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Commissioning, BIM & Commissioning BIM

Lifecycle BIM and commissioning have the same goal - the successful operation of buildings. In this article we will explore the interdependencies of the two. We will argue that Commissioning needs BIM. Then we will argue that BIM needs commissioning. What is commissioning and why should you care? A commissioned… Read more

FM product selection, procurement and delivery - going digital with BIM

A lot of time is spent by Facilities Management staff making product selection and procurement decisions. Where can I find a replacement part for the broken component? Do they even make them anymore? Should I replace a spare part or change the whole product. What quantities should I order? In… Read more

Level of Development - LOD - as a Lifecycle BIM tool

When owners and facility managers want to get started with BIM for FM the focus quickly turns to model content and quality. Are my current models suitable? Can I ask for improvements within my current contract? What improvements should I ask for? How do I specify better in the next… Read more

IFC4 - is it ready yet?

IFC 4 is the current version of the buildingSMART data model (The openBIM core specification). It is also the version of IFC that is an ISO standard, ISO 16739:2013. IFC4 has been out for three years now. Getting to the first IFC4 release took six years of development and… Read more

Facilities Management is going digital

The world of Facilities Management (FM) is going digital - again. The last time we digitised it was mostly about generating, storing and sharing digital versions of our traditional documents and drawings. It was also about putting facility data into in-house databases. It was a driver of incremental efficiencies and… Read more

The three little BIM pigs

There once were three little pigs that wanted to build new houses for themselves. The pigs had heard that using BIM to design, build and operate their houses would do them well - 20% lower construction cost and 30% lower operations cost was to be expected. Before building their real… Read more

BIM for FM - Closer than yesterday

In his great article on the thinkBIM blog Paul Wilkinson make the case that BIM for FM is “still not quite there” despite there having been a big coordinated effort the last years and many standards, tools and guides have been made available. The main telltale signal for not having… Read more

BIM Soft Landings

In the space industry a “soft landing” is defined as a controlled landing of a spacecraft during which no serious damage is incurred. In the AEC industry a soft landing is a gradual and planned handover to make sure the building performs as expected as soon as possible Space and… Read more

IFC MVDs - out of the mist to bridge the BIM gaps

This article aims to clarify the differences and relationships between the IFC schema, IFC MVDs and IFC files. We will use similar concepts from the “books and library” domain to exemplify and compare to our AEC domain. If you are on either side of an “information exchange requirement” this distinction… Read more

BIM Interoperability - is the industry sailing under false colors?

It has been an interesting week for interoperability in the BIM world. Three of the dominant players have made public statements on their strategy for BIM interoperability. Autodesk and Trimble issued a joint press release announcing an agreement to increase interoperability for customers to gain flexibility throughout the BIM project… Read more