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.”