Successful BIM for building operation

The operation phase of a building accounts for 75% of the total project cost from initiation to deconstruction. How can the return on investment in BIM in the design and build phase be optimised by continuing to use it during building operation?

Building Information Modelling is going to revolutionise the function and the tasks of property-sector entities (asset and property management, work environment management, facility management and service providers) with common access to and sharing of property data, data updating, and interoperability with the other property management tools (asset and technical management – CMMS, space planning, accounting management, etc.).

Praxice® is placing a firm emphasis on this technological innovation, which is going to enable entities to communicate better on the needs of the occupants and thereby reposition them as the focus of the use of the asset. The design-phase engineering must be able to qualify and specify the data that should be available throughout the operation of the building and identify the view models necessary for consultation of that data.

What elements/data are useful for meeting the needs of building operation-maintenance entities? How can we use the data made available to us? Are all the data useful, and at what stage of the life cycle?

BIM contributes to avoiding load interruptions generating added costs and wasted time between the various property entities during the building construction, marketing and operation phases. BIM can be used to communicate technical data and prepare technical work on the equipment with augmented reality and connected objects for major maintenance operations in such a way that the nuisance for the occupant is minimised.

Ensuring the continuity of the data from the as-delivered building model (ND5) in order to prepare data updating is a new business area also accessible to the engineering sector with new tasks (data definition (LOD, LOI), production of building operation licence applications, view model definition, use of connected objects, etc.).

It is certain that new buildings will be designed using BIM, but existing property can also be shifted to BIM in operation. Praxice® intends to anticipate this demand for certain specific buildings in order to transform the work of service providers, as we have been able to do on the “Contrats de Performance Energétique” (energy performance contracts) in France.

Setec bâtiment has contributed on behalf of Syntec Ingénierie to the production of the guide “Réussir le BIM pour l’exploitation” (successful BIM for operation) published by the FEDENE; a first brick contributing to implementation of sustainable and applicable BIM over the building life cycle.


Praxice Department Manager
setec bâtiment
Emmanuel Fruit is responsible for matters related to total cost of operation-maintenance and energy efficiency improvement of buildings. He has developed the first building energy performance contracts and the methods related to the energy performance result warranty for contract implementation.