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BIM Levels of Implementation (LOI)

With all of the new levels that are defined (Level of Detail, BIM Level, etc.) we thought there was one additional level that needed some definition: Level of Implementation (LOI).

With BIM, you can use as much or as little of the technology as you are willing and able. I’ve seen dozens of MEP engineering firms use Revit strictly as a modeling tool for coordination, others use it for its scheduling capability, but few use Revit to its full capability which is for calculations. There is no right or wrong way to use Revit, but there are advantages to every Level of Implementation (LOI) at an MEP engineering firm.

LOI 10: Revit for 3D & 4D Modeling
Time to implement: One to two days

The easiest and fastest way to implement Revit at an MEP firm is to use it only for its 3D modeling and intelligent tagging capabilities. This low LOI is acceptable in the building industry as most architects who mandate the use of Revit will only use your model to coordinate 3D elements for spatial planning.

  • Modeling on the same platform as the architect makes for an easy project setup.
  • Revisions to the architectural model can be tracked with the coordination tools which are built-in to Revit.
  • Creating drawings (sheets and views) is a breeze. Designers have the ability to create enlarged plans, sections, and elevations with almost no effort at all.
  • Since elements are controlled by categories and filters, it is a simple task to show as much or as little as you like per view and easy to edit these views during future revisions.
  • Generally, modeling elements 3-dimensionally helps to facilitate a coordinated building design in every phase, before construction before construction.

LOI 20: Revit for Scheduling
Time to implement: A few weeks

Scheduling in Revit is simple because it pulls the data that already exists in your model. A schedule is simply a way to view your model in a table. If Revit is used correctly and the information is already in the model, why not use schedules to display that information?

  • Never have to worry about counting equipment or devices again. Scheduled elements will always match what is shown on your plans since it is technically pulling the same information from the same model.
  • Data will always be coordinated between disciplines. As long as your multiple disciplines’ models are set up to exchange data properly, there will never be a disconnect between information between engineering disciplines.

LOI 30: Revit for Calculations
Time to implement: Possibly years

Calculations are as easy to generate in Revit as schedules. The real challenge is getting your team to ditch their Excel spreadsheets and trust a new software enough to develop calculation templates in Revit.

  • Using Revit to calculate pressure drop and electrical loads is ideal in a perfect world. If calculating the data that already exists in the model can be automated, why shouldn’t it?
  • Revit eliminates the human error factor of counting and calculating. As long as your model is accurate, your calcs will be as well.
  • By using a single source for your model, drawings, and calculations, you ensure that your data is always synchronised and there will never be a discrepancy between the three crucial elements of building design.

In conclusion, any Level of Implementation of Revit is an improvement over using 2D CAD for building design. Even if only used as a 3D coordination tool, the benefits of Revit will be apparent during the early design phases of your first project, regardless of the size.

We don’t expect LOI to become an industry standard term, but we do think that you don’t need to go “full BIM” when working on your first Revit project. Start small, then gradually work up to using BIM to its full potential.

Professor Arto Kiviniemi (University of Liverpool) and Barie Hasib (BIM REC) Present The True Meaning of Open BIM

An excellent webinar by Professor Arto Kiviniemi from the University of Liverpool. In this session, Professor Kiviniemi discusses the concepts of data sharing with BIM. He covers how building designs are currently exchanged, how the industry theorizes it will be exchanged, and his views on the reality of how building information model data will be exchanged in the future.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Facility Management (FM) Is The Future

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Yes, Revit is a design tool for architects and engineers. Revit is also evolving into a fabrication tool for contractors. But did you know that a Building Information Model (BIM) can also be beneficial for building owners and facility managers?

Autodesk, the leading software company for the building industry, acquired FM Desktop in 2006 only to be discontinued shortly after in 2009. Facility Managers were left scrambling for an alternative to manage their buildings digitally. While the workflow for managing your building from within facility management software hasn’t changed much over the years, the birth of BIM has encouraged change.

A Building Information Model (also known as a 4D model) is a term used for a 3-dimensional model containing real-world information. For example, you can assign a material to a floor, indicate a manufacturer and model number to mechanical equipment, or calculate electrical loads of power equipment. There is an infinite amount of information you can put into your BIM model.

With all of that being said, the possibilities of time saved by using BIM during post-occupancy are endless. With a COBie compliant BIM model, a Facility Manager would have minimal data entry. An owner can track assets in a dynamic schedule (or spreadsheet). The more ambitious building owners and operators might even be involved during the design phases of the building by assigning offices and spaces to employees before the building is even built.

The biggest challenge that the building industry has yet to overcome is how to get “good” data into a Building Information Model. The growing trend of using BIM from design through construction has raised many questions such as:

  • Who takes ownership of inputting COBie compliant data into the model?
  • What should a Facilities Manager look for in a BIM model?
  • When should the building owner or operator get involved in the design process?
  • How can an owner or operator use a BIM model during post-occupancy?

We believe to have an answer to “how” BIM and facility management can place nicely together.

Introducing FM:Interact by FM:SystemsFM:Systems - Facility Management Software that works with Revit

FM:Interact seems to be at the forefront of the BIM movement, allowing their users to manage their buildings with a live Revit model. It is a modular software for owners and operators who are looking to move to the next level of building management by using an intelligent 4D model.


Building information modeling (BIM) for Facility Managers/Management (FM) with FM: Interact by FM: Systems
Image courtesy of FM:Systems

FM:Interact offers 11 modules in total, with three core modules:

Space Management
Allows owners an operators to track space inventories, occupancy data, and benchmarks to improve occupancy all of the above.

Strategic Planning
Enables plans to synch with operations by helping managers analyze headcount requirements and forecast for future space needs.

Asset Management
Tracks all building assets including equipment, furniture, and all other physical assets.

One of the most exciting features of FM:Interact is its ability to synchronize with a “live” Revit model, so that changes made from the FM:Interact interface can be seen by anyone working with the Revit model. This two-way data connection is key for ensuring accurate 4D representation for building operations post-occupancy.

The video below is a demonstration of the interactivity between Revit and FM:Interact.

BIM Extension is here to work with building owners and facility managers to ensure that the BIM Model is an accurate representation of the building with facility management in mind. Contact us for a free consultation.