Thursday, June 2, 2011
The BIM/FM paradox
There is a bit of a sad irony when it comes to Facilities Management and BIM.
Not challenging the concept of a digital, 3dimensional, data-rich model being useful for operational and maintenance once the building is completed.
Most building owners think similarly and are usually eager to have their digital building live on beyond construction through operations and FM.
Consequently many BIM promoters rely heavily on piggybacking FM, to sell preFM BIM.
There is a contradiction:
While selling ‘design and construction BIM’ is the easiest on the back of FM, in practice these models are of little use for FM.
Yes, it is possible to repurpose and modify the information created through construction stage to suit FM, however this is not necessary cheaper then say, creating an FM model from scratch just before the completion of construction.
Let me clarify this further: If BIM is performed PURELY to fulfil the FM requirements of the building owners, the currently promoted approaches may not be very suitable.
BIM and FM can complement each other and I’m all for ‘design and construction BIM modelling’ however, these need to be able to ‘stand on their OWN feet’.
I also wish to highlight the risk of selling one thing and delivering another.
The best chance for BIM in the future is in repeat clients, having BIM-conversant clients can also help.