A new version of a successful cloud-based software system, that will revolutionise the application of building information modelling (BIM), has been launched in the UK.
Global facilities management support specialist, FM180, says that when people think of BIM they tend to think of 3D drawings at the design end, which is a very small part of the overall process to ensure sustainability in design, procurement, construction, operation and demolition.
MainManager allows multiple users to access precise data and report, log and manipulate reactive and pre-planned maintenance work orders on any system that has internet access.
Steve Owen, senior facilities management consultant at FM180 - the UK licensed distributor, says BIM software has until now been design-application driven. There has been the occasional bolt-on CAFM element rather than an attempt to design and build a detailed and dedicated complete building asset management system from the ground up.
“There are many benefits of BIM, particularly in adding value to how buildings are run and managed,” says Mr Owen. “However, what we have seen so far is no real joined-up thinking in terms of its applications from design and construction to FM.
“For example, the software that’s currently available in construction BIM models is designed to supplement CAFM rather than facilitate an integrated approach. We can take the relevant information from this software and integrate it into MainManager at the drawing level.
“A lot of investment has gone into our software so that clients have the ability to build up asset history and costings for all stages of a building’s life-cycle, which enables them to see if and when an asset will cost too much to maintain versus building new.”
Mr Owen adds that MainManager enables different people in an organisation to access reports based on their role. For instance, a CEO may wish to access all areas whereas a facilities manager may need only to access the elements related to improving delivery of their in-house or on-site services.
“If done right, the BIM process can provide a significant return on investment for organisations in the FM sector,” he says.
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