BIM IS NOT YET LIKE THE AUTO INDUSTRY.
One day we may see the same level of 3D design, analysis and information that’s commonplace in the auto and aerospace industries applied to our buildings. That vision is still many years in the future, despite the initiatives we are seeing from all over the world with manufacturers starting to create 3D object libraries of their products which can be dropped into BIM models.
Where other industries are modelling down to the last nut and bolt, the AEC sector is still in the early stages of adopting such principles. Even today, it’s far from the norm to see MEP models being used on every BIM project, and when these models are used, it is hardly down to the nuts-and-bolts detail you might expect. Making such comparisons is off course unfair. The auto-industry spends hundreds of millions of Euros in R&D and high-tech manufacturing processes because they have a repeatable product line and millions of customers, whereas the AEC industry has less money, less automation and fewer clients per project. But there are lessons to be learned in how the information produced by these industries is put to work.
MAINTAINING AN OLD BANGOR.
INFORMATION IS THE KEY TO MAINTENANCE.
IMPROVED ROOM DATA RESULTS IN BETTER MAINTENANCE.
It’s obvious that facility managers and maintenance teams can be more effective and productive when they have the right information to hand. But the AEC industry isn’t producing enough information about FFE, perhaps because our buildings are not designed and delivered with a long-term vision towards operations and maintenance, even though a buildings life-cycle is measured in decades.
These days BIM is being used on most projects in one form or another. We may not be able to model everything in our buildings to the level of detail found in other industries, but we can certainly bridge the information gap by improving on the way room data is defined and enrich our BIMs with better FFE information. eRDS Cloud & Field is one such solution.