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Bringing BIM to the table

While the adoption of BIM is gradually growing, Adrian Jarvis, General Manager, FSI (FM Solutions) Middle East, points out that what is still missing in the Middle East is early involvement and input from FM and operations with the model. "Unfortunately, we still see silos of data; there needs to be more understanding about the inputs and outputs and data structures required through the project life-cycle. We expect BIM strategies to become the de facto approach to projects and as the market matures in its understanding we expect discussion not around whether BIM should be used, but how to approach BIM and the level of detail required through into the operations phase," adds Jarvis.

The very fact that many construction firms are asking how BIM will be executed shows that the industry has now accepted BIM as the most efficient technology used to help manage the full lifecycle of a building in the most efficient manner.  A major limiting factor that's restricting the widespread implementation of BIM across the region is awareness.

"Awareness of what a model is and that BIM is not a single piece of technology. There is currently an emphasis on the visual aspect of the building model, and whilst a picture speaks a thousand words, it is the information in the model which adds value. Gaining input from all stakeholders in a project and the data each requires will drive interoperability and value of the information," says Jarvis, who adds that FSI is raising awareness by actively discussing BIM, and the operational data drop requirements for CAFM systems with consultants, building owners, FMs, and the construction organisations.

For the full article in FM Today, please click on http://fm-today.com/Fmtoday-July-August2016/index.html?pageNumber=22.