Our industry is moving toward being a fully integrated part of the construction process, and BIM are not the only initials we should be paying attention too. There is IPD (Integrated Project Delivery) and ILPD (Integrated Lean Project Delivery) and they are gaining momentum.
The contractors are leading the movement of change and the owners are quickly jumping on board. Owners are now seeing the great advantages that all this brings for them. They not only get a faster, more accurate and better coordinated construction process (which means money), they also are starting to look at the building information model as a deliverable for them to use to manage their facilities for years to come.
One of the next waves in BIM will be Facilities Management. Standards are being developed and owners are seeing the possibilities and the advantages. Architects and engineers better wake up and be prepared. M.Arch Architects is paying attention and is focusing its efforts on Facilities management, but this is a quickly evolving movement, and we must stay on top of it.