Thinking about CAIM at BIM

Thinking about CAIM at BIM
IMS Team Michael Heinrichs
Contribution recorded by: Michael Heinrichs

Michael studied architecture before he discovered software for himself - and so persistently that he has been part of the IMS management team for more than ten years. If you can not find Michael in the office or at the customer's, he'll be out and about with his family, going for a relaxed dive or skiing enthusiastically. The latter only in winter.

BIM is slowly gaining momentum, and that too is for CAFM Interesting. Because BIM models already have some of the data that a CAFM system also needed. Wouldn't it make sense to include the other data for CAFM in the database during the BIM process? I think so.

Building costs

The reason is explained quickly: A building causes up to nine times the cost of its construction in its use phase. Renovation costs are once again issues with a factor of 0.7 to 1.2 on top. That's a lot of money and CAFM can save a lot.

Therefore, it makes sense CAFM-relevant data in a BIM data model to integrate. This includes process data, documentation from the construction phase, contracts, assignments, cyclical requirements such as cleaning and maintenance intervals and documents such as manuals, maintenance documents and much more.

The only question is: who should pay for it?

Users benefit - TCO is falling

The additional costs for the additional data are expected to be borne by the clients or investors and passed on to the users. That would also be conclusive, because users are ultimately those who benefit from improved CAFM integration.

By documenting a building directly after the transfer "as build", all CAFM processes can be directly implemented and implemented. CAFM benefits from the outset: saving on costs such as cleaning and maintenance, controlling processes efficiently, speeding up repairs and providing reports that can be relied on historically in a timely manner.

The idea is to keep an eye on all aspects of future use (such as energy costs, repair and maintenance) as early as possible and to move BIM data directly to the next phase. And to reduce the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), ie the total cost of ownership.

Just real "BIM 6D".

Learn more

The topic "BIM and CAFM" was elaborated in an article of the issue 05/2018 of the journal Facility Management, in which we were allowed to participate. Talk to me about this.

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