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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 124249, 10 pages
Research Article

Developing Mobile- and BIM-Based Integrated Visual Facility Maintenance Management System

Department of Civil Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, No. 1 Chung-Hsiao E. Road, Section 3, Taipei 10608, Taiwan

Received 5 August 2013; Accepted 27 August 2013

Academic Editors: E. W. L. Cheng, Y. H. Chiang, and N. Ryan

Copyright © 2013 Yu-Cheng Lin and Yu-Chih Su. 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.


Facility maintenance management (FMM) has become an important topic for research on the operation phase of the construction life cycle. Managing FMM effectively is extremely difficult owing to various factors and environments. One of the difficulties is the performance of 2D graphics when depicting maintenance service. Building information modeling (BIM) uses precise geometry and relevant data to support the maintenance service of facilities depicted in 3D object-oriented CAD. This paper proposes a new and practical methodology with application to FMM using BIM technology. Using BIM technology, this study proposes a BIM-based facility maintenance management (BIMFMM) system for maintenance staff in the operation and maintenance phase. The BIMFMM system is then applied in selected case study of a commercial building project in Taiwan to verify the proposed methodology and demonstrate its effectiveness in FMM practice. Using the BIMFMM system, maintenance staff can access and review 3D BIM models for updating related maintenance records in a digital format. Moreover, this study presents a generic system architecture and its implementation. The combined results demonstrate that a BIMFMM-like system can be an effective visual FMM tool.