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Building information modelling for asset and facilities management

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posted on 2021-12-07, 09:24 authored by Haddock, Amber

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an expanding knowledge field driven as a design process within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry (AEC). Building Information Models have been predominately used in pre-construction for clash detection and modelling benefits as a collaborative tool. Confusion and false interpretation are common amongst many interested parties, as BIM is often spoken about as a design tool, be it Revit or similar, but not its purpose, as a process. A commonly understood language throughout the construction industry is referred to as model development in BIM, reported as Level of Development Stages. Currently 6 stages are developed (LOD 100, 200, 300, 350, 400, 500). With this in mind, Building Information Modelling has been used in the construction industry commonly at a stage of development (LOD 300), components are modelled to enable enough data for the model to be used in the construction phase of a project, and often only theoretical research of BIM to the operational and maintenance lifecycle of a building is acknowledged (LOD 500). This study explores the use of Building Information Modelling as a digital process to understand the necessary inputs (in specific elements) of data for outputs of a BIM process to the stage of model development at a buildings operational and maintenance platform. A comprehensive literature review, a study of companies “traditional approach” to managing their assets and facilities, as well as a “new approach” study of Building Information Modelling, to manage assets was undertaken within the context of New Zealand.  The expected approach for the future of managing assets from this research suggests a positive opportunity to raise the profile of Building Information Modelling in the asset and facilities space to manage assets and facilities better. For the past generation, technological inventions have been introduced every week, with the trend guaranteed to continue, there is a resilience for change as well as an appreciation for change. It is suggested that as the global construction industry matures in BIM so will the use of BIM in Asset and Facilities Management. There are few software applications developed for the Building Information Modelling Asset/Facilities Management space, the case studies presented in this research paper have implemented Autodesk’s Building Ops application as well as a unique tailored approach. Both New Zealand case studies have shown a positive/beneficial use in Building Information Modelling in Asset and Facilities Management. As the construction industry matures we expect to see BIM AM/FM used more frequently, especially for asset owners.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Degree Discipline

Building Science

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Master of Building Science

Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Awarded Research Masters Thesis



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Building information modelling for asset and facilities management

Victoria University of Wellington School

School of Architecture


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