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BIM-enabled Facilities Management with ALLPLAN’s Bimplus platform

With ALLPLAN’s Bimplus and Spacewell’s MCS 20, two Nemetschek companies show the benefits of integrating BIM with CAFM.

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ALLPLAN, global provider of BIM solutions for the AEC industry, this month announced the integration of its Bimplus collaboration platform with MCS 20 from Nemetschek sister company Spacewell.

The partnership with Spacewell will bring deeper collaboration and sharing of data from Bimplus into Spacewell’s facilities management (FM) application.

Bimplus

The Bimplus solution provides a platform for collaboration using building model data allowing digital information to be unified across all disciplines along the entire lifecycle of buildings. Bimplus is a platform for bringing relevant data together and sharing this data with all project disciplines. It offers an open solution encouraging the development of domain-specific applications.

BIM-enabled Facilities Management with APPLAN’s Bimplus platform. With the integration of Bimplus collaboration platform within MCS 20, ALLPLAN and Spacewell bring the benefits of BIM to facilities management. (Image: Spacewell, C3A)

Bimplus already attracted a significant number of partner developers and the ecosystem around this platform is expanding quickly and establishing a trusted partner network. This latest partnership with Spacewell is another example demonstrating the value of the model database approach and the powerful API. The BIM working methodology is intended to support the entire building life cycle: not only the design and construction phases but also building operations and facility management (FM). BIM-enabled FM is still in the early stages but forms the basis for sustainable and holistic digitization in the real estate industry.

Extending BIM data into FM

With the launch of MCS 20, Nemetschek Group’s daughter company achieves the vision of BIM-enabled FM in cooperation with sister company ALLPLAN. With this latest release of its Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS), lifecycle intelligence is brought to building operations through bidirectional integration with ALLPLAN’s Bimplus collaboration platform.

The open BIM collaboration platform Bimplus enables spatial and asset data created through the BIM working methodology to be imported with floors, rooms and maintenance objects created automatically. Model revisions and changes can be processed, with information updated accordingly, and BIM models interrogated in a graphical way. Properties of BIM elements can be updated, and changes written back to Bimplus. Extended integration within MCS 20 further facilitates maintenance, through clear asset location information and properties within the BIM model.

Stefan Kaufmann, Product Manager BIM Strategy & New Technologies, comments:

“With the integration of Bimplus into MCS 20, we are taking a decisive step towards the goal of seamlessly connecting the AEC industry with end-to-end digital processes. Working closely with our Nemetschek sister company, Spacewell, we are delighted to support our colleagues in bringing the benefits of BIM to Facilities Management and within easy reach of building managers and field technicians”.

“As we have been told so often, BIM is intended to support the entire building life cycle: the design and construction phases, but also building operations and facility management. However, BIM-enabled FM has long remained in its infancy,” said Eric Van Bael, CEO at Spacewell. “I’m thrilled that our new release now brings the benefits of BIM for FM within easy reach of building managers and field technicians. By embedding BIM data into an IWMS while also connecting with the IoT to collect data about building utilization, MCS 20 extends the value of BIM beyond design and construction and opens the way to create digital twins that help owners and project teams leverage intelligence throughout the building life cycle.”

For more information on ALLPLAN’s Bimplus platform, please visit https://bimplus.net.

For more information on Spacewell’s MCS 20 for facilities management solutions, please visit here.

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