The Operational BIM

The goal of operational BIM is to rationalize the use of BIM in long-term building operation and extend its use to support the productive activity of the particular facility. It has to be easily surveyed with simple and rugged tools like laser distance meters for the floor plan and barcode/RFID readers for the inventory with all required additional data – including photos. It is key important that keeping these building and asset data up-to-date must be easy, processed by the normal operational crew without significant time need from them at the place of operation/maintenance – so it can become the part of their regular work.

Another key requirement defining the success of BIM in operation is integration. Operational BIM must be embeddable to any software applications and any workflows, processes demanding building or asset data on-site or in the office. So if a maintenance person needs to find an equipment, then the floor plan or 3D model for navigating there must be available on-site, but for a decision maker to see a rental report colorized must be accessible in a simple web browser from anywhere. All this data should be accessed and modified on-site by several users at the same time.
As the Operational BIM follows up every changes of a building or asset in it, it must provide the data in addition to the present also for the past, a “building history”.

Fulfilling all these requirements have been our key driving preferences when developing the OrthoGraph Enterprise ecosystem. The use of Operational BIM results in significant cost savings in the everyday operation while increases the productive performance of the involved facilities.
Read more about the benefits of using Operational BIM in more than the facility management e.g. for office houses, shopping malls, hospitals, production facilities etc. in our study.

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