BIM4FM to develop a guidance note for facilities managers

New guidance on building information modelling (BIM) and soft landings expected to be available early in 2014.


Following the release of the results of the BIM4FM survey in early September, the BIM4FM group is currently preparing a guidance note for the Facilities Management industry to support and develop their understanding of building information modelling (BIM) and soft landings.
Geoff Prudence Chairman of BIM4FM said:  "The BIM4FM group has been really encouraged  by both the engagement and response  to the survey work, which we feel provides a snapshot of current thinking about BIM and soft landings by the FM profession. We have been pleased to see that the results of the survey have also featured in a number of Linkedin and Twitter discussions as well as seminars by other parties including CAFM and construction-based organisations. We believe this highlights the importance of FM, the owner and occupier when implementing BIM."
Along with the release of the guidance note the BIM4FM group intends to link and engage in a number of industry and institutional BIM forums to input and develop the FM perspective. This will include the BIM session chaired by David Philp at Ecobuild in March 2014.

Prudence continues: “Although most now operating within the built environment are aware of BIM, there is still a varied level of understanding regarding its true potential and most importantly what it means for FM. Most believe that input into the design is important for FMs where appropriate, but I also believe that ‘FM and systems thinking’ is important into the BIM process as a whole.”

“Across the industry encouraging work is taking place around maintenance standards, life cycle costing and asset classification.  With the ongoing maintenance perspective now being now more joined up, this should support the development of BIM rather than being driven from a purely design and construction position.”
The BIM4FM group hopes to release its guidance note in early 2014.

BIFM - British Institute of Facilities Management

About BIFM - British Institute of Facilities Management

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) is the professional body for facilities management (FM). Founded in 1993, we promote excellence in facilities management for the benefit of practitioners, the economy and society . Supporting and representing over 14,500 members around the world, both individual FM professionals and organisations, and thousands more through qualifications and training. We promote and embed professional standards in facilities management. Committed to advancing the facilities management profession we provide a suite of membership, qualifications, training and networking services designed to support facilities management practitioners in performing to the best of their ability.

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