Engaging facilities managers in BIM

We continue to promote building information modelling (BIM) across our industry, to help people involved in the construction and operation of assets understand BIM’s potential to drive major cost efficiency and sustainability outcomes.

In 2011 we started working with the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) to advise on BIM and deliver operational readiness workshops. This year, we supported the professional body to develop a BIM good practice guide for the facilities management profession, available for free to all 17,000 BIFM members.

“We wanted to help facilities managers understand the fundamentals of the BIM process and become trusted contributors to project and design teams.”

Our aim was engaging facilities managers in the significance of BIM for building design and helping them increase their influence on construction and refurbishment projects. By integrating BIM practices, they can help create a building that is fully aligned with end users’ requirements.

Paul Thomas, a principal consultant at Turner & Townsend, spoke about the importance of engaging with BIM: “Facilities managers are the long-term custodians of buildings. With their knowledge of the operation and maintenance of properties, and an understanding of BIM, they can make a major contribution to the design of buildings, guiding decision-making and helping to deliver better outcomes for the full lifecycle of an asset.

“Through the guide, we wanted to help facilities managers understand the fundamentals of the BIM process and become trusted contributors to project and design teams.”

There has been a very positive response to the guide since its launch, with interest coming from global audiences and webinars on the new guidance achieving high participation levels.