Facilities 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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