Facilities Management (FM) as the total management of all services supports the core businesses of an organisation in a building. However, today’s buildings are increasingly sophisticated and the need for information to operate and maintain them is vital. Facility Managers have to acquire, integrate, edit, and update diverse facility information ranging from building elements, fabric data, operational costs, contract types, room allocation, logistics, maintenance, etc. However, FM professionals face challenges resulting in cost and time related productivity, efficiency and effectiveness losses. Building Information Modelling (BIM), that seeks to integrate the building lifecycle, can provide improvements and help to overcome those challenges. Thus, the paper explores how BIM can contribute to and improve the FM profession. It uses the MediaCityUK project as a case study, which is a regeneration project aiming to attract media institutions locally and worldwide and establish itself as an international centre for excellence. For this purpose, the key FM tasks are identified and a BIM model for the new university building in MediaCityUK is developed and experimented with the FM tasks by a group of FM experts. As a result, the paper explains how BIM can support FM tasks in an itemised manner.
2. Facilities Management (Fm) Practice And Challenges
Facilities Management is a multi-disciplinary field encompassing multi-disciplines to ensure the functionality of built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology (Cotts et al., 2009). In scenarios such as major relocation of organisations into new buildings, FM for the building lifecycle is the key aspects that should be conducted effectively and efficiently (Nazali et al., 2009). However, there are key challenges in the current practice such as building operational life cycle management, some of which revolves around information collection retrieval and sharing (Cardellino & Finch, 2006). The challenges in FM are revealed more when the information exchange challenges are experienced during design/construction are multiplied across the lifecycle of a facility (Jordani, 2010).