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Effective facility management and operations via a BIM-based integrated information system
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Project Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8557-9469
2014 (English)In: PROCEEDINGS OF CIB FACILITIES MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE USING FACILITIES IN AN OPEN WORLD CREATING VALUE FOR ALL STAKEHOLDERS, Polyteknisk Boghandel og Forlag, 2014, 442-453 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is firstly to summarize the status quo of the building information management technologies applied in the facility management and operations (FM&O) sector and identifying prevailing issues; and secondly, to devise technical solutions for those issues based on an exemplar case.

 

Background: Considerable financial losses could occur as the result of insufficient interoperability issues among information systems. In order to minimize losses, Building Information Management (BIM) tools must be able to interoperate with a variety of digital FM&O systems.

 

Approach: This research applies the principles of grounded theory as well as conceptual constructs of a proposed BIM framework. Firstly, descriptions of information management systems of eleven projects in technical reports are analyzed and the prevailing technical issues extracted. Then, a narrative representation of an IT-implementation project together with its organizational context has been provided. Finally, the most important issues from recent projects have been presented together with their respective solutions provided by the case project.

 

Results: The results demonstrate that the most important issues in implementing BIM for streamlining FM&O activities are lack of guidelines and efficient technologies for capturing BIM models of existing facilities, coping with non-consistent terminologies and taxonomies, requirements specification in BIM applications, and identifying which information and what levels of detail are desired by the FM&O teams.

 

Practical implications: In addition to scholars, the results are useful to database implementers and database designers, as well as decision-making buddies in the FM&O sector.

 

Research limitations: More research in this area is needed with a focus on business processes and regulatory requirements.

 

Originality/value: No earlier research has so thoroughly described the overall architecture and functionalities of different components of an integrated BIM FM portal solution with regard to the latest findings in both theory and practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Polyteknisk Boghandel og Forlag, 2014. 442-453 p.
Keyword [en]
BIM FM, Facility Management, FM&O, Building Information Modelling, Interoperability
National Category
Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-164953OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-164953DiVA: diva2:806649
Conference
JOINT CIB W070, W111 & W118 CONFERENCE, TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK, COPENHAGEN, 21 - 23 MAY 2014
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QC 20150423

Available from: 2015-04-21 Created: 2015-04-21 Last updated: 2015-05-22Bibliographically approved
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1. A Lifecycle Approach towards Building Information Management: Technical and procedural implications for the facility management and operations sector
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Lifecycle Approach towards Building Information Management: Technical and procedural implications for the facility management and operations sector
2015 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A well-structured and coordinated information management practice is central to promoting efficiency in construction. Building information management encompasses authoring, interpretation, communication, coordination and storage of building information. The benefits envisioned by utilizing IT developments such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the facility management and operations (FM&O) sector are estimated to be far greater than in other sectors. There is, however, a gap between the knowledge available in the field of building information management and the actual demands of the architectural, engineering, construction and operation (AECO) industry, especially the FM&O sector.

The overall aim of this qualitative research is to develop knowledge that conceptualizes the lifecycle supporting implementation of BIM in the AECO industry with a focus on its implications for a BIM-enabled FM&O practice. This applied research comprises a number of summative and formative components: paper 1 investigates the existing and emerging information management systems for the FM&O sector and their characteristics. The focus of paper 2 is narrowed down to the technical requirements on building information management systems; while its temporal scope spans the entire lifecycle of buildings. Paper 3 is a further elaboration on the findings of paper 1 and covers the technical requirements of BIM-implementation in the FM&O sector. Paper 4 investigates workflows – another category of the issues identified in paper 1.

Paper 1 aims to provide a general understanding of the importance and implications of implementing BIM-enabled systems in the FM&O sector and also identifies the main categories of the issues associated with this approach. This literary paper reports on a basic research with a descriptive approach and builds upon the information from a non-exhaustive set of literature. In this paper, workflows, contracts and information technology have been identified as three categories of the issues associated with implementing BIM-enabled systems in the FM&O sector.

Paper 2 is also a literary research which draws on the notion of BIM repositories and aims to clarify the technical requirements for a more collaborative building industry as well as depicting the current status of building knowledge management technologies, recent trends and future prospects. Open format BIM repositories have been suggested as the cornerstones of an integrated information management system for AECO firms.

The aim of paper 3 is twofold: firstly, to summarize the current status of the building information management technologies applied in the facility operation activities and identifying prevailing issues; secondly, to devise some technical solutions for those issues based on a case project. In the first part of this study, a summarized description of information management configurations in eleven projects were extracted from literature and the technical issues within those systems were identified. Moreover, five major categories of contemporary technical solutions for enhancing information transfer from BIM to FM&O software were designated. Then, a narrative and illustrative representation and reconstruction of an IT-implementation project was developed.

Paper 4 is another literary study which aims to provide the theoretical basis for more focused studies on existing and desired processes in the FM&O sector and their associated information transactions. In this paper, firstly, the more common definitions of the key concepts have been revisited and discussed. Then, the generic types of the processes, activities and organizational roles common to FM&O firms, the types of information required by each actor and how such information are acquired have been presented.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, 2015. x, 41 p.
Series
TRITA-FOB-LIC, 2015:3
Keyword
Building Information Modelling, facilities management, facility management and operation, interoperability, building information management, BIM repository, workflow process, BIM, FM&O
National Category
Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-164954 (URN)978-91-85783-48-9 (ISBN)
Presentation
2015-05-06, Sal L1, Drottning Kristinas väg 30, KTH, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2015-04-23 Created: 2015-04-21 Last updated: 2015-04-23Bibliographically approved

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