Construction firm BAM is embarking on a pioneering research project which aims to bring building information modelling (BIM) into facilities management.
The company is aiming to improve the way that structures are brought together, and officials believe that BIM will help to reduce operating costs and eradicate the number of faults that happen in the construction phase. The technology is becoming an increasingly important commodity within the building sector as it provides with an insight of what potential problems may occur when the main construction gets underway.
BIM uses 3D visualisations which allow companies to fully plan out how the structure will be built and what needs to be done in order to reduce the number of issues that may occur. BAM is the latest organisation to turn to this tool and now the company wants to bring the benefits of BIM to facilities management.
In a joint partnership with FSI and Autodesk, BAM will provide information from BIM into a building's facilities management workflow system. It is aimed at improving efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the way that clients manage their assets. Officials also hope that by promoting this technology through a pioneering campaign it will encourage more organisations to get on board.
Kath Fontana, managing director of BAM FM, said: "There are enormous gains for clients in being able to use the data in the 3D building model as it develops over the construction cycle. It enables early, speedy and accurate compilation of the building’s asset register.
"It will provide detailed, accurate and real-time information on which clients can plan the management and maintenance of their building. These allow them to set-up and deliver their facilities management services with on-going confidence in the operating information."
The UK has been a major advocator of the use of BIM and now that attitude is translating over the Atlantic where a number of companies have taken up the technology. According to a report by McGraw-Hill Construction, adoption rates have grown from 17 per cent in 2007 to 70 per cent in 2012.
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