Survey finds over a third of facilities maintenance professionals are not familiar with BIM


A Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) survey has uncovered a lack of building information modelling (BIM) knowledge among facilities management (FM) professionals.

Just over a third (35%) of FM professionals surveyed said they were not familiar with BIM or its uses.

Of those aware of BIM, 50.5% cited the initial investment and maintenance costs associated with implementing BIM as a main concern.

Johnny Dunford, global commercial property director at RICS, said any upfront costs to BIM would be offset by “significant returns” from FM professionals having access to reliable data about properties.

He added: “Clearly the benefits of BIM and the competitive advantage it provides are not fully appreciated by the FM industry.

“It is vital that the entire property industry works together to ensure the data BIM produces is transferable across the different professions operating at every stage of a building’s life-cycle.

“By embracing BIM, FM professionals not only gain additional skills but can also become involved at the design stage as an educated consultant.”

RICS is working with the government and other interest groups to raise awareness of BIM among FM professionals.