In building industry digitalization is today one of the big challenges to improve efficiency and effectiveness over the whole building live cycle. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is accepted to be the most promising approach to do so. By using BIM as a new paradigm for introducing holistic business processes in model based collaboration between all participants in building industry, goals like enhanced cost accuracy, cost reductions and faster project cycles will be achieved.
While most of the current BIM initiatives focusses on the planning and construction phase, this research project of HTW Berlin and Beuth-Hochschule Berlin addresses the Facility Management and operational phase of the building live cycle. Unfortunately, the BIM method is rarely used in FM practice today. Since there is only a few percentage of new buildings in Germany (even using BIM method), one reason for sparsely using BIM in the FM business is, that FM would have to build BIM models for existing buildings on their own from scratch. Furthermore, there are massive fears of FM departments and contractors in terms of high efforts to maintain BIM model data over decades of building usage, handling multiple models and revisions over the years.