BIM for FM platforms will never place a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), the main system utilized by Maintenance Managers and teams. People register and reports maintenance plans, work orders, Inventory, etc. at CMMS. All the assets have a specific record in the CMMS where the work order history and planned maintenance can be reviewed. Bottom line, CMMS (or EAM=Enterprise Asset Management) will be around for quite a while and they’re extremely beneficial.
Leveraging BIM models for maintenance processes can add value in several areas, here are the three most common:
1. Technician Training
More experienced team members don’t last forever, and technology changes quickly. So companies need to update and train new employees more often than ever. People set up BIM models to use in training to help trainees understand the system, relationships between assets and make virtual moves. Student interaction with an easy-to-use interface makes it easier to understand and retain information. This method is clearly better than written documents, floor plans or PowerPoint slides.
2. Maintenance Planning
Teams need to know a fair amount of information about the work that needs to be done to execute the maintenance plan effectively. 3D modeling allows them to assess equipment location, accessibility, upstream and downstream impacts, and more. Although this information exists in the drawing, the 3D view is more intuitive. Realistic images are also provided to help technicians get more accurate information.
3. Trouble Shooting
When something goes wrong, response time is paramount to avoid extended downtime or associated risks. With BIM, the technician can quickly isolate systems and find out where the critical components or shut-off valves are located. Trying to find that out through 2D drawings can be VERY time-consuming.
To summarize, CMMS systems work alongside BIM to support maintenance processes. However, as we have explained in previous articles, BIM’s audience is engineers and architects, while CMMS users are maintenance folks. For all the above to take place, adoption is a must, and the BIM platform must be very intuitive and simple to interact with.
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