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What’s BIM’s role in effective asset management?

What’s the big issue for Asset Owners?

Asset owners and clients are asking about BIM’s cost benefits for facilities management and if will it make the operation and management of buildings safer, more efficient?

There is a general consensus that clients are not seeing a lot of the cost benefits of BIM per se as they seem to apply at design and construction stages.

BIM’s role in asset management

After construction, the model, known as the Asset Information Model (AIM), will go through changes within the Common Data Environment (CDE), which will be managed by the Asset Owner or Facilities Management. These may be triggered by events such as; maintenance work, repairs, refurbishments or upgrades, replacement, decommissioning, risk assessments, performance evaluations, and changes in ownership.

The benefits

Owners are able to digitally record real-time asset performance like energy performance assessment, condition sensing and monitoring and assist supporting information including specifications, O&M manuals and health and safety information.

Barriers to progress

Barriers that have been raised by FM professionals include:

  • Predetermined industry views of how FM operates. This clouds judgement in terms of the knowledge and the data that’s put together as part of the BIM.

  • FM and design / construction teams are not collaborating and communicating because the language between them is different.

  • Sharing of knowledge between FM and Contractors. Tools and technology that are being utilised at CAPEX are not used operationally.

  • Until now forms of contract and designer appointments have not required construction teams to have a contractual interest in the operation of the asset.

Public sector facilities managers will need to be up to speed as the Government requires fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data in electronic form) on all public sector projects since April 2016.


At The BIMstitute (, we support the principle that BIM and asset management are mutually-supportive and enhances the interaction of asset owners and contractors through collaborative processes throughout the entire asset lifecycle.

BIMstitute partners with dedicated teams of Information Managers to ensure that your project data is stored and controlled in line with BIM Level 2 practices in the PAS 1192-3. These experts have the ability to assess, analyse and procure Asset Management tools - Common Data Environment - inline with your project and operational requirements, and through training, we can assist your company to upskill your resources to use the tools.

You information will be expertly managed to raise productivity, reduce errors and improve collaboration through enabling services including:

  • Survey/GIS Management - Scan-2-BIM

  • Engineering integration

  • QA of existing legacy data

  • Virtual Reality for Stakeholder engagement

  • Document Control

Get in touch to have a conversation about how The BIMstitute can help you.

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