Operational Readiness

FM Awareness of Building Information Modelling


Survey report August 2017

The FM Awareness of Building Information Modelling survey, developed in partnership with Liverpool John Moores 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.

> BIFM members can download the survey report: FM Awareness of Building Information Modelling (BIM) here

> Non members can download the survey report: FM Awareness of Building Information Modelling (BIM) here


Employer’s information requirements (EIR)

EIREmployer’s Information Requirements (EIR) Guidance

Employer’s Information Requirements offers a practical overview to support clients using BIM (building information modelling).

Presented in user-friendly manner, it shows clients how to specify their exact requirements for the design and construction phase of a built asset through to its full life-time operation.

The purpose of the EIR will support both FM professionals and clients by providing a template which can be edited and amended by the client or facilities manager to meet individual requirements for the project.

To gain further insight on the EIR please download our overview document. This is available to members here and non-members can gain access here.

If you would like to read the full document then BIFM members can access this here. Non-members you can purchase your guide for £29.99 here.

Alongside the full copy of this documentation is an editable word document to enable you to create your own Employer Information Requirements. This is available to BIFM members  free of charge here. This is available to non-members of the institute on purchase of the full guide here.

Operational Readiness Guide:

A guide to ensuring long term effectiveness in the design and construction process

The guidance provides practical insight of the roles and responsibilities of the FM discipline at each stage of the RIBA Plan of Work process.

Please note the file is over 4MB

BIFM Members can download here >

Not a member? Purchase your copy here for £29.99 >

A series of webinars have also been launched, find out more here >


Here are some useful resources to assist your understanding of BIM and Soft Landings in the context of FM.

Soft Landings. Fast Facts for FM

Providing a quick overview of soft landings, and what it means for FM professionals.

This fact sheet is for anyone with little or no knowledge of facilities management. It outlines the benefits ‘soft landings’ and how it applies to the discipline of adopting a soft landings approach to construction projects as well as offering basic guidance to Facilities Managers (FMs) as to what to consider when embracing this new way of working.

Download Soft Landing Fact sheet PDF

Articles of interest

There are many interesting articles and sources of BIM and GSL research available online. This includes the following articles published by FM World:

FM’s critical involvement in BIM
Facilities management’s role in the maintenance of building information models (BIM) was always going to be a major talking point in 2016. The government set a deadline of 4 April 2016 for when BIM Level 2 would become mandatory for all new central government contracts. This article explored how ready FM was for this deadline.

Without BIM, FM risks falling into 'death valley'
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is “becoming the norm”, according to lecturer Simon Ashworth speaking at an event on information management in FM.

Could BIM transform the way we design, construct, and manage buildings?
Richard Byatt reports from Bristol on a project for the University of the West of England.

Building services SMEs ‘not ready’ for BIM
Small and medium-sized firms could be “frozen out” of billions of pounds of central government contracts, says the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).

In the run-up to the approaching mandatory use of ‘BIM Level 2’ in all Whitehall-procured contracts, the ECA survey found that 54 per cent of contractors with a turnover of less than £1 million are “not ready at all” for Building Information Modelling (BIM). Thirty per cent of companies with earnings between £1 million and £20 million say the same.

Under 6% of companies ‘fully ready’ for BIM
Fewer than one in six firms (16 per cent) in the building services sector are ‘fully ready’ to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) on projects, according to a survey from the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).

The government deadline for the mandatory use of ‘BIM Level 2’ in all Whitehall-procured contracts is just months away, but nearly six in 10 firms (57 per cent) admitted they were not fully ready, while more than one in four (27 per cent) said they were “not ready at all”.

Leveraging the data in BIM
Linking building management systems (BMS) with building information models (BIM) can ‘liberate building management data from the FM’s desktop’, as one project has established.

Building information modelling cropped up several times at April’s CIBSE Technical Symposium in London, with particular attention on the application of BIM for FMs.

BIFM Good Practice Guide to Asset Management AssetManagementGPGSurveying Practice

Reviewing and presenting accurate asset data is crucial to implementing BIM & Soft Landings in FM operations. BIFM has published this Good Practice Guide to support you in ensuring that your asset data is ready and fit for purpose.

This guide to Asset Management Surveying Practice will support FM professionals in producing meaningful asset data that meets increasing expectations of clients, adds value to FM operations and supports business decision making.

Download Good Practice Guide PDF (members)
Purchase Good Practice Guide (non members)

BIM Academy Case studies



Demonstrating the practical ways in which BIM and soft landings can be used.


The following case studies highlight the
financial, environmental and key benefits
gained by utilising BIM across a variety
of facilities management projects.

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