BIM for FM in Local Government – empowering Local Authorities to take control

An old problem

BIM was first introduced as part of the Government Construction Strategy to provide common digital information for all aspects of buildings owned and operated by the public sector.

Put simply, any building which is handed over to a government body, comes with information on everything in the building.  But this tends to arrive in whatever format the builder has chosen.

For some, this could be in paper format or some sort of digital information. But without any common approach, it becomes very difficult to accurately, and consistently, assess what is in a building, whether we are talking about different types of windows, doors, heating, cooling systems.

Which all makes it is impossible to have an adequate asset strategy across an estate and fundamentally, any sort of cohesive approach to carbon reduction or operating costs.

As BIM has become a mainstream tool used by most tier one main contractors and designers, many companies have developed their own standards, processes and outputs, mainly because clients and not sufficiently competent or experienced to develop the complex requirements needed.