FM Update BIFM incorporates Building Information

Modelling into FM Professional Standards Update reflects growing impact of BIM on working practices of FM professionals

BIFM, the professional body for facilities management, has incorporated Building Information Modelling (BIM) into the Facilities Management (FM) Professional Standards to reflect the growing impact it has on the working practices of FM professionals. The latest addition follows a BIFM

survey, conducted in late summer 2016 in conjunction with UK Construction Week, which revealed that 85 per cent of respondents support opportunities to fully integrate FM throughout the building project life cycle. The majority of those who took the survey

also agreed that BIM can help support the ongoing delivery of facilities management beyond initial construction, suggesting that the sector is astute to understanding the value that BIM technology adds to construction projects. Launched in 2014, and forming a global competence model for the industry, the FM Professional Standards clearly define the

key functions performed by FMs, the main components of each functional area and the competences required to be a proficient professional when carrying out those functions. The competences are defined for each level in a FM’s career and can be used to benchmark skills, knowledge and competence for those working at all levels in the FM profession. Since being introduced, the FM

Professional Standards now underpin BIFM’s training, qualifications and professional development activities and have been adopted by leading employers, such as Carillion and Sodexo. The update to include BIM recognises the need to meet the requirements of FMs as the industry adapts to the challenges and opportunities that it will bring to the profession. BIFM acting chief executive Linda Hausmanis said: “As an Institute committed to excellence in facilities management, this latest addition to the FM Professional Standards is crucial in acknowledging

the ever-evolving FM landscape. “BIFM has long recognised the

importance of BIM to the working practices of our members and we have made great strides in positioning FM as a key player in the progression of BIM and the whole construction project life cycle. “Our first FM Leaders’ Forum recognised

our role as custodians of future building information and since then we’ve been advocating BIM in FM projects and have published our own BIFM Operational Readiness Guide, with a Good Practice Guide to The FM Role in BIM Projects due to be published later this month. “It’s therefore fitting we now have BIM

within the Property Portfolio Management functional area of the FM Professional Standards, which have been endorsed by leading employers in the sector, to ensure FM maximises and protects the value of property assets and ensure all new building projects and refurbishments are fit for purpose.”

Network Rail chooses Interserve for Flagship UK Stations Account

Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has won a new five-year facilities management contract with Network Rail worth £65 million.

Interserve will deliver facilities

services such as waste management, landscaping, pest control, adverse weather management and washroom services across 11 of Network Rail’s managed stations in London, Reading and Bristol. These include eight of the UK’s 10 busiest stations. The new partnership marks the

first time facilities services have been delivered by a single provider, with Interserve replacing multiple service- providers. The new contract builds upon Interserve’s existing relationship with Network Rail, which has included providing cleaning services across the organisation’s estate for the last five years. Adrian Ringrose, chief executive at Interserve, said: “This contract win is testament to Interserve’s expertise in the

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an exciting time for the UK rail network and we look forward to supporting operational delivery at Network Rail’s key stations, as well as playing our part in enhancing the passenger and train operating company experience.” Under the new contract, Interserve

transport sector and our track record of delivery for Network Rail. A total of three billion passengers pass through the transport environments we support, from airports to major city centre rail termini. It’s

will introduce initiatives to improve waste recycling and new equipment to enhance standards and productivity. Interserve will also support apprenticeships, training and work experience programmes across the account. Interserve’s transport expertise includes providing support for stations, track and other rail assets. Core services include customer support, security, facilities management, on-train cleaning, turnaround cleaning, landscaping and vegetation management. The business works with metropolitan, mainline and light rail networks within the UK and internationally, including providing facilities services to some of Spain’s most high profile and busiest commuter stations.

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