A Facility Owner’s Guide: Leverage the “I” in BIM Project Delivery

BIM is becoming an increasingly important tool in the facility manager's arsenal.

The IMS framework


  • Step 1:  BIM Process Planning

This interactive web-based BIM process-planning tool helps the project team execute projects more efficiently. It captures the project planning, model and component data established in the data survey tool and sets the critical path for assigning roles, contacts, disciplines, risk, schedule and level of development criteria, according to the AIA E202 specification, to the actions required to assist the owner in managing the delivery of integrated projects.


  • Step 2:  Data Survey

The data survey tool provides validation for owners to identify specific BIM components associated with a unique project. The tool encourages confirmation between the owner’s project management team and consultants. Spatial and component data are mapped to multiple industry classification standards. It is a collection tool that provides feedback from the O&M team to consultants to confirm items in the model that will one day require maintenance or tracking. This step in the process creates the data dictionary for the project and enables and assists COBie deliverables.

  • Step 3:  Data Extraction

A key component of the Integrated Model State is data extraction. Its purpose is to pull targeted project information from BIM that correlates object-level parameters defined in the data survey exported to COBie format for validation and approval by the owner PM team. Data extracted from the models assist in the creation of the required BIM and COBie deliverables.


  • Step 4:  BIM Validation

Used by the owner team to measure and validate the integrity of data produced by consultants, the BIM validation tool shows the owner a gap analysis between the data survey and model component data. If discrepancies exist, notifications will be sent to project stakeholders for corrections or clarifications. Empowering the owner project management team with the ability to validate BIMs encourages a level of authority and awareness that simplifies processes and helps to get information into the core repository to extend the owner approval process.

The information exchange platform approach leads to sound facility data for owners


Building owners require clear project delivery strategies, data management processes and workflows that ensure quality control actions to manage project information. It is imperative that owners have tools to facilitate project delivery from design and construction to operations. BIM project validation, the information exchange platform, owner PM teaming, project delivery, and mobility are the basis of the integrated model state.


The owner’s interest in using BIM to manage their facilities better leads to the development of new roles and responsibilities. A systematic approach to BIM for facilities management promotes connections to corporate real estate business objectives, operations management, data interoperability of systems, building automation controls and physical devices to link these objectives together in a smarter way.


Michael Ruiz is Vice President of BIM Strategies, Applied Software

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