A number of different sectors across construction have been making use of building information modelling (BIM) comma now a leading body wants it to be introduced into facilities management (FM).

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) produced a survey which found that there is still a lack of BIM knowledge among FM professionals and it is something that the organisation is keen to address. RICS is now calling for more ambitious sector targets to help raise awareness of the technology and the benefits it can bring to a company's operations.

BIM involves 3D modelling of a structure behind a single brick is laid. It is designed at helping contractors spot any potential problems that could occur during the building phase. RICS notes that it is essential to help companies not only complete a project on time but also prevents them from overspending on any unforeseen extra costs.

RICS' BIM4FM survey found that 35 per cent of FM professionals are not familiar with the technology and its uses. Officials are now concerned that companies within this industry could be missing out on the "added value" that BIM can bring to construction projects. One of main problems with implementing BIM, cited by 50.5 per cent of respondents, was the initial investment and maintenance costs.

However, RICS believes that this should not stop companies adopting the technology. Johnny Dunford, RICS' global commercial property director, said: "It is vital that the entire property industry works together to ensure the data BIM produces is transferable across the different professions operating at every stage of a building’s life-cycle.

"By embracing BIM, FM professionals not only gain additional skills but can also become involved at the design stage as an educated consultant."

RICS is now set to work alongside the Construction Industry Council, a government-initiated task group for BIM, to raise awareness of BIM throughout the UK.

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