BIFM incorporates Building Information Modelling within FM Professional Standards

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has now incorporated Building Information Modelling (BIM) into the Facilities Management Professional Standards to reflect the growing impact it has on the working practices of FM professionals.

The addition follows a BIFM survey which revealed that 85% of respondents support opportunities to fully integrate FM throughout the building project life cycle. The majority of those who took part in the survey also agreed that BIM can help in supporting the ongoing delivery of facilities management beyond initial construction, suggesting that the sector is astute in terms of understanding the value that BIM technology adds to construction projects.

Launched in 2014 and forming a global competence model for the industry, the FM Professional Standards clearly define the key functions performed by FMs, the main components of each functional area and the competences that are required to be a proficient professional when carrying out those functions. The competences are defined for each level in a given individuals ’s career and can be used to benchmark skills, knowledge and competence for those working at all levels in the FM profession.

Since being introduced, the FM Professional Standards now underpin BIFM’s training, qualifications and professional development activities and have been adopted by leading employers, among them Carillion and Sodexo.

The update to include BIM also recognises the need to meet the requirements of FMs as the industry adapts to the challenges and opportunities that it will bring to the profession.

BIFM acting CEO Linda Hausmanis said: “As an Institute committed to excellence in facilities management, this latest addition to the FM Professional Standards is crucial in the BIFM acknowledging the ever-evolving FM landscape. The BIFM has long recognised the importance of BIM when it comes to the working practices of our members, and we’ve made great strides in positioning FM as a key player in the progression of BIM and, indeed, the whole construction project lifecycle.”

Hausmanis added: “Our first FM Leaders’ Forum recognised our role as custodians of future building information and, since then, we’ve been advocating BIM in FM projects and have published our own BIFM Operational Readiness Guide. It’s fitting that we now have BIM within the Property Portfolio Management functional area of the Professional Standards, which have been endorsed by leading employers in the sector to absolutely ensure FM maximises and protects the value of property assets and ensures that all new building projects and refurbishments are fit for purpose.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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