Advancing the integration of BIM technology into the real estate sector

In the present era, it is undeniable that technology plays a significant role in various aspects of our daily lives, such as transportation, education, communication, and real estate. These technologies are designed with a similar goal of providing convenience and speed for everyone. Furthermore, they contribute to driving the real estate sector to work smoothly and more effectively. Today, OPEN-TEC (Tech knowledge sharing platform), powered by TCC Technology Group, has gathered knowledge from experience in managing and providing technology consultations related to property to leading organizations, aiming to elevate property management to the highest level of efficiency.


BIM, A Modern Technology to Meet Real Estate Business Needs


Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a technology that transforms buildings into data through the integration of 3D, Data, and Process. BIM is not only a tool for design but also for managing data with precision. It encompasses data related to materials, interior and exterior installation systems, or others, even the building's lighting. Furthermore, this data can be used for analysis and cost estimation during construction. Working in this manner helps streamline processes and reduce errors, enabling all parties involved to collaborate systematically and efficiently.


COBie and IFC, Vital Helpers in Converting BIM Data


As previously mentioned, BIM technology is all about dealing with massive amounts of "data," and managing this data can be done rapidly and conveniently through the use of international standardized software e.g. “COBie”, which stands for Construction Operations Building Information Exchange. COBie primarily serves the purpose of recording and delivering data between different BIMs efficiently. Another example of standard file format for exchange of data is IFC, which stands for Industry Foundation Classes. IFC is designed to support the storage and transfer of BIM model accurately.


Leverage systems for successful work


To make the BIM workflow more efficient, systems like CMMS, CAFM, and IWMS are becoming integral parts of real estate development. Here are the details:

  • Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS):

A computerized system for managing maintenance tasks that can help analyze and select maintenance methods. This results in reduced maintenance costs, decreased errors, and increased expertise among employees.

  • Computer-Aided Facility Management (CAFM):

Managing the assets and facilities within a building, including construction management, interior design, and accounting.

  • Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS):

A system for managing facilities and buildings, including space management, data analysis and reporting for decision-making, asset management and etc.

By integrating CMMS, CAFM, and IWMS systems, it becomes possible to efficiently manage the overall picture, making the workflow more efficient. This, in turn, leads to more confidence and precise decision-making.


From BIM to Intelligent Buildings, Meeting All Functional Requirements


BIM is considered a modern technology that drives the real estate sector towards the ability to design various types of intelligent buildings. Furthermore, BIM will be an integral part of planning various systems, including Building Automation System (BAS), Building Management System (BMS), and Building Energy Management System (BEMS). Users can control systems or equipment through smartphone applications, such as electrical systems, air conditioning, security systems, and lighting.


Lastly, BIM is a cutting-edge technology that significantly enhances the capabilities of the real estate business, particularly in its ability to transform buildings into fundamental data. This capability is essential for efficiently managing and controlling operations.


The content, mentioned above, has been gathered by OPEN-TEC, citing the sources from the 'PropTech Academy' workshop organized by TCC Technology and the open talk program -EP 30 titled 'Transforming new way of Building Management with Digital Twin.'


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