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

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

  1. Gewinne says:

    greetings
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