The way we use room data is changing. Whereas in the past the discipline was not particularly coordinated with BIM, construction management and FM, now it’s better integrated. And where PDF room data sheets were once the expected deliverable, now we are more focused on the value of the information and putting it to good use in other disciplines and applications. New technology is changing how we work in several ways:


Room data is created and managed in cloud based applications, instead of on multiple excel sheets and word documents and provides a central source of information.


New possibilities arise when BIM models are enriched with room data as attributes in IFC models or as parameters in Revit. The information becomes available in other BIM based design, construction and FM applications, and allows us to produce more complete COBie files.


Having good room data to drive checklists brings efficiencies to the construction fit-out stage by ensuring all the information is to hand¬†and in one place. And knowing exactly what’s been specified allows us to better monitor progress.


When the room data itself is enriched with as-fitted information captured from site it becomes a valuable resource that can be used to populate FM software. Having a detailed asset register of all FFE provides help-desk operatives with a better understanding of the building and leads to more efficient problem solving.