Mitch Hughes in Facility Management Journal

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ViZZ CEO Mitch Hughes wrote an article in the May/June 2020 issue of FACILITY MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, Understand the Lifecycle of Your Property: The Benefits of BIM for FMS.

"The rise of Building Information Modeling and digital twin collaboration tools have transformed the AEC Industry. There is an increasing amount of knowledge, data and information gathering that takes place during the design and construction process. However, what happens once the keys to the property are handed over to the facility manager?

A recent colloquium at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, determined the lifespan of a conventional building, built using masonry and/or wood is about 120 years, while that of a reinforced concrete and glass curtain wall building-- such as a modern office building-- is about 60 years.

However, if it only take two years to design and build the average commercial building, then the design and construction phase accounts for roughly 2 percent of the overall life cycle of the building. Though the building phase is brief, it is critical for intelligence. Nearly 100% of the information needed to manage a building is collected during design and construction, but most of that information is lost or made virtually inaccessible at the handoff from the design and construction team to the owners and FMs.  

Imagine the value to future property owners if all the knowledge being collected about the building in the design and construction phase, such as who the designers and installers were and what the warranty and service requirements could be used during the remaining 98% of the property's life. So, what are some of the things that stand in the way of this vision? "...