R Eadie, John Rocks, Ventsislav Stoyanov

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Building Information Model (BIM) use and associated intelligent data in the construction industry has previously been investigated underlining an issue in its use for the Facilities Management (FM) stage. In this paper, the highlighted knowledge gap is investigate from the perspective of industry professionals
who are using BIM models to support current Computer-aided facility management (CAFM) processes, using an on-line questionnaire. Findings from a pre-notified online (LimeSurveyTM) questionnaire showed that Northern Ireland (NI) industry considers BIM is progressing at a similar rate or slightly less than the rest of the UK. Findings indicate weaknesses in BIM models being used for FM processes due
to interoperability issues (the majority are transferred in 2D format) and lack of skilled labour. Findings indicate in NI, only 33% use of Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) compared to a UK wide figure of 63% (NBS, 2016). COBIE data drops were only utilized on 19% of projects compared to the NBS (2017) UK wide figure of 42%. Only 24% of clients were capable of using BIM for FM, climbing to 36% willing to implement FM data into an Asset Information Model (AIM) to evaluate their systems of working. These low figures suggest that much more can be delivered through government departments deciding on a route to deliver these savings through being more prescriptive. Savings at the earlier stages of the process were only realized when the NI public sector mandated BIM during design and construction in 2016. This client desire created implementation and capacity. It needs a similar mandate to achieve savings at the UK FM stage. Bulgaria has not yet mandated BIM for construction at either stage. The findings of this study can assist in showing that without a mandate uptake is low. However, Bulgaria can achieve savings at all project stages, through mandating BIM.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of XIX International Scientific Conference on Construction and Architecture VSU'2019 17-19 October 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria
Place of PublicationSofia Bulgaria
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 31 Oct 2017


  • Building information modeling
  • Facilities management


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