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Building information modeling for facilities management: a literature review and future research directions

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Although a considerable number of studies on building information modeling (BIM) for facilities management (FM) have been conducted during the past ten years, a lack of consensus remains among academics and practitioners concerning the successful and practical information exchange process between BIM and FM systems. There is a need to establish an up-to-date synthesis on the current status of information exchange and interoperability between BIM and FM systems. After an in-depth review of 113 journal articles published from 2008 to 2018, this study systematically presents (1) a holistic review and critical reflection on the current status of BIM implementation in FM with a focus on information exchange and interoperability, (2) research trends and patterns and (3) research gaps and a future agenda in this area. Through a bibliometric and content review analysis, this paper concludes that the process of information exchange between BIM models and FM systems is not a straightforward process, as software interoperability remains a significant challenge. Bridging this gap requires standardized practical processes to integrate different information sources related to maintenance management, health & safety management tasks and BIM data, to provide a rich semantic database to support FM systems. Finally, it is hoped that this paper will advocate further developing a seamless information exchange process between BIM and FM systems to overcome interoperability issues and facilitate BIM implementation in FM.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100755
JournalJournal of Building Engineering
Early online date5 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


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