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11 August 2017 | Updated 01 January 1970

Survey shows that eighty-three per cent of FM professionals believe BIM will support the delivery of facilities management

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has the potential to deliver significant benefits to the facilities management industry, according to the results of a new survey published August 10 by The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM).

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.

The key findings of the survey are:  Eighty-three per cent of respondents believe BIM will help support the delivery of facilities management, with the same number indicating it is already having an impact, or will do so, in the next five years.

Eighty-one per cent agree or strongly agree that BIM may offer companies that adopt and use it an advantage over those that do not. Eighty-three per cent agree or strongly agree that BIM has the potential to deliver significant added value to FM.

Only 39.8 per cent have some experience of being involved in a BIM project and just 20 per cent have direct experience of writing or implementing an Asset Management Strategy.

Seventy-two per cent say the FM industry is not yet clear what BIM is and 67 per cent disagree or strongly disagree that the FM industry is well prepared to deal with BIM projects, indicating more work needs to be done to ensure people are better informed about and more prepared for BIM projects.

This aligns with the 91.3 per cent of respondents who agree or strongly agree that facilities managers would benefit from more familiarisation with BIM to be able to define the outputs in the BIM process.

BIFM’s research and information manager Peter Brogan said: “It is clear from the survey’s feedback that the majority of FM professionals both in the UK and internationally are aware of BIM and interestingly, a high percentage of people indicated they felt BIM might offer organisations a competitive advantage. However, the level of awareness and familiarisation varies widely across the FM industry, with approximately half of the respondents indicating that FM is not yet really sure what BIM is.

“BIFM recognises this is an important requirement to do more to help support people who are starting on their BIM journey and want to get up to speed.”

Some of the key benefits of BIM to FM highlighted by the research are:

  • Helping strategic decision making about asset maintenance and management.
  • Visualisation in terms of customer perception of their buildings and assets.
  • Visualisation for maintenance staff for planning maintenance and health and safety issues.
  • The transfer of data from construction into CAFM and other software tools.

Brogan continued: “There were indications that some people felt BIM has been perhaps oversold and that significant work still needs to be done by the FM industry (in partnership with the AEC industries) to help ensure the potential benefits of BIM can be both planned for and realised in the operational phase of assets.

“Although the wider benefits are generally acknowledged, they perhaps need to be made more transparent and better promoted to facilities managers, clients and investors in order that they understand why they should buy into, and equally as important, drive the BIM process by defining their needs at the start of the process.

“Respondents also indicated they had concerns regarding access to, and the cost, of training associated with BIM. This is another important point which has been picked up by BIFM; the need for more BIM training specific to clients and facilities managers with a focus on understanding how to plan what information is needed and how they will access data in 3D models at handover.

“The research has provided valuable information to help BIFM benchmark current levels of awareness and understanding of BIM across the FM profession.”


Healthcare facilities management market lucrative opportunities, reports TMR

An intelligence study by Transparency Market Research (TMR) has detected that the global healthcare facilities management market is divided among a number of players, who are constantly enhancing their products as well as the standard of services in order to sustain market share and even gain some ground.

In the near future, the TMR report expects collaborations with domestic vendors as another key strategy by the prominent companies of the global healthcare facilities management market, such as Aramark, Founders3 Real Estate Services, Jones Lang LaSalle, IP, Inc., Compass Group PLC, ABM, OCS Group, Mitie Group PLC, Vanguard Resources, Medxcel Facilities Management, Sodexo, Ecolab USA Inc., ISS World Services A/S. The report also overviews a few promising regional players, such as Serco Group Plc. and Manutencoop Facility Management S.p.A.

As per the projections of the TMR report, the global healthcare facilities management market is prospering, and the demand will continue to increment at an impressive CAGR of 13.4% during the forecast period of 2017 to 2025. The report estimates the global market for healthcare facilities management to be worth US$577.9 bilion by the end of 2025, significantly up from its evaluated valuation of 187.35 billion in 2016.

With no clear leader, the competitive landscape of the global healthcare facilities is anticipated to offer new opportunities for both prominent as well emerging players.


Cleaning remains most important segment

Based on type of services, the TMR report segments the global healthcare facilities management market into hard services including plumbing, air conditioning maintenance, fire protection systems, mechanical and electrical maintenance and fabric maintenance; and soft services including cleaning and pest control, laundry, catering, waste management, security, and administrative services. Among all these, the soft services sub-segment of cleaning and pest control currently serves the maximum demand and is expected to remain most lucrative throughout the forecast period, as maintaining a clean environment in highly contaminated surrounding of healthcare facilities is paramount.


Asia Pacific projected for an excellent growth rate

Geographically, the report rates North America and Europe as most profitable regions, wherein a number of developed countries have robust healthcare infrastructure. However, the vastly populated region of Asia Pacific, which houses a number of emerging economies, is projected for the most prominent growth rate during the forecast period of 2017 to 2025. Popularity of medical tourism and increasing disposable income of the urban population are some of the primary reason why a number of key companies in the healthcare facilities management market are having a foray in Asia Pacific.


ISS cleans up with Hitachi Rail contract

ISS has secured a new contract with Hitachi Rail for the IEP (Intercity Express Programme) for Great Western Main Line. The three year contract will see ISS providing fleet cleaning services at Hitachi’s Train Maintenance Centres stabilising the brand new fleet of trains.


ASW signs four-year agreement with Family Housing Association

 ASW Property Services, a property services specialist covering Wales, the Midlands and the South West of England, has signed an agreement with Family Housing Association, a registered social landlord in Swansea, to maintain its 2,800 properties over the next four years.

The deal creates job security for more than 100 staff employed by ASW, will enable the company to invest in apprenticeships and provides certainty and a quality service for the tenants of properties managed by Family Housing Association.

The deal was signed this week (ending Aug 11) by Anthony Thomas, managing director of ASW, and Karen Dusgate, chief executive of Family Housing Association, which develops and manages homes for thousands of people across South West Wales from Pembrokeshire in the west to Neath Port Talbot in the east.

As a result of the agreement, tenants will be able to access a responsive, emergency hotline available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, which they can call if they have problems in their homes. Emergencies will be attended within 2 hours by ASW.

ASW will also be responsible for refurbishing void properties when tenants have moved out, making them available as quickly as possible to the next residents. Its target in terms of turnaround time is just ten days – significantly faster than the industry average.

The agreement also means that ASW can invest in training a new generation of apprentices. ASW’s Thomas estimates that in the duration of the four-year deal, up to 16 apprentices will work on properties owned by Family Housing Association. He stresses that such schemes are critical when it comes to being able to invest in training a new generation of workers. ASW will also engage with the local communities providing work experience placements and supporting local community projects.

Anthony Thomas said: “Agreements such as this are important to both organisations for several reasons. It gives the tenants of Family Housing Association a reliable and high quality service they can call on at any time and know they will receive good service. For us, it allows us to plan over the next four years in terms of our workforce and training. We will be able to invest in training apprentices while offering job security to our existing staff. On top of that, all our staff live locally and therefore also spend their wages locally, keeping wealth in the area and boosting the local economy in a way that does not happen if larger companies from further afield are awarded such work.”


Sodexo given Employer Recognition Scheme Gold

Sodexo is among a number of organisations named by the MoD on Aug 8 who will receive the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award, which recognises employers who actively support the armed forces community in their workplace and also encourage others to follow their lead.

The ERS Gold Award acknowledges Sodexo, an early signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, for actively encouraging other organisations to support the armed forces community, supporting and recognising reservists and also commitment to service welfare for services leavers.


Corrigenda win Hampshire County Council contract

Corrigenda has been awarded a substantial engineering term maintenance contract for Hampshire County Council to provide engineering reactive and cyclical maintenance for its buildings and those of other participants such as; Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services located in the East sector of the County.

Since August 1, Corrigenda has been providing a full helpdesk service and 24/7 call out system for every day of each year and for the duration of the term. This will include the provision for receiving and assessing calls from building occupants and the deployment of competent maintenance staff to meet the defined response times to make safe and carry out repairs.

Paul Spencer, Corrigenda Company Director, said: “We are confident that our knowledge and experience within the geographical area will help us to work collaboratively with the council and their participants to ensure that we continue to provide the high-quality services that is expected. We also received 30 brand new vans for the new team members, which were delivered by Southern Motor Contracts (SMC) who are Corrigenda’s newly appointed fleet management provider."


City FM appoints new CEO

City, one of the UK’s largest privately owned facilities management companies has appointed Campbell Murdoch as Chief Operating Officer for its City FM Ltd business.

Further to the recent acquisition of Lesprit Ltd in April 2017 which currently trades as Maintenance Management Ltd (based in Milton Keynes) and Atrium Maintenance France (in Lille, France), City has plans to expand its operations across Europe.

Picture: Corrigenda staff and new vans

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 11 August 2017


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