FM Awareness of Building Information Modelling (BIM)

The adoption and use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the whole life process of designing, creating and operating buildings, assets and infrastructure projects is a worldwide growing trend.

The research findings presented here aim to establish a benchmark of the current perception and awareness of BIM by facilities management professionals.

BIM and other digital trends such as big data and sensors have potential wide-reaching implications for many industries including facilities management (FM). In April 2016 BIM became mandatory for UK government procurement projects in line with the Government Construction Strategy (2011). Its adoption and use was seen as a critical step to help achieve the ambitious cost, sustainability and trade targets set out in the Construction 2025 strategy (2013);

- 33% reduction in the initial cost of construction and the whole life cost of built assets
- 50% reduction in the overall time, from inception to completion, for newbuild and refurbished assets
- 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment
- 50% reduction in the trade gap between total exports and total imports for construction products and materials

The Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries have already started to adopt BIM as the new norm for procuring, designing and creating assets.

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