Planon: From FM technology in the movies to actual BIM reality

Nowadays, in break-in movies you often see an IT guru in a small van five streets away who effortlessly hacks into the security system of the building to be broken into. For this purpose he or she magically pulls up perfect 3D models and CAD drawings and uses these to provide the accomplices with useful information. The number of visitors, the escape plans, access codes and whether a service company may be at work on a certain floor. All relevant information that contributes to a successful break-in…

As is often the case, movies run far ahead of reality. There are few Facilities Management organisations that can make their building information magically appear as fast as the break-in hacker. Yet, this time is quickly approaching. Building information is increasingly more often made available with the aid of Building Information Modeling (BIM). With the right preliminary preparations, a BIM model can be linked to the Facilities Management processes, so that a current 3D environment continues to be available during the building’s maintenance and management phases as well. The technology is ready for this. It is therefore only a question of time before we start seeing the technologies already used in my favourite movies become actual reality in the Facilities Management domain.

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