The use of dynamo to automate the process needed to prepare building information modelling (BIM) models for facility management and operations


Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a process that allows multiple project stakeholders to collaborate from the planning and design stage to the construction of the building within a 3D model. In turn, the information can then be extended to be used for facility operations and management. However, the effective operational benefits inherent in BIM models are not usually realised at the facility management (FM) stage. There are two main circumstances to consider; inaccurate as-built BIM models received from the contractors and the lack of BIM skills by facility owners and managers to check BIM models received for accuracies, completeness, and any other problems. Additionally, they are also unsure about how to transform the 3D as-built BIM models to 6D BIM FM models, which will be more suitable for operational use. Thus, the BIM models are usually left untouched, unused, and neglected throughout the building’s operations stages. This, in turn, wastes the efforts placed into the creation of as-built BIM models in the first place. There is a need to provide a solution to these problems to improve productivity in the FM sector. A solution that could potentially help address the concerns was developed. The potential benefits inherent in the developed solution was tested. There was a noticeable reduction in the time taken in identifying errors and inaccuracy in as-built models, and transforming as-built 3D models to 6D FM models. This study is important because it provides the knowledge needed to streamline and improve productivity in the facility management sector.

Keywords: Facility management, Building Information modelling, Computational BIM, Productivity

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Cite as: “Chua C and Fadeyi MO (2020). The use of dynamo to automate the process needed to prepare building information modelling (BIM) models for facility management and operations. Built Environment Applied Research Sharing #01, ISSUU Digital Publishing Platform.”

Published by Moshood Fadeyi

Dr. Moshood Olawale Fadeyi, a creative professor, is an Associate Professor of Sustainable Building Value Delivery at the Singapore Institute of Technology. Dr. Fadeyi holds four university degrees, including a Ph.D. in Indoor Environment and Energy from the National University of Singapore and Technical University of Denmark. Dr. Fadeyi is architecture (BSc Arch and M.Arch.), building science (MSc.), and engineering (Ph.D.) trained. Dr. Fadeyi is an architect, an indoor air quality expert, chartered engineer (UK) – building services, chartered construction manager (UK), and specialist adult educator. Dr. Fadeyi is a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (UK), Chartered Institute of Building (UK), and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers. Currently, Dr. Fadeyi research aims to enhance applied learning pedagogy to make students job-ready upon graduation and improve industry and community practices. His applied learning pedagogy enhancement is informed by applied research, artistic research, and case study research grounded in design, critical, reflective, scientific, and lean thinking and digital solutions adoption. He has written more than 180 published scholarly and peer-reviewed articles in line with applied learning pedagogy enhancement and basic research. Dr. Fadeyi research and scholarship domain are in (i) value-oriented productivity in healthy and energy-efficient indoor air delivery, (ii) value-oriented productivity in design, construction, and facility management practices, and (iii) problem-based learning. Dr. Fadeyi researches to educate and solve industry and community-related problems. Dr. Fadeyi expertise and leadership are highly sought after by companies and government agencies. Dr. Fadeyi is the Editor, Author, and Cartoonist of Indoor Air Cartoon Journal – an online learning resource providing applied learning on IAQ with audiences from over 100 countries. Dr. Fadeyi is a former National Taekwondo Champion in Singapore - Black Belt Middle-Heavy Weight category, 2006.

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