Integration of Building Information Modeling (BIM) working methods in post construction phases are not very common in the Dutch Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry yet. However, in terms of money, subsequent Operation and Maintenance (O&M) costs of a building over its lifecycle could amount to many times more than the construction costs. In addition, this exploitation phase of a building is the longest phase.
During a building’s exploitation, diverse models or representations of a building are available with a vast amount of external data resulting in the need for distributed data management. This information and the BIM are usually stored locally and shared via email or project management systems and rarely connected across domains. While during exploitation, a lot of (re)usable data is generated, the industry is failing to enrich available models with this information. This inefficient information management causes significant costs. Furthermore, the lack of interoperability between software applications hampers the integration of BIM during the whole building’s lifecycle.