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FACILITY DESIGN & BIM


an initial outline of how a space or building will be designed can help FMs make more informed decisions about how they will effectively manage the space during its lifecycle.


COMMUNICATE AND


COLLABORATE With so many parties involved in the construction process, communication is a pivotal part of success. FMs commonly get involved in a project around three months in, by which time designs and processes are confirmed and a plan is in place. By being involved at an earlier stage, FMs can advise what is feasible within the constraints of the project – it also avoids having to update plans and the BIM model later on in the process.


“GOOD


COMMUNICATION ENHANCES THE


VALIDITY OF DATA BEING SHARED.”


aspects such as energy usage and thermal performance.


In turn, determining the real world requirements of a space can allow data to be fed back into the building model and easily accessed for future projects.


MAKE THE MOST OF


VISUAL ELEMENTS Incorporating visual elements, such as a 3D model, into the BIM process will allow FMs to understand design intent and ensure it meets end user needs. This vision can be used to virtually walk a client through the designed space before it is created, giving them an opportunity to highlight any concerns or modifications before the construction process begins.


Although end-user requirements will more than likely change over time as the building usage evolves, having


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Collaboration with the entire supply chain throughout the BIM process is also particularly important to ensure the right data is available and shared in the right format. Good communication enhances the validity of data being shared, and also reduces questions about the integrity of the entire model.


Sharing incorrect data is a waste of time for all those involved and can also have damaging effects on the efficiency of the maintenance programme during occupancy. FMs have a key role to play in this as they are going to be using the data during the building’s occupancy, so have to make sure it works for them. In addition, specifying a way in which they prefer data to be measured and shared will ensure it stays useful and relevant to those in charge of managing the building.


THE ROLE OF


MANUFACTURERS As technology continues to drive rapid change across the construction industry, the instances of data sharing


methods becoming out-of-date will rapidly increase. Building product manufacturers can help solve this problem by ensuring they have a library of current and accurate information available to FMs at all times.


“SHARING INCORRECT DATA IS A WASTE OF TIME.”


For instance, British Gypsum’s 2015 BIM roundtable, which brought a selection of different sector professionals together to discuss the BIM model, is contributing to a greater understanding of which data sharing methods are working successfully and how the industry can collaborate better.


THE FUTURE What’s clear is that we’re still in the


learning stages of BIM, and while adoption will see specific benefits for individual areas of the supply chain, long-term success of BIM won’t be possible or sustainable unless we work together as an industry.


Going forward, BIM is likely to become an increasingly intelligent, efficient and consistent process. The more people that buy into the concept and adopt the requirements necessary to its success, the more investment there will be and the better the approach will be as a result.


ABOUT BRITISH GYPSUM British Gypsum, part of the Saint-


Gobain group, is the UK’s leading manufacturer of interior lining systems. The company produces gypsum based systems including plaster, plasterboard and ceiling solutions. With over a century of experience, it has developed innovative products and services that help customers build better spaces to live, work and play.


British Gypsum offers a range of plasters, partition, wall lining, floor, ceiling and plasterboard systems for the residential, commercial, off-site and RMI (refurbishment, maintenance and improvement) sectors of the construction industry.


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