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BIFM incorporates Building Information Modelling into the FM Professional Standards

15-02-17 11:13 BIFM

BIFM has incorporated Building Information Modelling (BIM) into the Facilities Management Professional Standards to reflect the growing impact it has on the working practices of FM professionals.


The addition follows a BIFM survey, run in late summer 2016 in conjunction with UK Construction Week, which revealed that 85 per cent of respondents support opportunities to fully integrate FM throughout the building project life cycle.


The majority of those who took the survey also agreed that BIM can help support the ongoing delivery of facilities management beyond initial construction, suggesting that the sector is astute to understanding the value that BIM technology adds to construction projects.


Launched in 2014 and forming a global competence model for the industry, the FM Professional Standards clearly define the key functions performed by FMs, the main components of each functional area and the competences that are required to be a proficient professional when carrying out those functions.

The competences are defined for each level in a FM’s career and can be used to benchmark skills, knowledge and competence for those working at all levels in the FM profession.


Since being introduced, the FM Professional Standards now underpin BIFM’s training, qualifications and professional development activities and have been adopted by leading employers, such as Carillion and Sodexo.


The update to include BIM recognises the need to meet the requirements of FMs as the industry adapts to the challenges and opportunities that it will bring to the profession.


BIFM acting chief executive Linda Hausmanis said: “As an Institute committed to excellence in facilities management, this latest addition to the FM Professional Standards is crucial in acknowledging the ever-evolving FM landscape.


“BIFM has long recognised the importance of BIM to the working practices of our members and we have made great strides in positioning FM as a key player in the progression of BIM and the whole construction project lifecycle.


“Our first FM Leaders’ Forum recognised our role as custodians of future building information and since then we’ve been advocating BIM in FM projects and have published our own BIFM Operational Readiness Guide.


“It’s therefore fitting we now have BIM within the Property Portfolio Management functional area of the Professional Standards, which have been endorsed by leading employers in the sector, to ensure FM maximises and protects the value of property assets and ensure all new building projects and refurbishments are fit for purpose.”


FM professionals, employers and learners can download the FM Professional Standard here.


> There is still time to contribute to a new piece of BIFM research to measure the level of understanding of BIM within the FM sector. The survey, developed in partnership with Liverpool John Moore University and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, aims to establish a benchmark of the current perceptions of the impact of BIM on the FM sector and the benefits and challenges it presents. The survey is open until 28 February and is available here.

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