UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


UK Building Information Modelling (BIM) Road Map for FM: where are the potholes?


1 January 2014


This research contributes towards further understanding of implementing Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the UK with a focus on the operational life cycle of buildings and assets. The research identifies the gaps in the current UK Government approach in implementation of BIM, based on an extensive literature review and focus group interview methodology. The findings suggest that, for BIM to deliver its promised benefits of integration and collaboration, the flow of FM data requires advanced and user-friendly FM interfaces that integrate and are compatible with other current FM software. Furthermore, buildings and projects should be seen as strategic assets rather than operational machines requiring a culture shift. The culture shift is considerable for FM companies which sometimes operate on the belief that ‘profit depends on hiding data’. Problems of data sharing, ownership and accuracy also need to be addressed. The findings also suggest that there is a need for the UK Government to prepare a mandate for BIM in FM.

UK Building Information Modelling (BIM) Road Map for FM: where are the potholes?. Journal fuer Facility Management, (9), 80-90.

Shayesteh, H., Marjanovic- Halburd, L., Marmot, A. (2014)