The integration of BIM systems into CMMS asset maintenance tools makes it possible to have accurate, up-to-date information on the company’s assets in real time, increasing business knowledge to facilitate maintenance and technical management, but also to make well-informed strategic decisions.

This integration makes it possible to significantly reduce the time it takes to put infrastructures and assets into operation, by associating the structures defined from the point of view of their construction with those required for their future operation.

Intelligent asset management with BIM technologies

Intelligent asset management with BIM technologies allows all system users to access information in a shared manner. Managers have real-time information on costs, technical characteristics of equipment, guarantees, availability of devices, inspections and controls, documentation or consumption, among others.

This information integrated into a CMMS improves the efficiency of infrastructure and facility maintenance.

BIM contributes to asset management as a critical enabler of both the desired performance of assets and the effectiveness and optimisation of in-service costs during the operation and maintenance phase.

With an adequate BIM strategy it is feasible to obtain a better approximation of the following information:

  • Life expectancy data of assets and materials.
  • Descriptions of the potential of interventions for maintenance or asset replacement and their costs.
  • Asset history such as maintenance, turnover, renewals and replacements; and events such as accidents or other incidents.

It allows asset managers to enter the decision-making process at a much earlier stage, where they can influence the optimisation of maintenance costs and improved operational performance.

Benefits of integrating BIM into asset management

  1. Maintenance Management Tool, which incorporates the purchase and maintenance processes into the system, increasing the know-how about the facilities and about the business in general.
  2. Energy Efficiency Tool, which allows us to monitor and store historical consumption and carry out real-time simulations to optimise energy expenditure.
  3. Documentary Management Tool, which provides the system with updated documentation generated in management operations during the life cycle of the asset.
  4. Legal Management Tool, which incorporates into the system information regarding the status of legalisations and the risks derived from the lack of them.
  5. Environmental Management Tool, which includes information for the traceability of all operations that affect environmental regulations.

These disciplines must be incorporated into the system, both for existing non-modelled assets and for those that are gradually being incorporated into the model. However, in order to integrate them into the BIM model, these tools must be able to support the reading, importing and exporting of IFC files, according to the standard defined in the project.

Through these tools and based on a BIM concept, Retain allows improving the efficiency and reducing the cost of the assets’ useful life, both in the construction and maintenance phases.