Bridging the lifecycle: A case study on facility management infrastructures and uses of BIM

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to study the conditions of the building information modelling (BIM) implementation in facility management (FM) specifically from the point of view of different groups of FM practitioners, and the FM infrastructures already in use.

Design/methodology/approach - A literature review on the gap between the uses of BIM in design and FM has been done. The key professional groups of FM in the Premises Centre of the City of Helsinki were interviewed on the information tools they use, and the needs and impediments of the BIM implementation in the FM. Cultural-historical activity theory is used as a theoretical framework.

Findings - The literature discussing the BIM implementation tends to omit the analysis of the existing FM information systems and software tools in use. The challenge in the BIM implementation is in which ways the relevant information included in the BIM models could be integrated with these systems. No well-articulated problems or developmental contradictions came up that would demand the investment in the BIM implementation.

Practical implications - The results call for experimenting with incremental implementation of BIM in different FM activities and in the FM information infrastructures in use.

Originality/value - This paper studies empirically different FM activities and information systems used by the professional groups. Such studies are needed for a realistic view of the potential integration of the BIM information to the FM information systems.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Facilities Management
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)2-16
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Building information modeling
  • facility management activities
  • facility management information systems
  • integration of BIM and FM information systems

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