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Enhancing the value of Facilities Information Management (FIM) through BIM integration

Wijekoon, KA, Manewa, RMAS and Ross, AD (2018) Enhancing the value of Facilities Information Management (FIM) through BIM integration. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management. ISSN 0969-9988

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) provides a robust platform for information management in built environment facilities. However, one of the consequences of the limited application of BIM in facilities information management (FIM) is that the potential value gain through the integration of as-built information during the operations management process has had limited exploration in current practice. This paper attempts to explore the potential impact of BIM to enhance the value of Facilities Information Management. A detailed literature review was undertaken to identify BIM application in a construction context, and to develop a framework to investigate the value of information. An interpretative approach was adopted for data collection and analysis. 14 semi-structured interviews were conducted with construction industry professionals to identify how value of FIM can be enhanced through BIM integration. The interview data were analysed using open and selective coding. The findings confirm that information exchange between the construction and facilities management phases of a project are important in terms of efficient and effective maintenance of a facility as well as optimising the design task. With these promising benefits, BIM is an efficient mechanism to facilitate construction information exchange. However, there is an uncertainty over the optimum level of information that ought to be on a BIM model for facilities management purposes. The relationship between different aspects of value is a starting point to filter the required information for each individual project. In contrast, limited awareness of value of information exchange and the potential of BIM enabled FIM during construction is noted. The information exchange considered within this investigation was limited to two key phases of the facility lifecycle, namely construction and facilities management (in-use). The findings bring insight into an unseen aspect of facilities management information needs that should be given priority in upcoming BIM developments. Also, it draws attention to how value is concerned in a daily basis beyond monetary terms. The investigation of value enhancement through BIM integration in particular to facilities information management and ongoing research with new value dimensions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0905 Civil Engineering, 1202 Building, 1201 Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Publisher: Emerald
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2017 10:46
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 10:53
DOI or ID number: 10.1108/ECAM-02-2016-0041
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7734
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