FM:Systems: Evolving Revit models for each phase of a building’s life


One of the challenges that building owners who implement lifecycle BIM face is the difference between the BIM models created for design and construction and the BIM models needed for operation. Although with proper procedures, building data can and should flow from one phase to the next, it is useful to identify at least four types of BIM models…

  • BIM Design Models: These are created by architects and engineers with the objective of first defining the conceptual design and ultimately producing construction documents…
  • BIM Construction Models: Contractors and subcontractors will use these models to aid in staging and detect potential conflicts using clash detection before encountering the issues in the field.
  • BIM As-Built Model: This is created by the general contractor, subcontractors and suppliers. Traditionally, this information has been provided as a set of paper working drawings…
  • BIM FM Model: This model is derived primarily from input from the BIM As-Built Model. When creating the BIM FM Model, the following modifications are made…

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Planon: Why do most real estate managers still need to know BIM?


Many real estate managers are rather surprised when their contractor shows up with loads of information at the hand-over of a new construction project. “It is all the information you need for the operational phase” he will say. Adding, “As we are really innovative, you will find everything in a digital model, called BIM.” After a discussion, in which the real estate manager explains that he only needs a small portion, a common response of the contractor is: “Real Estate & Facility Management is still old-fashioned, they don’t know what they need!” Is this a fair response?

The information challenge

Typically, users of an Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) have dealt with this challenge for many years. They have probably invested in maintaining CAD drawings to be able to import the gross and net m² of their spaces and updated their building assets at a relative high level. They have had to make maintenance budgets based on estimations of the amount of glass m² of their facades. When preparing for a renovation, they hire an architect to do exact measurements, which has always been the base for comparing offers of contractors to do their work.

Getting the most out of BIM

As contractors and architects are currently re-developing their business plans based on the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), real estate managers are still investigating what this could mean for them. What possible benefits exist for maintaining a space with 3D dimensions? Or, which self-service/job-handling processes can really be improved by walking through a 3D model? Real estate managers that receive a BIM model will now have a hundred times more assets available than before. However, who will benefit from this type of information?

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IV94517: Space area is incorrect after import using Revit and BIM


After importing a space record using the IBM TRIRIGA Connector for BIM and Autodesk Revit, TRIRIGA displays an incorrect value of the space “area” of the imported drawing.

The fix will involve setting the UOM type for the triBIMFloor and triBIMSpace area fields to Square-Feet, since the values from BIM are always Square-Feet values. This will ensure that the workflow mappings from the triBIMFloor and triBIMSpace records to their respective triFloor and triSpace records will include UOM conversion.

So, for example, if the target triFloor and triSpace records are defined as Square-Meters, the workflow will inherently convert the Square-Feet values (on triBIMFloor and triBIMSpace) to Square-Meter values.

[Admin: A similar article is also posted in the IBM Support Portal.]

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IBM TRIRIGA and RedSys offer ERP for commercial real estate


[Google Translated from Russian]

ERP for Real Estate: To Help Managers

In the IT market, there are a number of systems for the management of commercial real estate, both Russian and foreign. Many of them work on transactional basis. There are integrated solutions, covering all aspects of property management. One of these solutions is developed by the RedSys Russian company, which is based on IBM TRIRIGA software platform, widely used around the world for the management of assets. Features of the solution – through management of the facility, which includes all areas: financial, commercial, operational, etc. Users can do powerful visualization and reporting, which allow you to control the object from different points of view.

The building is presented in such a system in the form of a floor plan, for which the information can be obtained from three-dimensional models of BIM-systems, which clearly demonstrates all the necessary data to the customer: the occupancy of space, the number of tenants, the state of infrastructure, financial performance, and more. Also in their judgment, RedSys has built project management tools with the possibility of the plan, attach documents, and reporting on deviations from the terms of the tasks. Of particular note, and analytical capabilities of solutions that enable owners and top management to keep abreast…

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ERP для недвижимости: В помощь менеджерам

На ИТ-рынке существует ряд систем для управления коммерческой недвижимостью, как российских, так и зарубежных. Многие из них работают по транзакционному принципу. Есть и комплексные решения, охватывающие все аспекты управления недвижимостью. Одним из таких решений является разработка российской компании RedSys, в основе которой лежит программная платформа IBM Tririga, широко используемая во всем мире для управления активами. Особенности данного решения — сквозное управление объектом, включающее все направления: финансовое, коммерческое, эксплуатационное и т. д. Пользователям доступны мощные средства визуализации и представления информации, которые позволяют управлять объектом с различных точек зрения.

Здание представлено в такой системе в виде поэтажного плана, информацию для которого можно получить из трехмерных моделей BIM-систем, где наглядно демонстрируются все нужные заказчику данные: заполняемость площадей, количество арендаторов, состояние инфраструктуры, финансовые показатели и прочее. Также в составе решения от RedSys имеются встроенные средства управления проектами с возможностью ведения плана, прикрепления документов и формирования отчетов по отклонениям от сроков выполнения задач. Особо следует отметить и аналитические возможности решения, позволяющие владельцам и топ-менеджменту держать руку на пульсе…

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Planon: Is BIM just a big information mess?


What to watch for when preparing for building information modeling (BIM) adoption? Although mitigation measures will be available for any impediments, the total picture is probably still pretty complex to allow for a wide and swift adoption of BIM technology for the lifecycle of buildings…

The BIM technology industry itself has yet to address some specific requirements inherent to building lifecycle management. BIM technology needs to move from a project-tool-set proposition to a digital business service. Developments in IT are moving fast and one can expect the BIM vendors to address them…

There are several indisputable reasons why BIM is slowly but steadily being adopted in specific industries and areas… In addition to avoiding this wasted time and money, there are two other primary reasons why organisations are shifting towards inclusion of BIM in their facility management processes:

  • On an operational level, the visualisations that BIM provides can enable higher levels of efficiency and security in operating and maintaining the facilities.
  • Another reason is compliance. There are governments who demand the use of BIM systems in order for permits to be granted for building development. Other governments require the availability of BIM models for any facility they occupy or rent…

[Admin: This post is related to the 02.28.17 article by FacilitiesNet about using BIM for FM.]

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FM:Systems FM:Interact and the Autodesk Forge Viewer


We’ve been integrating bi-directionally between our FM:Interact Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) and Revit models since 2010 and have been on the forefront of Lifecycle BIM since then. For the most part, building owners who are going to utilize Revit models for day-to-day facilities operations primarily relied upon 2D plan views generated from the model for all aspects of managing their facilities including space and occupancy planning, assets and maintenance management, etc.

Traditionally, plan views have provided a tremendous amount of information to facilities teams, especially intelligent plans, where users can query a drawing and get direct feedback on space and assets on the plan. Over the past two years, we’ve been integrating 3D viewing technology from Autodesk to help our customers take better advantage of the entire model.

We’ve recently updated FM:Interact to the latest Forge Viewer from Autodesk and the results are truly fantastic. The Autodesk Forge Viewer gives us the next generation graphics engine that enables our customers to take greater advantage of their Revit models for operations. Here are some of the top reasons why the time is right now and why we are now making this fantastic viewer available to FM:Interact customers who are using Revit models in their implementations of our software.

  • Speed: Revit models can be large…
  • Data: 3D model viewers have been around for years…
  • Ease of use: The majority of the end users on facility teams…
  • Accessibility: Facility team members are more mobile than ever…

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What is the significance of the Floor Level in the Floor form?


What is the significance of the Floor Level field in the Floor form? It is a required numerical field. I am trying to understand how this field is being used. It is straight-forward if we have a 1st Floor, 2nd Floor; it will be 1, 2 for Floor Level. However, in our old system, we had a Floor Level field that was open text. We came up with a standard to use B1, B2 for Basement 1, Basement 2. For Mezzanine, we use M1, M2, etc. How are you handling these exceptions?

It is used in stacking to order the floors in the building. It might be used in other applications as well. The BIM integration with Revit initially populates it with the elevation of the floor. This works for stacking, as it just needs the lower floors to have a lower value. You can manually change the values to (say) -1, 1, 2, 3, 4 if that makes more sense to your users.

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