before you despatch a team member along to fix it, you’ll know what its make is, model number, year of manufacture, warranty and so on.
Designers and contractors are using BIM to translate the benefits above into efficiency advantages: reducing waste and cost on-site and enabling clash detection. Data captured early on will help you manage your facility later, ensuring information is available quickly and historically tracked, to clearly outline what needs to be delivered on-site and when. Driving better outcomes is no longer about working harder, it’s about working smarter.
By offering feedback to design and construction teams, lessons can be learned for future projects, providing continuous improvements. You can start to influence the type of data that will be of most use in running your building or estate, driving better outcomes.
Excitech provides CAFM solutions across a diverse range of sectors including, aerospace and defence, energy, education, financial services, central government, and other public sector areas.
In addition to our own Excitech FM products, we partner with best of breed technology partners such as Archibus, Fasttrack Automation, and FieldFLEX to deliver the right solution for your business needs.
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