Five areas to address to reduce carbon emissions arising from the construction / build process

one: more off site production

two: more local sourcing of materials and contractors

three: address business travel (via social media?) 

four: eliminate waste (not just reduce!)

five: know your project carbon footprint to improve (using constructco2 or similar)

Easy eh?


Most everyone by now knows the purpose of a BIM … but how about social media based FIM’s: facilities intuition models?

The first part of the title for this post was contained in an intriguing and thought provoking article on the BIM and Integrated Design blog, entitled 

BiM: Building intuition Modeling  which claims

Most everyone in the AEC industry by now knows that the purpose of a building information model (BIM) is to generate and manage building data during its lifecycle. And that the model’s data – in the form of information – covers building geometry, light and energy analysis, geographic information, quantities for estimating costs and properties of building elements.

The article then makes the case for a knowledge, intuition based model that thinks for itself: 

But what if the BIM was used to contain acquired knowledge, build intuition and generate insights?

The article also includes a reference to the work of @be2camp friend at Studio Wikitecture,  Ryan Schultz, on the subject of Enabling Wiki: Task Definition for Distributed Management and 

crowdsourcing as a business plan that allows individuals with diverse viewpoints to integrate

The themes of the post struck a chord with some of my thinking in this area and lead to my following post comment:

Based in the UK I am surprised at the comment: “Most everyone in the AEC industry by now knows that the purpose of a building information model (BIM) is to generate and manage building data during its lifecycle”  The purpose and understanding of BIM here is very low and still regarded by the majority of the industry as a big innovative step, something for the future!


However its the thread of intuition that strikes a chord with my thinking on complexity, chaos thinking, facilities management and social media.


One of the main elements of complexity thinking is the notion of emergence, and that often emergence in directions not expected. As BIM matures and becomes more encompassing, so will the emergent uses and benefits. Hence managing or dealing with emergence comes close your thoughts on intuition.


I have been pushing the concept of FIM (Facilities Information Model) for a while, the argument being that the facility (ie building in use) is a higher level model to which a BIM (ie the creation of new buildings or facilities) is a subset.


A FiM (Facilities Intuition Model) could include the softer, POE, end user datasets and feelings. What is fascinating here is exploratory work of understanding facility users emotions and comments from social media such as twitter and foursquare. Start to wrap this into a BiM, FiM (Facilities Intuition Model) and we can see real potential.

The move from building to facilities information models, along with a move to intuition  models that mashes up crowdsourcing, twitter, foursquare and other social media applications hints at exciting futures for BIM

Will #facilities management take advantage of new #foursquare business features?

I previously blogged and commented on the facilities management potential for using the location based application Foursquare. Now Foursquare has launched a do-it-yourself tool for business to claim their venue/facility.

Can or will the new features on Foursquare make it easier for businesses and facilities management to promote aspects of their facilities, buildings and venues, taking more advantage of the location based social media?  The feature now allows owners (and fm's ?) to offer venue promotions and get insight on their Foursquare use and potental reach. 

Venue pages now include the message, “Are you the manger of this business?” and a link to begin the process. Any 'business owner' can claim their Foursquare venue but its easy to see how this could be managed as part of the venues facilities management package, and a key element of Community Based FM 

Also available are decals and window stickers promoting the facility / venue and of course Foursquare.

I would be very interested to hear of facilities management organisations using Foursquare or Twitter in this way ….

Will BIM move to FIM? (Webinar 16/4/10)

The concept of a Facilties Information Model as a more encompassing, arching umbrella model to a Building Information Model has been discussed over the last few years, but with little (public) evidence of use in practice.

I guess in some ways it reflects the larger discussion between construction and facilties management, between the provision of buildings and use of buildings. And, as in practice we see FM and endusers taking a more prominent role in design and construction, we will see BIM become Facilities Information Models.

Good then to see the public debate and webinar How Owners are using BIMStorms scheduled for 16th April: (Info from BIMStorms:)

Owners are looking at BIM in a much broader way, beyond just design and construction. Learn how everyone can learn how to work with information in BIM that brings greater value to owners for the full life-cycle of projects.

Linking Business Requirements to BIM
Early Planning
Design and Construction
Facility Management
Real time sensor data connected to BIM
Managing a portfolio of projects using Real Time BIM data
Creating a feedback loop to work with existing buildings in BIM

Please join us in this webinar that will show how owners such as The Los Angeles Community College, GSA, US Coast Guard, School Districts, are using BIMStorm and the Onuma System to define projects, interact with architects and manage lifecycle information.

April 16
9:00 AM Pacific
10:00 AM Mountain
11:00 AM CT
12:00 PM Eastern
4:00 PM London
5:00 PM Oslo
1:00 AM Tokyo (April 17)

This blog post will be updated after the webinar.