Rich data, ready for FM
A forward-thinking joint initiative between BAM and Great Portland Estates meant this was the first project to incorporate the customer’s own Asset Information Requirements (AIRs). This approach means that the data the customer needs to be available for handover to the Facilities Management (FM) phase is clearly specified from the outset.
The asset information model developed during the construction and installation stages provided verified, useable information by BAM FM, who are providing FM services for the first three years of the building’s operation.
As a result, site visits are more efficient and the FM team can assess health and safety risks in advance: so a higher proportion of issues can be fixed first time. This in turn reduces FM costs for the customer and means less disruption for tenants.
An ongoing asset history is also being gradually built up, which will be used to monitor and improve the performance of the building over its lifespan. BAM is using BIM 360 Field to add more data and documents to this rich repository of information: from manuals and maintenance schedules, to photos and checklists.
Mobile FM engineers are using iPads to walk through and interrogate this 3D virtual environment, select pieces of equipment, display or add to the existing data. Checklists for routine and statutory maintenance activities are being added, to create digital maintenance records. And key assets (as well as those that require statutory testing) are marked with barcodes/QR codes that can be read in BIM 360 Field, so that engineers can check that their records are accurate and consistent.
BAM won the building category at the 2017 Synchro Digital Construction Awards, for its use of Synchro’s 4D planning software at 30 Broadwick Street.