It’s a small world sometimes. As contractors and owners in the United States experience all the challenges and benefits of BIM (building information modeling), so too do their counterparts around the globe in other construction markets.

For example, the Chinese construction market turns to integrated workflows for design, construction, and operations to help reduce costs and improve efficiencies. But just like in the United States, building owners are not readily applying BIM for the purposes of facilities management.

FM:Systems, www.fmsystems.com, Raleigh, N.C., says while BIM has played an integral role in project delivery in China, the benefits associated with intelligent models has not been fully leveraged by owners into the facilities management aspect of the project.

FM:Systems has found a partner in mainland China with FacilityOne, www.facilityone.cn/english/index.htm, FacilityOne’s BIM and FM solutions include computer-aided facility management that integrates with BIM, as well as BIM modeling with an emphasis on FM-friendly models. Whereas BIM models have been typically confined to project delivery in China, FacilityOne helps facilitate the focus of applying the model to be used during the operations phase.

It was announced the two companies will partner to deliver BIM and facilities management solutions to China’s construction market. FM:Systems could improve FacilityOne’s ability to bring the benefits of BIM to the operations phase of a building’s lifecycle, ultimately increasing the return on investment.

According to the companies, this partnership will allow BIM models and data to add value throughout the lifecycle of a building. This should help building owners and managers improve space management, streamline preventative maintenance, and make more economical retrofits and renovations, among other benefits.

In another announcement a little closer to the United States, InterSpec Inc., www.e-specs.com, Portland, Maine, and Digicon Information Inc., www.digicon.ab.ca, Edmonton, Alta., are partnering to deliver InterSpec’s e-SPECS software and services, integrated with the Canadian Master Specification (CMS) and the National Master Specification (NMS) construction specification documents, for customers in Canada. Digicon Information develops the CMS text, and publishes both CMS and the NMS through the Internet portal Spex.ca in an alliance with Construction Specifications Canada (CSC).

The e-SPECS platform helps customers manage their design preferences, lessons learned, code requirements, and LEED criteria, among other data. The company believes its platform can help users save time and money by developing project specification manuals coordinated with their building information models and drawings. This could also help with the reduction of such things as RFIs, change orders, and addendums, which slow down the project delivery process.