Saurabh Gangwar

Presentation: BIM for Facilities Management—Utopia vs Reality

Abstract: National BIM Standards (NBIMS) defines BIM as, “Building Information Modeling is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. As such it serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life cycle from inception onward.”

Utilizing BIM for Facilities Management (FM) has been the utopian dream of BIM enthusiasts since the inception of BIM. A fully parametric BIM can provide immediate access to information from mechanical component types and periodic maintenance records, to fixture and equipment inventories, to seating charts and disaster recovery plans.

Public agencies and large property owners have started mandating FM-BIM model deliverables as part of the project handover. Many contractors are marketing their capabilities to deliver FM-BIM models to distinguish themselves from competition.

However, a closer look at the process of delivering FM-BIM exposes that a gap exists in integrating facility related information with BIM models for efficient handover to support facility management operations. There are many technical challenges posed due to the lack of interoperability of multiple software involved. Also, there are challenges in the process of data gathering due to the current contractual framework.

This presentation will take a deeper dive in understanding the process and technology challenges in creating useful FM-BIM models and propose a roadmap to turn the utopian dream of BIM for FM into reality.

PMI Talent Triangle: Technical Project Management

Biography: Saurabh is an accomplished, results-driven Executive Leader with more than a decade of AEC industry experience. He is a diversely talented Technologist and Design & Construction Expert with cross- industry contributions and accomplishments encompassing Architectural Design, Construction Management, Technology Management, IT infrastructures, Building Information Modeling (BIM) implementation, Sustainable Practices and LEED compliance. His experience includes over nine years at Hess Construction where he worked his way up through the organization from project engineer to vice president of integrated construction. He then moved on to lead the Construction and Facilities Management practice at CADD Microsystems to provide technology solutions to the AECO industry. In his current role as part of the corporate VDC team at Clark Construction, Saurabh leads the development and implementation of Clark’s service offering for Underground Baseline Reporting and BIM-FM nationally.

Saurabh has experience in researching, purchasing, and implementing BIM tools, processes and procedures. He has successfully implemented various tools for field project management, quality control and quality assurance, coordination, document management, and model creation. He also has experience developing processes, procedures and implementing tools to streamline the way a construction company executes projects. Saurabh has several certifications, which include LEED AP BD+C, CM-BIM (AGC BIM management certificate) and Autodesk Certified Instructor.

Saurabh earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India and went on to earn a Master of Science from Virginia Tech University in Building Construction Management.