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Paper w78-2009-1-20:
BIM to CAFM: An Investigation of Adapting a Building Information Model to a Legacy Computer Aided Facility Management

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M. J. Clayton & O. O. Ozener & C. A. Nome

BIM to CAFM: An Investigation of Adapting a Building Information Model to a Legacy Computer Aided Facility Management

Abstract:An investigation has been conducted to explore the steps required to move information from a Building Information Model (BIM) to a Computer Aided Facilities Management System (CAFM). The growing popularity of BIM draws heavily upon a perception that the technology can facilitate all major operations during the building lifecycle. Current deployment of BIM in the AEC/FM industry has significant impact on the acceleration of design and construction phases. Of equal importance, however, is whether BIM can pro-vide information for reuse in facility management and operations. This paper presents a research study in or-der to determine how to capture information about existing buildings in a BIM and reuse the information to support decisions about facility use. Our study includes findings from focus groups and in-depth interviews with facility managers and owners which produced well-reasoned arguments about deployment, challenges and obstacles of BIM utilization for the FM operations. Based on the findings, a BIM utilization framework was developed for FM. A link was established between BIM tools and an in-house CAFM system that con-sists of databases accessible through Web sites and incorporating pixel-oriented images and Web-enabled vector drawings. Four buildings supporting a college of architecture on a large university campus are incorpo-rated into the system. The investigation revealed that the BIM can provide much information for use in the CAFM system, but there remains a need for intermediate CAD products and additional tools.

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