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Improving FM task efficiency through BIM: a proposal for BIM implementation

Improving FM task efficiency through BIM: a proposal for BIM implementation

Stravoravdis, Spyridon and Carbonari, Giulia (2018) Improving FM task efficiency through BIM: a proposal for BIM implementation. Journal of Corporate Real Estate, 20 (1). pp. 4-15. ISSN 1463-001X (doi:

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The purpose of the research presented was to investigate which tasks among the ones performed during a buildings’ operational phase are perceived to be more inefficient and to investigate if the information within a Building Information Model (BIM) could help improve tasks efficiency.

The Digital Built Britain (BIM Level 3) aims to extend BIM into operation, by promoting a life cycle approach for buildings through an integrated digital environment. Nevertheless, the main focus of both BIM level 2 and level 3 is mainly on design, construction and hand over, therefore the current understanding and use of BIM for a buildings’ occupancy phase is still limited. Current literature and research focusing on BIM and building management show only a marginal use of the technology, especially in terms of how BIM can be used beside maintenance.

The paper presents the results of an online questionnaire survey aimed to ascertain the level of perceived inefficiencies of operational tasks. Through the analysis of Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data models, the research identifies the data set needed to improve the efficiency of the tasks and presents a structured implementation plan to identify which information should be prioritised in the model implementation.

The study presents part of a methodology developed by the author aimed to implement a BIM model for existing buildings including information that would support the management of the single facility/portfolio. While other studies have looked into BIM and operational phase, especially in relation to asset maintenance, this study has focused on understating how the information included in the model can improve the tasks efficiency.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Building Information Modelling, Industry Foundation Classes, inefficiency, Operation Facilities Management
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2020 22:51

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