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Building Information Modeling ‘Becoming the Norm’ in Facilities Management

building information modelingFacilities managers must get “on board” with building information modeling (BIM) and realize its benefits or else they risk “falling into a ‘death valley of know-how’ in terms of the loss of valuable information and realizing BIMs potential added value,” according to a facilities management event speaker.

FM World reports Simon Ashworth, a lecturer at Zurich University of Applied Sciences & Liverpool John Moores University, told delegates at BSRIA’s Information Management in Facilities Management event that BIM is “becoming the norm.”

BIM tools — digital models for the design, construction and operation of projects — provide business benefits including increased productivity, profitability and reputation, according to McGraw-Hill Construction. It can also lead to more sustainable buildings, in terms of construction materials and more efficient performance, says Dodge Data & Analytics.

But despite its benefits, BIM faces challenges because of its high cost and requirement of trained professionals, according to a Market Research report. Some companies are reluctant to use BIM due to lack of technological awareness and resistance to change.

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