Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Action

Wellington City Council Case Study - Bracken Road Flats
Applying BIM retrospectively as a data collection tool for maintaining social housing

Wellington City Council has recently published a case study that demonstrates how they use Building Information Modelling (BIM) to cost effectively manage its property portfolio, specifically focusing on a small social housing complex – Bracken Road Flats. It shows the value of BIM for asset and facilities management with benefits including the ability to forecast ongoing operating costs and plan maintenance to extend the life of assets. Capturing “big data” through BIM can help deliver affordable social housing and infrastructure for our communities.

As a social housing owner, WCC needs timely access to accurate building information to ensure its tenanted properties are maintained to an appropriate level. Accessing occupied properties to measure and assess their condition is difficult. Instead, WCC is using BIM as an effective tool to obtain accurate measurements to populate its Facilities Information System and Asset Management database (SPM Assets) for modelling.

SPM Assets was configured to mirror the metadata specifications for buildings and open spaces and provides the means to systematically collect and process the required asset information. The advanced system reporting then allows for the extraction of key information. This is helping WCC to cost effectively identify and schedule maintenance work required on its social housing portfolio. BIM provides the information to inform the operation of a building throughout its life cycle and helps predict the whole of life costs of an asset.

Click here to read the full case study.