Implementing Building Information Modelling for facilities management in higher educational institutions

Brown, Marcus (2015) Implementing Building Information Modelling for facilities management in higher educational institutions. MEng dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a relatively new technology for the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries, with its use fundamentally being within the design and construction stages. This research is being undertaken to see how a facilities management (FM) company could successfully implement BIM within their organisation, looking through the fundamentals of what a BIM model is and how this can be used for FM. The research will follow a modelling approach and the findings will be taken from the design and creation of a model, which will be based on the facilities found within a higher educational institution.
    The creation of a model allowed not only the process of implementation to be understood but also the problems to be recognised. Higher educational institutions provide a unique challenge to facility managers due to the facilities that they contain, where they have to deal with a number of different environments across a number of buildings. Using BIM for this implementation has allowed for the allocation and identification of rooms to be easily established, while demonstrating how internal features such as doors can be managed through preventative maintenance.
    The results show that FM tasks can be performed using BIM and that this is the way that the industry needs to head in the future. This demonstrates that issues with interoperability are present but are being reduced through developments such as IFC and COBie, which allow data to be extracted from a BIM model and be available to use within FM software. The software and tools are there for implementation, the next stage is for FM organisations to take this on and implement them within their day-to-day management of facilities.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2015 16:22
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2015 16:22

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