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Will FM be the catalyst for all future building projects?

Published 9th July, 2013 by Neil Nixon

Will FM be the catalyst for all future building projects?

At the recent Facilities Show, the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and guests debated the question 'Is FM the catalyst for all future building projects?' as part of a panel discussion at the three-day trade show and exhibition.

“With the design and construction end of the supply chain starting to look towards facilities management (FM) and occupiers for earlier engagement in the building process, as well as closing the feedback loop to inform future design as part of the post occupancy handover, it seems fair to question whether there will be a time when FMs and occupiers will drive future building projects,” said Gareth Tancred, CEO of BIFM.

With building information modelling (BIM) and Government Soft Landings (GSL) being mandated from 2016 as part of the UK government's construction strategy, the discussion aims to give an overview of some of the key themes and issues being asked of those working at grass-roots across the built environment sector. For example, is the built environment ready for this new way of working together? Do FMs have the skills to be able to engage with the rest of the built environment supply chain? And, whether in practice, designers will ever be interested in a building's performance after handover has been completed?

The panel discussion was chaired by Gareth Tancred. Taking part were building information modelling (BIM) ambassador Richard Saxon CBE, James Warne from Boom Collective, Martin Read from FM World, and Emma Bailey from Agents4FM.

Tancred continued: “Richard Saxon's recent report 'BIM for Growth' highlighted the significance of the built environment classified as property, construction and facilities management all working together. It clearly showed together they contribute 15% of the UK GDP. It also demonstrates how BIM technology can underpin a new collaborative way of working within the built environment, breaking down years of tradition and protocol. BIFM recognises the importance of this and wants to ensure that, far from being a paper-based ideology, facilities management understands the role it can play as new BIM protocols become common-place and start to be adopted within building projects.”

The panel discussion aimed to provide an insight into this vast area that highlighted key themes and discussion points to be considered for the future.

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