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BIM Uses

Asset Management

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A process in which an organized management system will efficiently aid in the maintenance and operation of a facility and its assets. These assets, consisting of the physical building, systems, surrounding environment, and equipment, must be maintained, upgraded, and operated at an efficiency which will satisfy both the owner and users at the lowest appropriate cost. It assists in financial decision-making, as well as short-term and long-term planning. Asset Management utilizes the data contained in a record model to determine cost implications of changing or upgrading building assets, segregate costs of assets for financial tax purposes, and maintain a current comprehensive database that can produce the value of a company's assets.

Potential Value:

  • Store operations, maintenance owner user manuals, and equipment specifications.
  • Perform and analyze facility and equipment condition assessments
  • Maintain up-to-date facility and equipment data including but not limited to maintenance schedules, warranties, cost data, upgrades, replacements, damages/deterioration, maintenance records, manufacturer's data, and equipment functionality
  • Provide one comprehensive source for tracking the use, performance, and maintenance of a building's assets for the owner, maintenance team, and financial department
  • Produce accurate quantity takeoffs of current company assets which aids in financial reporting, bidding, and estimating the future cost implications of upgrades or replacements of a particular asset.
  • Allow for future updates of record model to show current building asset information after upgrades, replacements, or maintenance by tracking changes
  • Aid financial department in efficiently analyzing different types of assets through an increased level of visualization
  • Increase the opportunity for measurement and verification of systems during building occupation

Resources Required:

  • 3D Model manipulation
  • Asset Management system

Team Competencies Required:

  • Ability to manipulate, navigate, and review a 3D Model
  • Ability to manipulate an asset management system
  • Knowledge of tax requirements and related financial software
  • Knowledge of construction and the operation of a building (replacements, upgrades, etc.)
  • Knowledge of which assets are worth tracking, whether the building is dynamic vs. static, and the end needs of the building to satisfy the owner

Selected Resources:


Penn State