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Advances in Civil Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 189105, 8 pages
Research Article

Engagement of Facilities Management in Design Stage through BIM: Framework and a Case Study

1School of Built Environment, Curtin University of Western Australia, Australia
2School of Construction Management and Real Estate, Chongqing University, China
3CCDI, China

Received 13 November 2012; Revised 24 March 2013; Accepted 8 April 2013

Academic Editor: Ghassan Chehab

Copyright © 2013 Ying Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Considering facilities management (FM) at the early design stage could potentially reduce the efforts for maintenance during the operational phase of facilities. Few efforts in construction industry have involved facility managers into the design phase. It was suggested that early adoption of facilities management will contribute to reducing the needs for major repairs and alternations that will otherwise occur at the operational phase. There should be an integrated data source providing information support for the building lifecycle. It is envisaged that Building Information Modelling (BIM) would fill the gap by acting as a visual model and a database throughout the building lifecycle. This paper develops a framework of how FM can be considered in design stage through BIM. Based on the framework, the paper explores how BIM will beneficially support FM in the design phase, such as space planning and energy analysis. A case study of using BIM to design facility managers’ travelling path in the maintenance process is presented. The results show that early adoption of FM in design stage with BIM can significantly reduce life cycle costs.