The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has launched a new guide for FM professionals working with clients on Building Information Modelling (BIM) construction projects.
The guide titled Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR) is a practical document that has been put together to support clients using BIM, showing clients how to specify their exact requirements for the design and construction phase of a built asset through to its full life-time operation, and provides a template which can be edited and amended by the client or facility manager to meet individual requirements for the project.
EIR follows the publication of BIFM’s Operational Readiness Guide published in April 2016, when it became a requirement for construction projects commissioned by Central Government to use BIM for their procurement and delivery. Building experts believe BIM can streamline the construction process, delivering gains in cost and carbon reduction, with many private sector clients now also employing BIM across a wide range of built assets.
Speaking about the new guide, Peter Brogan, research and information manager at BIFM, said:
“The Employer’s Information Requirements complements other guidance published by BIFM relating to FM’s role in BIM projects, all with the aim of supporting facilities management professionals to understand their role in the BIM process.
“Creating a client EIR is an essential part of the BIM process. Employer’s Information Requirements has been designed to give FM professionals a template which can help their clients create the right tender document. The EIR’s structured framework provides specific guidance for the client’s information requirements in a BIM project.”
The guide was authored by Simon Ashworth, FM specialist at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
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