At the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) Spring Conference in Dallas, Texas, Broaddus & Associates presented on their experience providing project handover using Building Information Modeling and Facility Management (BIM/FM). Hyde Griffith, Vice President, and Matt Moore, BIM Manager, discussed recent successes and challenges of this process through accounts from clients on 12 individual projects.
"The best and most important practice is to prepare early, which gets the owner's staff better prepared to take over more efficiently and effectively," remarked Moore at the presentation. The discussion included the "project within a project" nature of this resource by noting the planning and execution requirements, which are similar (but separate) from design and construction.
On over 50 projects since 2009, Broaddus & Associates has been refining project handover (also called Transition to Operations) as an improved way of preparing to operate a facility before it is delivered. In this process, project AEC team members collect the information needed by the owner to run the facility during their normal routines and business processes. The information is organized in a way that can automate the population of a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), which gives the owner all the necessary information to successfully maintain their new facility after occupancy.