Innovative Technology For Facilities Management Part 2

Innovative Technology For Facilities Management Part 1

Technology is changing and touching every part of human existence. There is not a single sector which is untouched by it. Innovation is something which every business should actively pursue if it wants to sustain the competition. The technology is also changing the way facilities management is done. Today we would be focusing on the tech part of this diverse business discipline.

So here are the innovative technologies that are being used or are under development for IFM service providers.

BIM for Facility Management

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a tool used by contractors and architects to develop and scale virtual models of building projects. BIM gives building owners and operators a complete visual model of their facility prior to construction.

While BIM is not a new technology, it is just starting to become commonplace in facility management. Facility operators are realizing the power of these tools for project deliverables and data accessibility. When integrated with existing work order programs or facility maintenance software, facility teams realize an improved ability to retrieve O&M manuals, floor plans, and asset information.

While still in its infancy, companies are recognizing the opportunity to improve collaboration and communication between building teams through this visual modeling.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a topic that should be high on the agenda of many FMs, but is often misunderstood and therefore not utilized to its full extent. Some feel the process of implementing BIM data is too big a job, or that it involves knowledge of CAD software and 3D modeling in order to make use of the information – both of which are untrue. BIM is now a mandatory requirement on UK public sector projects (with all project and asset information, documentation and data in electronic format) and it’s now gaining momentum across the world, so the sooner FMs across all sectors can engage with BIM, the better.

What is BIM?

BIM is a way of designing, constructing, running and maintaining a building as a collaborative process using a single coherent and up-to-date system of computer models, rather than several sets of different tools and documents.

BIM provides a rich, 3D experience which includes digital simulations and rehearsals of all stages of the design, build and operate the process. BIM also promotes collaborative working, allowing digital management and sharing of information by all partners. The information within BIM allows for better-informed decision-making, clarity, improved communication and, overall, better business outcomes.

Benefits include:

  • Cost savings at both delivery and operational stages: BIM can help organizations strip waste from their processes, as they can virtually build the facility as many times as necessary to create the perfect model. This also provides cost certainty.
  • Improved efficiency and faster project delivery: As all parties work together collaboratively, mistakes, discrepancies and duplicate work is avoided
  • Improved client satisfaction: The client receives a building which matches their expectations and needs.
  • Reduced safety risk: BIM allows crowd behavior to be analyzed and fire modeling capability to be predicted to enable designs to be optimized for public safety.
  • Greater project predictability and early modification: Projects can be visualized at an early stage, giving owners and operators a clear idea of design intent and allowing them to modify the design to achieve the outcomes they want.

To be continued in Part 2

Part 2 topics include: IoT in IFM, Advanced HVAC Technology, Automated Facility Software, Drones in facility management

Source: Team CLR, Akitabox, Swg

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