Impacts of BIM in Facilities Management

A recent survey carried out by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) on its members has revealed the potential for Building Information Modelling (BIM) to deliver significant benefits and asset management improvements for the Facilities Management (FM) sector.

As a leading provider of BIM Training and Certification, Stroma Certification understands the impact BIM can have for FM organisations. The survey results demonstrate that there is still some uncertainty surrounding BIM in the FM industry, despite the significant interest in it. Stroma Certification can provide FM professionals with the skills and knowledge to ensure the effective implementation of BIM into FM businesses to expose them to accurate real time data to manage the life cycle of all built assets.

Impacts of BIM in Facilities Management

Current understanding of BIM in the FM sector

The results of the survey provide an overview of the current understanding, perceptions and impact of BIM in the FM sector and how FM professionals perceive the effect BIM will have in the coming years.

With around half of the survey respondents admitting that they were unsure of what BIM is, there is still some uncertainty surrounding BIM and its benefits in the FM sector. Fewer than 40% stated that they had some experience or involvement in a BIM project, with only 20% having direct experience of writing or implementing a strategy for the management of assets.

Despite this uncertainty, a large majority of respondents (83%) did agree that BIM will help to support the delivery of projects in the FM sector, with a significant impact over the next five years. 81% also agreed that FM companies who were to adopt BIM would also be able to use it as an advantage over their competitors.

Benefits of BIM for FM

It is evident that an increasing number of FM professionals, in both the UK and internationally, are becoming aware of BIM and the benefits and competitive advantage it may have for their organisations. The effective implementation of BIM within an FM organisation can provide the company with access to accurate, real time data regarding all assets. BIM streamlines all processes within the construction supply chain and ensures FM tasks are managed effectively and efficiently. FM managers, clients and investors needs to be made more aware of these advantages to help them identify their needs and motives for BIM implementation:

  • Make strategic decisions about asset maintenance and management
  • Save time and money throughout all processes
  • Visualise customers' perceptions of their buildings and assets
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant standards and regulations
  • Improved maintenance of assets, including staff planning and health and safety

Stroma Certification BIM Foundations Training

83% of respondents agreed that BIM has the potential to deliver significant value to the FM sector, yet 67% felt that the industry is not yet prepared to deal with BIM projects. There is an obvious demand in the FM sector for knowledge and information to be available surrounding BIM to prepare organisations for BIM. Stroma Certification have recognised this requirement and have developed a suite of services to enable FM professionals to realise BIM's purpose, value and benefits and the growing impact it has on the construction industry.

Stroma Certification's BIM Foundations Training provides delegates with an introduction to the principles and methodology of BIM, with specific guidance available on monitoring BIM in the FM sector as well as the wider construction industry. Our comprehensive course equips FM professionals with the skills and knowledge to implement BIM into their organisation and realise the benefits of real time data to enable effective asset management.

91.3% of respondents agreed to the idea of becoming more familiarised with BIM to help them define the BIM process without suffering large costs. Stroma Certification's BIM Foundations Training course is great-value, as well as our BIM Certification scheme, with expert guidance to inform FM professionals of the implications of BIM for their business and how it can help them to monitor and manage data.

Read more on the full results of the BIFM FM Awareness of Building Information Modelling survey report.

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