Asset Systems, Asset Classifications, Asset Connections and Networks

The import process is configurable, agile and repeatable so users can run, discard and then re-run different versions of the data. This means the FM team is able to preview the results of the import or quickly revert changes if they are unhappy or want to rerun it for any reason.

To ensure that the CAFM Asset Register is not swamped with unnecessary detail, the imported information can be filtered to ensure that only the critical information needed to operate the facility reaches the system.

Most importantly, all of the standard BIM object classifications (e.g. Uniclass and Uniformat) can be mapped and translated to the terminology appropriate to the FM client. This means that the assets are grouped and classified in a way that makes sense to the on-site teams and fits in with any existing FM asset maintenance strategy which still retaining the reference to a universal categorisation of the asset.

As BIM data can be imported into the CAFM system at any stage, FMs can visualise the data in a working CAFM system and analyse whether the model data is developing in a way that will allow them to maintain the facility as efficiently as possible.

Soft Landings Once the BIM to CAFM mobilisation process has been simplified FMs can begin to see how BIM data can work together with their established Asset Management strategies to give them truly ‘soft landings’ for new facilities. Consistent asset categorisation will make it much easier to automate the creation of all Planned Maintenance requirements for imported assets. In Evolution you can design and apply maintenance requirements for all of your asset classifications based on SFG20 or other established standards.

Visualisation The most eye-catching aspect of BIM for CAFM users will be the 3D models and all accompanying models for the facility which are imported along with the data. These allow FMs to visualise asset size, shape and position in the facility rather than relying on 2D floor plans or location tags.

Outside of CAFM, most BIM authoring tools or specialist model viewers have been developed to suit the needs of the design and construction collaborators. FSI’s Concept Evolution solution includes an integrated 3D BIM Model viewer that’s been designed specifically for use in practical FM scenarios rather than just the design or construction phases.

It’s fully integrated with the CAFM Asset Register allowing users to access all of the current CAFM asset information by clicking on an object in the model, including service history, PPM requirements, documents and attributes. Users can also instigate new breakdown work orders for the selected asset and highlight assets that are in the same network or have parent/child relationships.

Reporting Depending on the level of information defined for facility assets, BIM data outputs will contain a lot of additional data specific to the type of asset or the requirements of the client. All of this data is retained in Evolution through the use of our Smart Attributes feature, which allows an unlimited number of additional fields for any entity in the database. It also ensures that new assets added to the system post-handover can hold the same level of detail.

Using this data, FMs can analyse asset performance to an unprecedented level of detail (for example, reporting on trends right down to model number, dimensions or colour) to influence decisions on future construction or refurbishment projects. Over time, this data will help identify the cause of maintenance inefficiencies or highlight common issues at specification or component level TOMORROW’S FM | 45

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