Facilities management companies are lagging behind the rest of the construction industry in their understanding and use of building information modeling (BIM).
That is according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK), which says that the FM sectors needs to “wake up to BIM”.
RICS is calling for more ambitious sector targets to raise awareness of BIM and its benefits to facilities management (FM). RICS is concerned that the FM industry is missing out on the value BIM can bring to running buildings.
A recent BIM4FM survey revealed a significant lack of understanding on BIM and how it can be used within the built environment, with 35% of the FM professionals surveyed not knowing about BIM or its uses.
As part of the BIM4FM group, RICS is now working to promote awareness and ultimately adoption of BIM by FM professionals.
Johnny Dunford, global commercial property director at RICS, said: “Clearly the benefits of BIM and the competitive advantage it provides are not fully appreciated by the FM industry. RICS is eager to address this to ensure the profession is not left behind but instead seizes the opportunities presented by new technologies.
“It is vital that the entire property industry works together to ensure the data BIM produces is transferable across the different professions operating at every stage of a building’s life-cycle. By embracing BIM, FM professionals not only gain additional skills but can also become involved at the design stage as an educated consultant.”
Source: FM contractors proving slow on the uptake with BIM. The Construction Index. October 29, 2013.