Monday, February 18, 2013

New BIM to FM versus Old BIM to FM

New BIM to FM is hard.  Owners seeking BIM to FM must modify procurement methods to enable integrated teams to plan, design, construct operate and maintain BIM enabled facilities and infrastructure.  Committed owners enjoy success when they utilize RFPs that seek proposals from integrated teams.  New generation legal agreements support and enable the process.

Old BIM to FM is even harder.  Owners with EXISTING facilities and EXISTING infrastructure interested in rendering such facilities and infrastructure BIM enabled face enormous challenges.  Many believe the cost of creating an accurate and integrated BIM of existing facilities and infrastructure is too high.  While that may have been the case in the past, emerging technologies may lower the cost enough to justify, or even require, such efforts.

The cost of virtual design and construction tools and processes dropped exponentially in recent decades.  Similar reductions in the cost of gather BIM compatible data from existing facilities and infrastructure are on the horizon.  At MIT they are exploring the use of live mapping tools by emergency responders.  Below is a link real time video created by an "explorer" along with a link to the full article.

The hardware and software associated with these tools and processes are advancing by leaps and bounds.  I predict widespread use of these tools in the next few years by general contractors to map facilities and infrastructure prior to bidding refurbishment work.

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
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