Record Modeling



Record Modeling is the process used to depict an accurate representation of the physical conditions, environment, and assets of a facility. The record model should, at a minimum, contain information relating to the main architectural, structural, and MEP elements. It is the culmination of all the BIM Modeling throughout the project, including linking Operation, Maintenance, and Asset data to the As-Built model (created from the Design, Construction, 4D Coordination Models, and Subcontractor Fabrication Models) to deliver a record model to the owner or facility manager. Additional information including equipment and space planning systems may be necessary if the owner intends to utilize the information in the future.

Potential Value

Aid in future modeling and 3D design coordination for renovation

Improve documentation of environment for future uses, e.g., renovation or historical documentation

Aid in the permitting process (e.g. continuous change vs. specified code.)

Minimize facility turnover dispute (e.g. link to contract with historical data highlights expectations and comparisons drawn to final product.)

Ability for embedding future data based upon renovation or equipment replacement

Provide owner with accurate model of building, equipment, and spaces within a building to create possible synergies with other BIM Uses

Minimize building turnover information and required storage space for this information

Better accommodate owner's needs and wants to help foster a stronger relationship and promote repeat business

Easily assess client requirement data such as room areas or environmental performance to as-designed, as-built or as-performing data.

Resources Required

under development

Team Competencies Required

Ability to manipulate, navigate, and review 3D model

Ability to use BIM modeling application for building updates

Ability to thoroughly understand facility operations processes to ensure correct input of information

Ability to effectively communicate between the design, construction, and facilities management teams

References for Additional Information

Brown, J. L. (September 2009). Wisconsin Bets on BIM. Civil Engineering , 40-41.

CRC for Construction Innovation. Adopting BIM for Facilities Management - Solutions for Managing the Syndey Opera House.

Gregerson, J. (December 2009). For Owners, BIM Has Vim. Buildings , 26.

Knight, D., Roth, S., & Rosen, S. (June 2010). Using BIM in HVAC Design. ASHRAE Journal , 24-34.

Madsen, J. J. (July 2008). Build Smarter, Faster, and Cheaper with BIM. Buildings , 94-96.

McKew, H. (July 2009). Owners, Please Demand More From Your IPD Team. Engineered Systems , 50.

Woo, J., Wilsmann, J., & Kang, D. (2010). Use of As-Built Building Information Modeling. Construction Research Congress 2010 , 538-548.

Sample Process Map(s)

[Link to Template Process Map - Under Development]

Potential Output Information

Model including Facility Management Information

Facility Asset List for Input into Facility Management System

Source:  BIM Project Execution Planning Guide, Ver. 2.2 with minor revisions.

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