The increased usage of technologies such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), mobile devices, and cloud computing is rapidly bringing new efficiencies to the construction industry. But despite these improvements, the process of closing out a project and turning over useful data to the owners is still difficult and frustrating. Collecting and organizing the data is painful for the contractor, and the owner often receives incomplete information that they must then re-enter into the computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) used for operations.
This “last mile” for construction data is what BIMfx improves for all parties involved.
BIMfx gives contractors, commissioning agents, and owners a straightforward, powerful tool to turnover a full set of useful data in a fraction of the time. On the front end it simplifies the data collection process and enables collection to happen earlier during construction. BIMfx then allows owners to import this asset information directly into their CMMS, and also to access it from BIM files, through QR codes, or directly from a web browser.
BIMfx is a practical solution that provides value for organizations today, while also preparing them for the future when “BIM for FM” will be a more realistic goal. A few of the key benefits include:
• Simpler collection of high value asset data during construction
• Earlier entry into CMMS of crucial information on serviceable components
• Higher quality and more complete asset closeout data
When facilities management (FM) personnel are in the field, they need access to information about building assets in order to do their jobs. In most cases today, this means returning to the office and searching through binders or the CMMS to find what’s needed. Valuable time is wasted, and the risk of data getting lost or becoming dated is high.
By using BIMfx together with mobile devices, FM teams can now obtain the key data they need real-time – including documentation such as warranties, cut sheets, and operating manuals. A CMMS is still crucial for managing tasks and work orders, but efficiency is increased significantly with BIMfx by providing immediate access to information.
While there is tremendous potential in using BIM technology to improve the FM function, the truth is that most organizations are not ready to take that leap. That’s why BIMfx was designed with the flexibility to be used in one or more convenient ways.
The dynamic URLs generated by BIMfx can certainly be used in 3D models to facilitate BIM-for-FM, but they can also be accessed using QR codes, directly from CMMS, or anywhere else a web link can be accessed. This practical feature of the solution ensures that owners will get full value from BIMfx right away – regardless of the sophistication they’re ready to employ on day one. It also allows organizations to evolve, and use their key asset data differently over time.
Before construction data can be stored or transferred, it must be collected in the first place. But on complicated and chaotic projects the process of aggregating data from numerous sources is extremely challenging. That’s why contractors usually leave it until the very end, which of course just makes it that much harder...
BIMfx provides tools and methods that simplify the collection process and make it easier to get asset information early on during construction. For example, contractors can import and export data from spreadsheets all while using the BIMfx web interface to monitor progress and ensure completion. When it comes to collecting additional construction data, the simple answer is always best.
BIMfx is a truly “software agnostic” solution because it can be used with any BIM, CMMS, or project management tool selected for a given project. However, projects that utilize PlansandSpecs in conjunction with BIMfx are able to realize an even larger boost to the efficiency of closing out and turning over a full set of asset data to building owners.
That’s because the StratusVue System has been designed from inception to allow data to be used seamlessly by all the StratusVue solutions. When projects use PlansandSpecs to manage the submittal process, users can then directly associate submittal documents with the corresponding assets they describe in BIMfx. This eliminates the need to re-enter or upload documents, thus streamlining the data collection process even further.
"StratusVue’s BIMfx solution is a true game changer for the construction industry - allowing project teams to take full advantage of all the project information, documentation, and data that is collected during the life of the construction effort and rapidly repurpose it for the Owner. With BIMfx they can now leverage that information for operation of the facility within days and weeks as opposed to months and years."
- Kevin Bredeson, Virtual Construction Director, Pepper Construction Company