R. Liu 1 and R. R. A. Issa 2

1Construction Science and Management Program, College of Architecture, 501 W.César E. Chávez Blvd,

San Antonio, TX -78207; PH (210) 458-3054; email:

2Rinker School of Building Construction, University of Florida, PO Box 115703, Gainesville, FL, USA

32611-5703; PH (352) 273-1152; email:

As Building Information Modeling (BIM) becomes widely adopted by the construction industry, it holds undeveloped possibilities for supporting Facility Management (FM). Some FM information systems on the market claim to address the needs for FM requirement. However, the question of whether the functionalities provided by the current BIM-based FM software companies are those actually required by the FM Professionals still need to be answered. The data is required by FM professionals in the operation and maintenance phases of facilities and type of maintainability problems that frequently occur, which can be solved early in design phase, have not yet been addressed. The aim of this paper is to clarify the frequently occurring maintainability problems and to investigate the potential areas that can use BIM technology to solve the maintenance problems in early the design phase. A survey was conducted to collect perspectives from the industry practitioners for the maintenance problems and their frequency. The survey results indicated that maintainability considerations should be taken into consideration during the facility design phase. The results also address the perceived areas by practitioners that need maintainability consideration in design phase.
Keywords: Design; Management; Phase; maintainability; Maintenance; Construction; Projects; Survey;
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