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Kim, Soojung, Poirier, Erik A. et Staub-French, Sheryl. 2020. « Information commissioning: bridging the gap between digital and physical built assets ». Journal of Facilities Management, vol. 18, nº 3. pp. 231-245.

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Purpose As the use of building information modeling (BIM) for facilities management (FM) continues to grow, questions remain around the quality and completeness of digital assets to support FM practices. This paper aims to examine the current gap between digital and physical assets in the absence of formal information requirements and its impact on the handover process. Design/methodology/approach An action-research was carried out with a large public organization to understand the challenges of their current FM processes and the steps required in developing an asset information model (AIM) from a project information model (PIM). A mixed method approach was employed with interviews, document analysis and an exploratory pilot case study. Findings This paper investigates the process, the challenges and the level of effort of the information commissioning process to create a fit-for-use AIM. Four distinct steps were identified in the process as follows: analyzing the handover PIM and documents, extracting FM-specific information, populating the model with the information and attaching operations and maintenance (O&M) documents. The research highlights the significant amount of effort that is required when no specific asset information requirements are formulated at the project onset. Practical implications The paper presents an information commissioning process that helps to develop an AIM from a PIM. Understanding the impact of the lack of requirements on the information commissioning process can help asset owners understand the importance of defining and articulating their information requirements up front. Originality/value This paper provides empirical evidence of the impact of the absence of formal information requirements on the development of a fit-for-use AIM.

Item Type: Peer reviewed article published in a journal
Poirier, Erik Andrew
Affiliation: Génie de la construction
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2020 15:32
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2020 21:43

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