Building Information Modelling (BIM) will add value to the management and operation of a building, but more needs to be done to access this value. That is the finding of a study by Verdantix, as reported in the latest issue of Facilitate magazine.

BIM is becoming integral to the design and pre-construction phases of the building life cycle, with a growing number of forward-looking organisations starting to capitalise on its benefits.

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has been using BIM in the design of access solutions for a range of first-tier contractors for a number of years. It consistently helps to lower the operations control and maintenance costs, providing more precise control systems as well as delivering cost-effective services for the occupants of the buildings.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) was used by PTSG’s designers and engineers throughout the project at The Scalpel – in which PTSG created two of the world’s largest building maintenance units (BMUs). The use of BIM enabled problems to be detected and resolved quickly and easily with the use of 3-dimensional imagery. The digital modelling and information for the BMUs produced via BIM were used as part of the training process to show the client how to operate the units.

The news article in Facilitate ends by saying that a better understanding of BIM’s value and benefits throughout every stage of a building’s life cycle is needed to maximise its use for operational planning.

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