FM:Systems’ Enhanced BIM Integration Breaks Down Barriers Between AEC Firms and Facility Professionals
FM:Interact offers support for multiple models and advanced space management and asset integration
RALEIGH, N.C. – May 1, 2012 – FM:Systems, a provider of integrated workplace management systems (IWMS) and computer-aided facility management (CAFM) software, continues to lead the market in Lifecycle Building Information Modeling (BIM) by announcing significant enhancements in its BIM Integration Component with the latest release of FM:Interact. As an Autodesk Design and Construction Industry Partner, FM:Interact boasts many new capabilities to help facility managers capture the information from Autodesk Revit models to better manage their portfolio.
FM:Interact now allows facility professionals to easily integrate data from multiple BIM models. Many different firms work together on any construction project – architects, engineers, contractors and various subcontractors, etc. – and each firm often brings its own model to the project. Tying all the information from numerous models to one building record in FM:Interact ensures critical building data isn’t lost – one of the key benefits of working with BIM.
“FM:Systems’ Lifecycle BIM approach helps extend the value of data from Revit to support the way buildings are managed,” said Jim Lynch, vice president, building and collaboration products, Autodesk. “We support solutions such as this to help facility managers better manage their buildings based on BIM information.”
For space managers, FM:Interact’s BIM integration now supports both Autodesk Revit room and area elements. Support for Revit rooms lets facility managers track building information such as flooring types and architectural finishes while Revit areas help space managers keep accurate, detailed records of space and occupancy.
For maintenance professionals, the new mapping templates in FM:Interact help streamline asset integration. Templates define the BIM deliverable requirements for the various design and construction industry firms involved in a project, ensuring the operations team gets a model built specific to their needs. In addition, mapping templates can be used across multiple projects and buildings, providing facility professionals with consistent, reliable BIM data.
“One of the biggest challenges in Lifecycle BIM is helping facility professionals better communicate with design and construction industry firms in the beginning of a project so the models that are delivered have the information the building owner needs,” said Marty Chobot, vice president, FM:Systems. “Our goal is to build products that help remove the barriers for sharing building information. We want to help facility professionals plan occupancy and maintenance before they even take occupancy of the building.”
Additional features enable system administrators to control access to Revit, enhancing security on projects in which multiple design and construction industry firms are connected to the same system.
About FM:Systems, Inc.
By connecting people, place and process, FM:Systems helps facilities and real-estate professionals improve customer service, reduce costs and increase productivity enterprise-wide. FM:Systems Web-based software improves management of space, occupancy, moves, maintenance, leases and property.
Customer results include: real estate costs reduced by 15 percent, move spend reduced by 88 percent, enterprise productivity savings of $1.5 million and an internal customer satisfaction rate of 97 percent. Many of the world’s leading organizations rely on FM:Systems products, including Ally, CA Technologies, Devon Energy, FINRA, Freddie Mac, Herman Miller, Indiana University, Lockheed Martin, Northwestern University, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Progress Energy, and Target stores.
FM:Systems is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, and conducts business in the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information about FM:Systems, please visit fmsystems.com or call 1-800-648-8030.
Crossroads Public Relations on behalf of FM:Systems