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BIM's role expands as facility managers take ownership

 

A recent McGraw-Hill Construction SmartMarket Report on "The Business Value of BIM in North America" highlights growth in the adoption of building information modeling (BIM) systems in the design and construction industry from 28 percent in 2009 to more than 70 percent in 2012.

Moreover, the use of BIM by building owners has increased from 18 to 30 percent over the same period and an even greater margin of growth is expected by 2014. And, with this continued adoption comes a level of BIM maturity where almost two-thirds of BIM users reported a positive return on investment.

As early adopters of BIM technology, health care organizations and other institutional building owners are key players in expanding the role of BIM from its design-construction application to a facilities management tool.

 

 


A widely accepted definition of BIM comes from buildingSMART alliance and the National BIM StandardľUnited States, which describes BIM as "a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility" and "a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life cycle."

The definition continues: "A basic premise of BIM is collaboration by different stakeholders at different phases of the life cycle of a facility to insert, extract, update or modify information in the BIM to support and reflect the roles of that stakeholder."

By virtually building the project before starting physical construction, design teams can identify and solve complex issues, share information quickly and effectively, and offer a robust BIM deliverable that is particularly applicable to the nuances of the health care industry, where continuity of information with BIM is critical to the translation of relevant building data downstream.

This continuity, or the interoperability of information from one project stakeholder to the next, is an important component to the increased adoption of BIM, and one that is even more significant for hospital facilities managers who are looking to use the information-rich models being developed through the design and construction process.

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