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How to Write the Perfect Facilities Maintenance Technician Job Description

By Dave Clifton
Content Strategy Specialist
SpaceIQ

As more businesses realize their need for facility professionals, more job postings will start to emphasize FM skills. Not every company needs the same level of expertise or a particular skillset, which makes it important to write a purposeful job description when it comes time to fill a facility position at your company. This is especially true for a facilities maintenance technician job description, which requires more nuance and specific language to attract candidates with the desired skillset.

Here’s how to write the perfect facilities maintenance technician job description and the reason behind using certain terms and keywords when advertising this position.

Understand the duties of a facility maintenance technician 

It’s impossible to craft a well-written, informative job description without first understanding what your company is hiring for. Ask yourself the following:

  • What need do you have for a facilities maintenance technician?
  • What tasks or roles are unfilled on your maintenance team currently?
  • In what ways are your facilities suffering from a lack of maintenance capability?
  • What job duties and expectations do you have for an incoming facilities technician?

When you have a thorough understanding of what you’re hiring for, it becomes easier to write a descriptive job post that details the nuances of the job. This in and of itself will serve to attract better candidates, as opposed to a general, vague, or accidentally misleading job description.

With the specifics in mind, choose your words with purpose. Use keywords in the post that will intrigue qualified candidates and dissuade others not suited for the job. For example, if you’re in the market for a skilled electrician, you might use words like “journeyperson” or pepper in specific facets of the job like “access control.” Any good job description is going to contain subtext based on word choice. Use your thorough understanding of the position you’re hiring for to create subtext that’s informative and clarifying for qualified candidates.

Market for skills and experience first 

What is facility maintenance all about? It depends on who you’re asking. Someone with a background in IT will look at facilities through the lens of their data and telecom systems. A mechanical engineer might think about HVAC and electrical first. The fact is, facility maintenance reaches these major systems and many others, which makes finding a generalist important—or at least someone who can see each aspect of facilities as its own important pillar.

If you’re hiring a general craftsperson, make it clear which types of skills and experience you value most. Plumbing? Mechanical? Electrical? Carpentry? There’s a long list of niches out there; include the ones that factor into your reason for hiring a maintenance technician. The added benefit to attracting professionals with diverse skills is getting more than you bargained for. Maybe the carpenter and electrician you’re looking for also has experience with telecom infrastructure?

The exception to this idea is hiring for a specific aspect of facility maintenance. If you exclusively need an HVAC professional or lack electrical maintenance capabilities, by all means, gear your job post toward these skills and experience.

Use specific qualifiers to filter applicants 

It’s rare that you’ll find someone pursuing a facility maintenance technician career. More often, your applicants will be tradespeople, craftspeople, and individuals who’ve worked in similar roles at other companies. Use this to your advantage by listing specific qualifiers and keywords in your job description that will attract the skills you need.

For example, terms like “building IoT” and “facilities automation” are more likely to garner qualified applicants than asking for experience in “smart building infrastructure.” Be specific in listing needs and expectations, and root out candidates that don’t meet the public standards you’ve advertised.

This approach also works for certifications and accreditations. If you’re hiring a maintenance tech with an HVAC background, you might specify “EPA 608 Certification” to ensure you only get candidates familiar with refrigerant handling. Again, this ensures the specific needs of your facilities are met by professionals with the scope of understanding to service them accordingly.

Hire with mind for the needs of your facilities 

Ultimately, the facility maintenance technician you hire needs to meet the needs of your facilities. Finding that person starts by writing an effective job description that clearly outlines needs, expectations, and skills.

Get to know the needs of your facilities. Identify desirable skills and experience. Outline specific parameters required for the job. Then, bring it all together in a job description that’s clear, easy to understand, and enticing to qualified candidates. While writing the job description is merely the first step in a long hiring process, it’s also the most important step in making sure you attract the best person for the job.

Keep reading: Facilities Management Job Description – What’s Required?

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10 Benefits of BIM

By Devon Maresco
Marketing Coordinator
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There’s a reason building information modeling (BIM) has become the standard for building planning and facilities maintenance in the modern age. As buildings become more sophisticated, our demands and expectations for better facilities management also grow. The benefits of BIM empower facilities managers to meet those expectations.

What is BIM used for? How does it enable better utilization of facilities? What are the benefits of BIM in the context of facilities management? Look at the answers to these questions below, as we outline the 10 biggest benefits of BIM:

  1. Better budgeting. How much did your HVAC system cost to maintain last year? Do you have any capital improvements coming up? BIM software can answer these questions and more to enable better budgeting and cost planning. While many facilities managers already practice this level of budgeting, BIM automates and does it better, for more accurate, informed budgets.
  2. Cost optimization. In addition to budgeting, cost optimization is an integral part of facilities maintenance. It’s vital to know the total cost of ownership of facilities subsystems and their components, to make smarter decisions about maintenance vs. replacements and upgrades. Cost information gathered by BIM makes cost-conscious decisions simpler.
  3. Subsystem insights. One of the premier advantages of using BIM is the ability to see each subsystem within a building and understand its context. How does that system exist in relation to others, and what’s its role in broader building function? With this information in-hand, facilities managers can make better decisions about how they manager, alter, and maintain different subsystems, and the effects of those decisions on the building.
  4. Dynamic updates. Especially during building and renovation phases, dynamic updates empower real-time insights about a building. If you change X variable in a BIM plan, it updates Y and Z affected systems, to show a true-to-form model of what those changes look like and what they mean for facilities as whole. This intuitive action-reaction relationship cuts down on the guesswork of modifying facilities.
  5. Clash detection. What happens when you make a change to one subsystem that disrupts a different subsystem? Trying to route plumbing through HVAC ducting, for example. These types of clashes derail development and can cause bigger issues for facilities managers and contractors when they become apparent. Clash detection through BIM prevents these issues from arising by stopping the actions that lead to them.
  6. Reduced rework. With clash detection comes another benefit—reduced work. If the BIM model detects a potential clash, it can show alternatives to avoid it. Stakeholders can explore new solutions to their needs that avoid subsystem clashes, leading to the desired result without putting in any need to backtrack and redo work that’s already done. This is especially beneficial for cost conservation—in both man-hours and materials costs.
  7. Improved productivity. Reduced rework has extrapolating benefits, including better productivity. Doing things right the first time is the pinnacle of productivity and doing the work on an expedited timeline that’s already accounted for potential clashes means fewer potential errors that creep into the process. The productivity benefits associated with BIM extend to projects of all sizes and scopes, which makes it a vital component in project planning.
  8. Risk mitigation. BIM risk mitigation takes many forms. BIM can help model maintenance and improvement task sequentially, to reduce risks associated with the scope of a project. Or it can deliver risk analysis for certain aspects of building function. It can even mitigate on-the-job risks by assessing the inherent dangers of specific tasks. In short: BIM makes facilities maintenance and modification safer.
  9. Enhanced agility. When you can approach building management and maintenance safer, with more knowledge, and with a complete understanding of costs, you can move quicker. Agility is one of the premier benefits of BIM and, as a result, it helps facility managers get results quicker. In fact, this agility reinforces many of the other benefits BIM offers: cost savings, better insights, and risk mitigation.
  10. Superior decision-making. All these benefits roll into one overarching benefit—better decision-making. Because BIM is a data-driven system that offers comprehensive insight to facilities and the systems hat power them, there’s never any need to guess about the best way to oversee, maintain, or manage the building. Every decision becomes a data-driven one, which means there’s an opportunity for betterment across the board.

Think about these benefits in terms of saved time and money, as well as improved productivity and efficiency. It becomes very quickly evident why BIM is so important and why companies are increasingly using it to power a more sophisticated approach to facilities management.

Keep reading: What is BIM in Facilities Management?

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What Does BIM Mean?

By Dave Clifton
Content Strategy Specialist
SpaceIQ

There’s no shortage of initialism and acronyms in the field of facilities management. You might use a CAFM or IWMS platform, review vendor SLAs, and pursue training for your FMP, SMP, or CFM. It can get a little confusing—especially when new terms rise within the industry. For example, what does BIM mean?

BIM is the latest and greatest abbreviation in a long list of important terms and concepts, and one FMs need to get familiar with. The concept of BIM itself isn’t new, but its relevance in an increasingly digital world means it’s skyrocketing in popularity and importance among facilities professionals. Here’s what you need to know about Building Information Modeling (BIM).

What is BIM? 

Let’s start with the basics: what is BIM? Building Information Modeling is the practice of creating a comprehensive digital mockup of a building, with each of its subsystems quantified. The simplest analogy is to imagine a layered design, with each layer representing a subsystem of the building. Stack them atop each other to form a complete picture of facilities or peel them back one by one to get a deeper understanding of each subsystem and its role as part of the whole.

But BIM is much more than a nuanced CAD mockup: it’s an intelligent system that brings every subsystem together in context and profiles dynamic insights about how they affect facility function. If you change X aspect of a specific subsystem, how does it affect systems Y and Z, and the building as a whole?

BIM brings dynamic capability to all aspects of facility management: planning, budgeting, maintenance, and much more. It helps facility managers make data-driven decisions on a grand scale.

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BIM is incredibly complex, even for small buildings, because it brings together so many sources of information and delivers dynamic insights at every level. Facilities managers can see the effects of their decision-making not only on the subsystem they directly apply to, but within the broader context of the building as a whole. This extrapolation forces much more sophisticated thinking and a more thoughtful approach to facility management.

To contextualize how complex BIM is, you need only look at a digital twin: the CAD mockup of a building, linked to its real-world counterpart. Digital twins quantify the tangible.

For example, the building’s electrical system isn’t just a series of wires and outlets anymore—it’s a central nervous system that supplies power throughout the building. The digital twin shows this, and quantifies everything from how much power it uses, to its costs, to the integrity of the system based on service records, to its proximity to other systems within the building.

Through BIM, every system has context and every decision has effects. BIM brings facilities managers an accurate depiction of both through a digital twin. That way, if you ever decide to do anything with the electrical system, you’ll have a complete understanding of how your decision affects your facilities, budget, other subsystems, and more.

The benefits of BIM

BIM isn’t needlessly complex. Harnessing the power of BIM and the many insights it offers leads to significant value for facilities managers.

  • Fewer mistakes made in the decision to update or improve facilities
  • Better collaboration and communication among stakeholders
  • Improved ability to project costs and budget
  • Mitigated risk in changing facilities
  • Expedited results on facilities-related actions
  • Sophisticated oversight for better facilities management
  • Reduced instances of rework or conflict in facilities systems
  • Improved outcomes for maintenance and improvements

The underlying factor for all these individual benefits is better building visibility. The broad information afforded to facilities managers through BIM translates into more powerful decision-making capabilities with better outcomes—all because they’re data-backed. BIM can be the difference between a well-intended decision and the right one.

BIM means better facilities management

BIM might stand for Building Information Modeling, but it equally stands for “Better Insights and Management,” because that’s exactly what it enables. There are significant opportunities to channel BIM insights into better facilities management, including:

  • Development of a proactive and preventive maintenance plan
  • Better planning, including for emergencies
  • Smarter budgeting and cost planning for capital systems
  • Informed decision-making about floor plans and workspaces

As buildings become epicenters for data generation, BIM gathers and contextualizes that data for better facilities management. It takes the guesswork out of maintaining and using facilities and provides context for how facilities management decisions affect the form and function of a building. BIM is rooted in Building Information Modeling but embodies Better Insights and Management.

Keep reading: How Does BIM Work?

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Is AutoCAD a BIM?

By Dave Clifton
Content Strategy Specialist
SpaceIQ

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a big concept. There’s a lot to differentiate when it comes to understanding the difference between what BIM is, how it’s used, and what facilitates it. After seeing mockups of buildings and the systems within them, many people naturally ask, is AutoCAD a BIM? It’s a good question—one that invites opportunities to discuss what BIM is versus what facilitates it.

The short answer is that, no, AutoCAD is not a BIM. It’s a facilitator of BIM. Computer-aided design (CAD) drawings—like those generated in AutoCAD software—are an integral part of a BIM system. All the information that represents BIM is generally overlaid on CAD drawings and mockups, giving context to the infrastructure, systems, and design elements of a building.

CAD and BIM go together, with the former representing an integral building block for the latter. You can’t have BIM without CAD, but an AutoCAD mockup isn’t necessarily representative of BIM by itself.

What is BIM?

BIM is the comprehensive representation of a building and the many systems and elements that contribute to it. BIM quantifies building design plans, maintenance and upkeep, utilization, and more, to bring context to a development outside of its tangible qualities.

BIM digitally layers the many systems of a building atop each other, for a contextual look at facilities from any perspective: mechanical, electrical, plumbing, infrastructure, architecture, and more. Then, BIM quantifies every aspect of the building, for everything from cost planning and budgeting to maintenance planning and resource coordination.

What is AutoCAD?

AutoCAD is software used to generate CAD drawings of facilities and the systems within them. AutoCAD uses 2D and 3D modeling to render buildings, from exterior walls to the many individual spaces and segments inside the structure. It does so to-scale and with detail, to provide as realistic of a digital representation as possible.

Beyond walls, doors, and windows, AutoCAD software can mockup everything from plumbing to HVAC and electrical, to provide top-down context for what’s inside facilities, as well as the facilities themselves.

BIM vs. CAD

CAD drawings are a fundamental part of BIM. Without the detailed, comprehensive markup of a building and its systems, BIM and the information it provides have no context. Where a blueprint might only show measurement, a CAD drawing shows materials. BIM takes information from both and pairs it with all other relevant facilities information to quantify every aspect of facilities. Without CAD drawings, BIM is incomplete.

Many people have trouble differentiating BIM vs. CAD because BIM information is consistently displayed in the form of CAD drawings. On the surface it’s easy to mistake a CAD drawing for BIM; however, CAD drawings alone lack the important contextual insights that makes BIM such a powerful resource for facilities managers.

A look at BIM software

To further complicate the relationship between CAD and BIM, BIM software often has CAD functions. Because so much of BIM is dependent on CAD drawings, there’s significant value in packaging CAD tools with BIM software. Of course, established modeling software—like AutoCAD—usually has more powerful features and capabilities, and it can be more beneficial to import precision CAD drawings as opposed to using generic tools.

The difference, again, is in how a facility manager uses the 2D or 3D mockup of facilities. In AutoCAD software, they can manipulate, change, alter, and examine the drawing to gain spatial and structural understanding of facilities… but these insights lack deeper context. With BIM software, CAD drawings become the foundation for creating digital twins, complete with quantifiable information spanning all major facilities systems.

You can’t have one without the other

In answer to the question, “is AutoCAD a BIM,” the answer may be no, but that isn’t to diminish the importance of CAD within the framework of BIM as a discipline. You can’t have BIM without CAD. CAD is the canvas for a digital re-creation of facilities, and BIM represents all the detail and color that creates an immersive picture of a building and its many systems and functions.

The relationship between CAD and BIM is symbiotic, and it’s one facilities managers need to understand as they immerse themselves in BIM as a discipline. Whether they use standalone AutoCAD software to digitally reconstruct facilities and import into a BIM platform, or use CAD tools within BIM software, the fact remains the same: BIM starts with CAD. It provides context and clarity for the copious amount of information compiled within BIM, and helps facilities managers understand their building in a visually supported way.

Keep reading: Breaking Down BIM Facility Management Software

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Is There a Need for Facility Planning in MBA Programs?

By Dave Clifton
Content Strategy Specialist
SpaceIQ

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is a standout achievement on any résumé. But what matters more is the focus of study behind that degree. MBA concentrations range from accounting and finance to human resources and business administration—each with studies that emphasize these areas of focus.

These different routes to an MBA create an important foundation of understanding for different careers and professions. And while finance, administration, and the like are all cornerstones of modern business operations, so, increasingly, are facility planning and management. It begs the question: is there a need for facility planning in MBA programs?

Traditional MBA tracks cover three umbrellas: entrepreneurship, leadership, and finance. Depending on a person’s intended career track, they’ll start with these umbrellas and explore opportunities below them. For example, if you’re aiming for the C-suite, you’ll pursue a leadership MBA—something in the realm of global operations management or strategic risk management.

Making the case for an MBA program dedicated to facility planning starts by understanding which umbrella it fits under—and that’s more difficult than it might seem. It’s easy to rule out the entrepreneurship track; however, facility planning lends itself to both leadership and finance, albeit indirectly. Facility professionals provide workplace insights and information used by executives and finance managers, which means they fit both and neither of these tracks. The solution to where it might fit is simpler.

There’s a fourth MBA track that’s increasing in popularity: the general MBA. This is more of a “jack of all trades” type of MBA that’s less focused on a discipline and more focused on aspects of business operations. Facilities touch every aspect of business operations, which would make facility planning a strategic focus for anyone pursuing a general MBA.

Certificates are a good start

Right now, most MBA programs touch on facility planning in a tangential way. To get a clear, refined, focused education on facility planning and management, professionals need to pursue a certificate. Some of the most popular facility management certifications include:

Each of these programs—and others like them—instill facility-focused professionals with the information they need to manage, oversee, and optimize facilities. This is especially important in a post-pandemic workplace, where COVID-19 has disrupted traditional work. The problem is, FMP, CFM, SFP, and other designations don’t quite jump off the page like “MBA” does. Hiring managers may not understand the body of knowledge that accompanies these titles like they do for an MBA graduate.

The ideal candidate for a facility management position in our new era of work is someone with an MBA-level of credibility and an FMP-level (or similar) knowledge of facility management. It only makes sense to combine them. A résumé with the title “Facility Planning MBA” is certain to stand out in a way a general MBA or facility certification title simply can’t.

Demand for facility planning is growing

There’s a reason upwards of 85% of all MBA graduates find themselves employed immediately after they leave school. Businesses want to hire candidates that know their stuff right out of the gate—high-level thinkers who can bring new ideas and execution to the company. This is especially important in hiring MBA holders who’ve followed specific tracks and emphasized areas of focus like finance and administration. It only makes sense that a rise in demand for facility managers should equate to need for facility planning in MBA programs.

As businesses realize the far-reaching role of facilities in operations, they’ll find themselves seeking out professionals to help oversee and optimize facilities. What they won’t find is an MBA candidate with specific experience in this area, because a facility planning MBA track doesn’t exist. Instead, they’re forced to widen their search and cast a net that might only catch MBA holders or candidates with a facility management certificate, who might not possess the MBA-level perspective this position needs.

It’s getting more and more difficult to ignore the demand for an MBA-level program devoted to facility planning and management. Companies need thinkers who understand the objectives, design, and factors affecting the layout of a workplace, and who can govern them with an executive mindset.

An educational bedrock is essential

Is there a need for facility planning in MBA programs? Without a doubt. There’s growing demand for facility professionals—and while certifications provide an exceptional understanding of best practices, trends, and philosophy, it’s difficult to match the high-level expertise that accompanies an MBA. Combining the focus of facility certifications with the rigor and vision of an MBA program is an obvious, logical need for the future of education on this topic.

It all boils down to a very simple comparison. Would you rather hire someone who has a certificate in business administration or someone who holds an MBA in business administration? The answer is obvious, and it’s equally obvious when you replace “business administration” with “facility planning.”

Keep reading: Ins and Outs of Facility Management Certification

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Hitting a Home Run with Baseball Facility Management Software

By Dave Clifton
Content Strategy Specialist
SpaceIQ

There’s a reason baseball is America’s pastime. It’s a sport that’s easy to understand, simple to play, and exciting to watch. There’s nothing quite like being in a baseball stadium on a sunny day, watching the home team send fastballs into the stands. Behind the scenes, however, managing baseball facilities takes a lot of work. Thankfully, there’s baseball facility management software.

What are baseball facilities?

Baseball facilities are a departure from what we all think of when catching a ballgame. They’re where you’ll find batting and pitching cages, athletic training stations, performance centers, and even classrooms. These are the spaces players use to hone their skills before stepping out to home plate on game day.

Baseball facilities aren’t just where the players practice—they’re also a space for younger players to learn and can house visitor attractions like displays for trophies and awards. Many even use spaces to host events, such as banquets for Little League teams or meet-and-greets with former baseball greats.

What is baseball facility management software?

On any given day, any number of activities can take place in baseball facilities. To coordinate them takes facility management software. Facility management software ensures players, visitors, and employees can use the facility in the capacity they need without disturbing other events or operations that may be taking place at the same time.

Software can also coordinate baseball facilities on a macro level. Which days does the local pro team practice vs. one of the area’s collegiate teams? What days this month have meet-and-greets, and how should facilities accommodate guests, press, and fans? Software coordinates the people and facilities to maximize the experience.

Examples of baseball facility management

Different groups have different needs inside of baseball facilities. Using management software to conform the facilities themselves to the needs of each group brings purpose to each type of space—and improves the experience each group has with the space. Here are a few examples:

  • The local pro team is practicing at the same time as a press meet-and-greet. Facilities are orchestrated in a way that keeps visitors away from practice areas and prevents them from leaving designated spaces.
  • There’s a Little League banquet taking place in the main hall. Consulting facility software ensures there are enough tables and seats, and that they’re spaced accordingly. It also shows that visitors should park in the south lot, which is closest to the hall.
  • There are two collegiate teams booked at the facilities for strength training and batting practice. Facility software can coordinate the transition between these spaces so both teams can practice offsetting skills at the same time.

There’s need for facility management software to govern both static and dynamic spaces in baseball training centers. From guests, athletes, staff, or anyone utilizing the facility, there’s a need to use space uninterrupted and in the right capacity. Good facilities oversight enables both.

Coordinated player development

One of the chief benefits of sports facility management software is its impact on coordinated player development. Baseball facilities are, first and foremost, a place for athletes to improve their skill. Facilities software promotes this by shedding light on the need for certain spaces and the utilization levels of other training areas. If the facility is considering an investment in VR training, for example, a facility manager may look at the current classroom space and see a 64% weekly utilization rate as an opportunity to repurpose space for better learning.

Player development also extends to training regimens and routines. Trainers may consult facility management software to see that the weight room is open on Friday at 4pm, allowing them to book the space for a special training regimen with a player. The more accessible various spaces are, the more advantageous they are to player development.

Improve facility profitability

The other benefit of baseball facility scheduling software is in how it can improve profitability. Admitting more guests for tours, special events, banquets, and other profitable purposes helps fund new improvements and innovations for the players.

Revenue from hall-of-fame tours may pay for a new turf field, for example. Facilities can use software to dissect space utilization and occupancy data to squeeze more profitability from these spaces. For example, keeping hall-of-fame tours to one hour without changing the price invites more tours and increased revenue to fund the new field.

Space management matters for baseball facilities

Baseball is fun and exciting, but it’s also a game of rules and organization. It’s a by-the-book sport. Managing baseball facilities demands this same level of attention and organization. Facilities management software delivers it, to help athletes train better, give fans new experiences, and improve the profitability of facilities.

Keep reading: How Much Does Facility Management Software Cost?

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How Does BIM Work?

By Dave Clifton
Content Strategy Specialist
SpaceIQ

Most facilities managers recognize BIM when they see it. The ability to open a CAD drawing, pull out a specific layer of information, and dissect it represents the power of BIM, and many FMs have become accustomed to using this data as part of facilities governance. But how does BIM work? Where do those insights come from and how does a BIM system tie them all together in the context of a detailed CAD drawing?

To understand how it works, we need to first understand what BIM is—what its purpose is, how it’s used, and what it represents.

What is BIM?

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the practice of bringing the many functional elements of a building together and quantifying them all within the context of the finished product.

It’s easiest to think of BIM as a layered CAD drawing: mechanical, electrical, plumbing, infrastructure, architecture, and other layers stacked atop each other to form a complete building model. Facility managers, engineers, contractors, and other professionals can peel back these layers to understand how every part of the building works with every other.

But what is BIM without data? In a BIM plan, each layer and the system it represents is chock-full of data, so building managers and professionals understand its role in the greater structure. Altogether, the layers and information of a BIM plan represent something powerful: a digital twin of the building. That digital twin is then used for everything from developing a preventive maintenance schedule, to budgeting and cost planning, to facility management and workplace design.

In a nutshell: BIM seeks to quantify every major subsystem of a building within the context of the whole, allowing professionals to better plan, design, construct, and manage facilities.

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BIM explained

The definition and concept of BIM are a lot to take in. And the larger the building, the more expansive a BIM plan, which only serves to complicate the practice of using it. It’s easier to explain BIM in basic examples.

  • The architect draws plans for a six-foot doorway, but the developer later changes it to an eight-foot doorway. They change the CAD drawing, which updates the materials list, which changes the costs.
  • XYZ Company decides to remodel. They mockup the changes in a BIM plan, which intelligently reroutes plumbing, mechanical, and electrical to fit the changes of the new space design.
  • Support tickets synced to specific cost centers within a BIM show the total cost of ownership for the building’s mechanical systems over the past 12 months, which allows FMs to budget for the upcoming year.

These are just a simple few of BIM’s may applications. BIM offers nearly infinite possibilities in how it helps professionals plan, design, construct, and manage facilities. The volume and context of data is what makes it so useful, and the more stakeholders do to enable BIM insights, the more they’ll enable more informed decision-making.

So, how does BIM work?

Now that you know what BIM is and the context for its use, it’s easier to understand BIM software and how it works.

Most people confuse BIM software with AutoCAD, since the fundamental basis for BIM is a comprehensive CAD model (2D or 3D). While CAD design programs are often used in conjunction with BIM software, the important distinction that differentiates them is the intuitive capabilities of BIM. BIM uses CAD mockups as a medium for bringing broad-scope information about a building together. Or, in simpler terms, BIM makes CAD drawings smarter, more dynamic by pairing information to the building’s many systems.

BIM works by applying intelligent insights to the tangible aspects of a building. While a CAD design may show you the layout of a space you intend to remodel, BIM tells you which walls are load bearing, how to reroute the electrical, and what materials you’ll need to plumb HVAC ducts into the space. CAD is static; BIM is dynamic. More important, BIM insights influence changes made to CAD designs.

Intelligent Insights

In an age where buildings themselves are getting smarter, it’s vital for facility professionals to get smarter about how they manage them. BIM informs the best possible approach to facilities management and maintenance, by providing complete context for buildings and the many systems that govern them. BIM insights offer the epitome of information-driven decision-making.

There’s no doubt that the concept of BIM is complex and sophisticated and can be difficult to grasp for those new to it. But BIM is getting easier to understand and more accessible thanks to its role in designing and managing smarter buildings. As infrastructure becomes more complex and connected, BIM becomes more essential. It’s a system every FM needs to understand moving forward, so they can tap into the intelligent insights it offers and achieve a new standard of success in facilities management.

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