Bracken Rd Flats Revisit

Making data smarter - BIM for more cost effective Asset and Facilities Management.

Five years ago, Wellington City Council (WCC) piloted BIM processes on a small existing social housing complex, called Bracken Road Flats. The council was trialling the retrospective application of BIM as a data collection tool for its social housing maintenance programme. WCC used the data to populate its asset management and facilities management (AM/FM) information system database, enabling it to model its social housing portfolio to tune the whole-of-life maintenance and management of its buildings.

The project successfully demonstrated how BIM outputs could be used to populate AM/FM systems – particularly when there is little or no data available on an asset. The benefits were clear. Council’s day-to-day maintenance activity improved as building managers worked with a more detailed picture showing the location and status of building components, such as plumbing and HVAC systems. Tradespeople also benefited, working with clearer instructions about what to look for and where to find it when they attended a job. Overall, the process of capturing “big data” through BIM helped WCC to cost effectively identify and schedule maintenance work required on its social housing portfolio to extend the life of the assets and enabled WCC managers to make better informed, evidence-based decisions.

This case study reviews the Bracken Rd Flats project, 5 years on, for the long-term benefits and scalability considerations of using BIM for big data capture in AM/FM.

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Project duration:
March 2014 - ongoing.

BIM Uses:
Record modelling for future refurbishments

Building (preventative) maintenance scheduling