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Buildings 2015, 5(3), 899-916; doi:10.3390/buildings5030899

BIM Guidelines Inform Facilities Management Databases: A Case Study over Time

School of Architecture, University of Southern California, Watt Hall #204, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0291, USA
Academic Editor: Tanyel Bulbul
Received: 10 July 2015 / Revised: 6 August 2015 / Accepted: 12 August 2015 / Published: 14 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue BIM in Building Lifecycle)
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A building information model (BIM) contains data that can be accessed and exported for other uses during the lifetime of the building especially for facilities management (FM) and operations. Working under the guidance of well-designed BIM guidelines to insure completeness and compatibility with FM software, architects and contractors can deliver an information rich data model that is valuable to the client. Large owners such as universities often provide these detailed guidelines and deliverable requirements to their building teams. Investigation of the University of Southern California (USC) Facilities Management Service’s (FMS) website showed a detailed plan including standards, file names, parameter lists, and other requirements of BIM data, which were specifically designated for facilities management use, as deliverables on new construction projects. Three critical details were also unearthed in the reading of these documents: Revit was the default BIM software; COBie was adapted to help meet facilities management goals; and EcoDomus provided a display of the collected data viewed through Navisworks. Published accounts about the Cinema Arts Complex developed with and under these guidelines reported positive results. Further examination with new projects underway reveal the rapidly changing relational database landscape evident in the new USC “Project Record Revit Requirement Execution Plan (PRxP)”. View Full-Text
Keywords: BIM; building information modeling; facilities management; FM; operations and maintenance; O & M; building lifecycle BIM; building information modeling; facilities management; FM; operations and maintenance; O & M; building lifecycle
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Kensek, K. BIM Guidelines Inform Facilities Management Databases: A Case Study over Time. Buildings 2015, 5, 899-916.

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