As the digitization of buildings continues to evolve, we see that more solutions are coming on board while new collaborations are happening between many of the older systems. For instance, take the relationship forged between two major software in this sector – Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS).

Each of these systems plays distinct roles at different stages of building lifecycle management. Below are the basics of what you need to know about both of them and what they can do for your facility.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

BIM is a 3D digital system that integrates all the smart and structured data about a construction project to present a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of the finished building. The Building Information Modeling process begins with creating an intelligent 3D model that allows simulations, changes, document management, and coordination during the different project phases – planning, designing, building, operations, and maintenance.

Why is BIM Important?

The 3D model produced using this software contains every detail of the proposed building. Stakeholders can then use this model to explore various design options and see what the finished building will look like.

Later on after project completion, BIM data remains relevant as a basis for making decisions for the rest of the facility’s life-cycle till demolition.

Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)

CMMS came into being as a means to simplify and streamline maintenance management. It is a powerful repository of all the maintenance information about a facility and all the mechanical and electrical systems there. Thus, it’s users have insight into every area of their maintenance operations and they are in the best position to make informed and proactive decisions about their facility.

Why is CMMS Important?

No matter the industry, more and more organizations are adopting a CMMS solution as it provides the safest and most cost-efficient tool for managing any kind of building.

With the introduction of cloud-based CMMS, the ease of use deployment and implementation gives building managers the kind of proactive control over available resources like never seen in past decades.

CMMS and BIM: Making A Connection

Both of these systems are unique with very different functions, but their relationship is undeniable. Although we can see that CMMS takes over every aspect of a building’s operations and maintenance after construction, that does not mean that BIM ceases to be important when CMMS comes on board.

Just like a building – no matter how beautiful – is only as solid as its foundation, the data from BIM carries over to the operations and maintenance of the finished assets. This data serves as the “foundation” for maintenance and is useful later on for cost-effective renovation and other activities.

If you are currently planning a building project, it’s advisable that you seriously consider how each of this software will facilitate your venture and benefit your business. For instance, a modern CMMS solution will complement and support your business growth such as:

  • Mobile-enabled Capability
  • Preventive Maintenance Planning (PM)
  • Project Management (PPM)
  • Work Order Management (WO)
  • Asset Management
  • Spare Parts Inventory Management
  • Easy Integration with Other Units (e.g. HR/Payroll/Accounting)
  • Cloud-based Support
  • Condition-based and Predictive Maintenance Capability
  • Report Generation
  • Vendor Management
  • Quality Control
  • Enterprise Asset Management (EAM)

Building construction and maintenance are not to be taken lightly. With the effects of inflation and other factors, you will likely spend more on maintenance over the remaining life of a building than the initial construction costs.

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